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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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High Dose Influenza Vaccine Reduced Hospitalization in Patients Receiving Dialysis

High Dose Influenza Vaccine Reduced Hospitalization in Patients Receiving Dialysis

High-dose influenza vaccines were associated with lower rates of hospitalization among patients on dialysis, compared with standard doses of the vaccine.

Rates of Influenza Vaccination for Pedestrian Crossers at US-Mexico Border

Rates of Influenza Vaccination for Pedestrian Crossers at US-Mexico Border

Travelers who cross the US-Mexico border 8 or more times per month have a lower rate of influenza vaccination than those who cross less frequently.

Influenza Point-of-Care Tests Influence Patient Outcomes

Influenza Point-of-Care Tests Influence Patient Outcomes

Point-of-care testing for influenza has a role persons with influenza-like illnesses, particularly in emergency departments and during influenza epidemics, but tests are not a substitute for clinical assessment.

Prior Influenza Vaccination Not Associated With Future Vaccine Efficacy in Children

Prior Influenza Vaccination Not Associated With Future Vaccine Efficacy in Children

Prior-season influenza vaccination history was not associated with reduced vaccine effectiveness in children.

Statin Use Does Not Modify Flu Vaccine Effectiveness in Adults

Statin Use Does Not Modify Flu Vaccine Effectiveness in Adults

Statin use did not modify the effect of vaccination on influenza in adults ≥45 years.

Rates of High-Dose Influenza Vaccination Low Among Dialysis Patients

Rates of High-Dose Influenza Vaccination Low Among Dialysis Patients

The use of high-dose influenza vaccines was low among patients with end-stage renal disease, who may not benefit from standard influenza vaccines.

Low Levels of Flu Reported in U.S. From May to October

Low Levels of Flu Reported in U.S. From May to October

Seasonal influenza activity was also found to be low in the Southern Hemisphere.

High-Dose Flu Vaccine May Cut Hospitalization in Dialysis Patients

High-Dose Flu Vaccine May Cut Hospitalization in Dialysis Patients

Significant reduction seen in hospitalization with receipt of high-dose versus standard-dose vaccine.

Afluria, Afluria Quadrivalent Approved for Use in Patients 6 Months and Older

Afluria, Afluria Quadrivalent Approved for Use in Patients 6 Months and Older

The vaccines are indicated for active immunization against influenza disease caused by virus subtypes A and type B present in the vaccine.

Influenza Vaccination Rates Vary as Clinic Day Progress

Influenza Vaccination Rates Vary as Clinic Day Progress

Research results indicated vaccination rates declined as clinic day progressed and that active choice intervention was linked with increased vaccinations.

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