Influenza

Flu Vaccine Cuts Mortality in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Flu Vaccine Cuts Mortality in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, particularly elderly patients, who receive the influenza vaccine have significantly lower morbidity and mortality.

Comparison of Live Attenuated vs Inactive Influenza Vaccine in Nursing Mothers

Comparison of Live Attenuated vs Inactive Influenza Vaccine in Nursing Mothers

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Both LAIV and IIV are safe for nursing mothers, however, breast milk and serum antibody responses were higher for IIV.

H1N1 Immune Priming and Egg-Adaptation Affect Antibody Responses After Vaccination

H1N1 Immune Priming and Egg-Adaptation Affect Antibody Responses After Vaccination

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Immune priming with seasonal H1N1 viruses earlier in life and egg-adaptation in vaccines can impact antibody responses following influenza vaccination.

Predictors of Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

Predictors of Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

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A direct recommendation from physicians had the greatest effect on patients' positive vaccination status.

Mucus Protects Airborne Flu Virus at All Humidities

Mucus Protects Airborne Flu Virus at All Humidities

Influenza virus aerosols remain infectious at all humidity levels.

Influenza-MRSA Co-Infection May Require Vancomycin Plus Second Antibiotic

Influenza-MRSA Co-Infection May Require Vancomycin Plus Second Antibiotic

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The early addition of a second anti-MRSA antibiotic to vancomycin may reduce mortality in severe cases of influenza-MRSA co-infection in children.

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

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Baloxavir marboxil, an investigational, oral treatment for acute uncomplicated influenza in those aged ≥12 years has been granted Priority Review by the FDA.

CDC Surveillance Information for the 2017-2018 Influenza Season in the United States

CDC Surveillance Information for the 2017-2018 Influenza Season in the United States

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The 2017-2018 influenza season in the United States (October 1, 2017-May 19, 2018) was a high-severity season.

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Advised for Healthcare Personnel in VA, Non-VA Hospitals

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Advised for Healthcare Personnel in VA, Non-VA Hospitals

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A national survey was conducted to assess influenza prevention practices in Veterans Affairs and non-Veterans Affairs hospitals in the United States.

Increase in Requirement for Influenza Vaccinations at Non-VA Hospitals

Increase in Requirement for Influenza Vaccinations at Non-VA Hospitals

At non VA hospitals, but not in VA hospitals, there was an increase in mandatory influenza vaccination requirements for health care personnel from 2013 to 2017.

AAP Recommends Shot Over Nasal Spray for 2018-2019 Flu Season

AAP Recommends Shot Over Nasal Spray for 2018-2019 Flu Season

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The advisory comes early as physicians are currently placing vaccine orders.

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy

Even relatively low-efficacy influenza vaccines can have a high impact, especially with optimal distribution across age groups.

FDA to Review Fluzone Quadrivalent 0.5mL Dose for Younger Patients

FDA to Review Fluzone Quadrivalent 0.5mL Dose for Younger Patients

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The sBLA included clinical data from a Phase 4 study that enrolled nearly 2000 children and assessed the safety and immunogenicity of the 0.5mL dose.

Increased Pollution Exposure Ups Health Care Visits for Acute LRI

Increased Pollution Exposure Ups Health Care Visits for Acute LRI

Short-term exposure to fine particulate matter is associated with increased health care utilization for acute lower respiratory infection.

ACOG: Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

ACOG: Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

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This updated Committee Opinion includes more recent data on the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccination during pregnancy, as well as recommendations for treatment and postexposure chemoprophylaxis.

Adult Caregivers Likely to Receive Influenza Vaccination From Pediatric Clinics

Adult Caregivers Likely to Receive Influenza Vaccination From Pediatric Clinics

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Adult caretaker influenza vaccination cocooning programs can prove beneficial and financially successful in private practice models where external funding is limited or not available.

Inactivated Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Highly Efficacious in Children Aged 6-35 Months

Inactivated Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Highly Efficacious in Children Aged 6-35 Months

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Study adds to the body of existing evidence to support universal vaccination of all children from 6 months of age, irrespective of risk status, to prevent influenza in this age group and to reduce the spread of influenza in the general population.

Efficacy of Adjuvanted vs Conventional Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Compared

Efficacy of Adjuvanted vs Conventional Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Compared

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MF59 adjuvanted, quadrivalent influenza vaccine (aQIV) was found to be more efficacious in preventing influenza than a non-adjuvanted conventional influenza vaccine in children aged 6 through 23 months.

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

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During the cold and flu season, the use and over-dosing of paracetamol is common, and may partially be driven by higher use of over-the-counter combination medications for the treatment of upper respiratory cold/flu symptoms.

Pneumonia and Influenza May Trigger Acute MI, Stroke

Pneumonia and Influenza May Trigger Acute MI, Stroke

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Researchers found increased myocardial infarction rates during the week after Streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza infections.

A 56-Year-Old Man With Flu-Like Symptoms Presents With Palpitations

A 56-Year-Old Man With Flu-Like Symptoms Presents With Palpitations

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A 56-year-old man with improved flu-like symptoms, but marked shortness of breath and palpitations, presents to an urgent care center.

Increased Risk for Acute Respiratory Illness Following Influenza Vaccine in Children

Increased Risk for Acute Respiratory Illness Following Influenza Vaccine in Children

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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

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

Improving Efforts to Prepare for Influenza Epidemics

Improving Efforts to Prepare for Influenza Epidemics

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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.

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.

Quadrivalent recombinant influenza vaccine noninferior to inactivated vaccine

The quadrivalent recombinant influenza vaccine was noninferior when compared with the quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine for immunogenicity.

Prevention of Vaccine Failure in <i>Haemophilus influenzae</i> Type B Vaccines

Prevention of Vaccine Failure in Haemophilus influenzae Type B Vaccines

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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

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

Religious Exemptions vs Mandatory Vaccinations: An Expert Perspective

Religious Exemptions vs Mandatory Vaccinations: An Expert Perspective

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Lawyers make things complicated — including policies requiring mandatory influenza vaccinations for healthcare workers.

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.

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