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Improving Efforts to Prepare for Influenza Epidemics

Improving Efforts to Prepare for Influenza Epidemics

Although substantial emphasis is placed on vaccinations in considering how to limit the spread of influenza, simple hygienic methods have been found to be the most effective and should be more widely supported.

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Increased Risk for Acute Respiratory Illness Following Influenza Vaccine in Children

Increased Risk for Acute Respiratory Illness Following Influenza Vaccine in Children

Among children there was an increased risk for acute respiratory illness caused by noninfluenza respiratory pathogens following influenza vaccination compared to unvaccinated children during the same period.

Temporary Methotrexate Discontinuation Improves Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Immunogenicity

Temporary Methotrexate Discontinuation Improves Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Immunogenicity

Discontinuing methotrexate for 2 weeks following flu vaccine may improve the immunogenicity of the vaccine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Recombinant Influenza Vaccine Found to Be Safe in Children

Recombinant Influenza Vaccine Found to Be Safe in Children

Researchers compared the safety and immunogenicity of the quadrivalent, recombinant influenza vaccine vs the inactivated influenza vaccine in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years of age.

Prevention of Vaccine Failure in Haemophilus influenzae Type B Vaccines

Prevention of Vaccine Failure in Haemophilus influenzae Type B Vaccines

Higher serum bactericidal activity following immunization with PRP-CRM197 reflected superior short-term and long-term seroprotective effects compared with immunization with PRP-T.

Influenza Vaccination May Reduce Mortality Risk in Heart Failure

Influenza Vaccination May Reduce Mortality Risk in Heart Failure

A meta-analysis sought to determine the effect of influenza vaccination on cardiac-related mortality in patients with heart failure.

Acetaminophen Use, Overdose Increases During Influenza Season

Acetaminophen Use, Overdose Increases During Influenza Season

New study finds an increase in acetaminophen use and overdosing during cold and flu season.

Newer Rapid Influenza Tests Better at Ruling In Influenza

Newer Rapid Influenza Tests Better at Ruling In Influenza

Further research on rapid tests is warranted, as industry-sponsored research tends to favor the industry's product and affects how physicians practice medicine.

Oseltamivir Does Not Increase Suicide Risk in Pediatric Population

Oseltamivir Does Not Increase Suicide Risk in Pediatric Population

Use of oseltamivir does not appear to increase the risk of suicide in pediatric patients.

Influenza Risk Not Increased by Statins Following Vaccination

Influenza Risk Not Increased by Statins Following Vaccination

Treatment with statin medications around the time of influenza vaccination does not significantly affect influenza risk in older adults.

Preventing Hospitalizations in the Elderly: High-Dose vs Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccine

Preventing Hospitalizations in the Elderly: High-Dose vs Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccine

In protecting senior Veterans Health Administration patients against influenza- or pneumonia-associated hospitalization, high-dose influenza vaccine was more effective than standard-dose vaccine.

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