Influenza

Flu Vaccine Linked to Reduced Risk for Death in Heart Failure

Flu Vaccine Linked to Reduced Risk for Death in Heart Failure

After extensive adjustment for confounders, influenza vaccination is associated with a reduced risk for all-cause and cardiovascular death among patients with heart failure.

High Dose Influenza Vaccine Reduced Hospitalization in Patients Receiving Dialysis

High Dose Influenza Vaccine Reduced Hospitalization in Patients Receiving Dialysis

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

First-in-Class Antiviral Approved for the Treatment of Influenza

First-in-Class Antiviral Approved for the Treatment of Influenza

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"This is the first new antiviral flu treatment with a novel mechanism of action approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.

Influenza Vaccination Rates Vary as Clinic Day Progress

Influenza Vaccination Rates Vary as Clinic Day Progress

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

Early Oseltamivir Use Linked to Clinical Benefits in Influenza Complicating ARDS

Early Oseltamivir Use Linked to Clinical Benefits in Influenza Complicating ARDS

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Patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome and confirmed influenza diagnosis treated ≤6 hours with oseltamivir had reduced length of hospital stay and a lower rate of mortality.

Population Density, Structure Impact Length of Flu Season

Population Density, Structure Impact Length of Flu Season

Population density and structure may impact the length of the influenza season regardless of climatic conditions.

High-Dose Influenza Vaccination May Benefit Transplant Recipients

High-Dose Influenza Vaccination May Benefit Transplant Recipients

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Double-dose influenza vaccine is safe and may increase antibody response in solid-organ transplant recipients

Statins Increase Risk for Medically Attended Acute Respiratory Illness

Statins Increase Risk for Medically Attended Acute Respiratory Illness

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Elderly patients who have been inoculated with the influenza vaccine and who also use a statin are at a greater risk for medically attended acute respiratory illness.

Strain Selection for Annual Influenza Vaccines Should Consider Preexisting Immunity

Strain Selection for Annual Influenza Vaccines Should Consider Preexisting Immunity

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Repeated exposure to the influenza virus affects antibody quantity and quality, and strains selected for seasonal vaccines may not provide coverage sufficient for individuals frequently infected and/or vaccinated.

Three-Quarters of Health Care Workers Got Flu Shot Last Year

Three-Quarters of Health Care Workers Got Flu Shot Last Year

Just over three-quarters of health care personnel received a flu vaccine last season.

Novel Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Shows Tolerability, Safety, and High Immune Response

Novel Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Shows Tolerability, Safety, and High Immune Response

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NasoVAX, an adenovirus-based intranasal flu vaccine, shows tolerability, safety, and higher cellular immune response compared to an injectable vaccine.

Baloxavir Marboxil Safe and Effective for High-Risk Influenza Patients

Baloxavir Marboxil Safe and Effective for High-Risk Influenza Patients

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When compared to placebo, baloxavir marboxil was associated with reduced risk of influenza complications and faster recovery.

80,000 Americans Died From Influenza Over Last Year

80,000 Americans Died From Influenza Over Last Year

2017 to 2018 flu strains affect the very young and elderly especially signifantly; poor vaccine/strain match-up

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

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Mandatory genetic testing may also constitute an undue threat to employee autonomy and privacy.

Active Choice Intervention Tied to Increase in Flu Shot Rates

Active Choice Intervention Tied to Increase in Flu Shot Rates

An active choice intervention is associated with an increase in influenza vaccination rates.

Baloxavir Marboxil, Safe and Effective in Treatment of Uncomplicated Influenza

Baloxavir Marboxil, Safe and Effective in Treatment of Uncomplicated Influenza

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A single dose of baloxavir marboxil was superior to placebo in controlling influenza symptoms in patients with uncomplicated disease.

Influenza an Independent Risk Factor for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Influenza an Independent Risk Factor for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

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Influenza proved to be an independent risk factor for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.

AAP Updates Recommendations for Pediatric Flu Vaccination

AAP Updates Recommendations for Pediatric Flu Vaccination

All children and adolescents are advised to undergo annual influenza immunization, ideally with an inactivated influenza vaccine.

Influenza Caused Emirates Flight to Be Briefly Quarantined at JFK

Influenza Caused Emirates Flight to Be Briefly Quarantined at JFK

The mysterious illness that kept a plane away from the terminal after some passengers reported feeling sick has been confirmed as the flu.

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe - excluding pandemics - on record.

Immune Cells' Gene Expression May Predict Flu Susceptibility

Immune Cells' Gene Expression May Predict Flu Susceptibility

KLRD1-expressing natural killer cells may be a biomarker for influenza susceptibility.

China Withholding H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Samples From the United States

China Withholding H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Samples From the United States

Specimens of the rapidly evolving virus are needed to develop vaccines and treatments.

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