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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Why the Flu Vaccine Is Less Effective in the Elderly

Dec. 15, 2015 — Around this time every year, the flu virus infects up to one-fifth of the US population and kills thousands of people, many of them elderly. A new study now explains why the flu vaccine is less ... read more

Flu Fighting Strategies Should Be Tailored to Cities and Rural Areas: York U Study

Dec. 14, 2015 — In the face of a flu epidemic, a one-size fits all vaccine strategy won't be effective, a new study has found. Instead, strategies need to change significantly depending on the characteristics ... read more

Study Offers Remedy to Flu Vaccine Delivery Problems

Dec. 10, 2015 — The annual delivery of influenza vaccine to the American public is hardly a straight shot from federal health officials to vaccine manufacturers to physicians to patients. A recurring and vexing part ... read more

Prime-Boost H7N9 Influenza Vaccine Concept Promising in Clinical Trial

Dec. 10, 2015 — With hopes of making one dose of an inactivated H7N9 vaccine fully protective, scientists successfully tested a prime-boost concept in a small clinical trial. The 'primer' vaccine ... read more

Using 'Big Data' to Fight Flu

Dec. 9, 2015 — Thanks to 'big data', researchers have identified new molecules that are instrumental in the replication of the flu virus. If these host proteins are blocked, influenza viruses are unable ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Within weeks, flu will start spreading. Multiple national recommendations urge all healthcare workers to get the influenza vaccination, to reduce the chances they will pass the virus on to their ... read more

New Vaccine Strategy Better Protects High-Risk Cancer Patients from Flu

Dec. 6, 2015 — Researchers have developed a vaccine strategy that reduces the risk of flu infections in cancer patients at highest risk for ... read more

Genetic Risk for Hyperinflammatory Disorder from Viral Infection Identified

Nov. 24, 2015 — A group of people with fatal H1N1 flu died after their viral infections triggered a deadly hyperinflammatory disorder in susceptible individuals with gene mutations linked to the overactive immune ... read more

Evidence of Probable Transmission of Bird Flu Virus Between Two Unrelated Individuals

Nov. 19, 2015 — The first evidence of probable person to person transmission of avian influenza A (H7N9) virus has been documented between two unrelated individuals in a hospital in ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — A bizarre result of a routine lab experiment has led researchers to an unexpected new way to trigger the production of red blood cells. This could represent a significant step forward in the battle ... read more

Research Paves Way for Flu Treatments

Nov. 2, 2015 — Scientists have delved into the complexities of exactly how the flu virus works and why it's so effective at making people so sick. Their intention is to find new ways to treat the flu, and ... read more

Could Self-Disseminating Vaccines Cut Off Emerging Infectious Diseases at Source?

Nov. 2, 2015 — An expert review identifies state-of-the-art of self-disseminating vaccines as a new and potentially powerful strategy to circumvent diseases such as Ebola at the animal source before their ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — Individuals who get the flu vaccine lose their immunity to the H1N1 influenza virus in about two years, according to a new ... read more

'Ensemble' Modeling Could Lead to Better Flu Forecasts

Oct. 29, 2015 — By combining data from a variety of non-traditional sources, a research team led by computational epidemiologists has developed predictive models of flu-like activity that provide robust real-time ... read more

Studies Raise Questions About Impact of Statins on Flu Vaccination in Seniors

Oct. 29, 2015 — A new pair of studies suggests that statins, drugs widely used to reduce cholesterol, may have a detrimental effect on the immune response to influenza vaccine and the vaccine's effectiveness at ... read more

Alerting the Immune System's Watchmen to Improve Vaccines

Oct. 28, 2015 — As the days get colder and shorter, we carve jack-o-lanterns and drink pumpkin spice lattes. But one fall tradition can actually keep you healthy: getting your flu shot. Like all vaccines, the flu ... read more

Multi-Tasking Flu Vaccine Could Provide Better Protection Against Outbreaks

Oct. 27, 2015 — Researchers have found a way to boost the effectiveness and cross-protective capabilities of an influenza A vaccine by adding a simple component. The research in mice could lead to better seasonal ... read more

Vaccinating Children May Be Cost-Effective for Tackling Flu

Oct. 13, 2015 — Extending flu vaccine administration to UK children may be a cost-effective way to reduce disease burden in the general population, according to research. The study, which was part of the evidence ... read more

Study Finds Significant Decrease in Hospitalization of Older Nursing Home Residents With High Dose Influenza Vaccine

Oct. 10, 2015 — Researchers found that flu immunizations with four times the strength of standard flu shots significantly reduced the risk of being hospitalized during the influenza season. The group that received ... read more

Major Flu Drug Report Underway

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new landmark report reveals that anti-viral drugs called NAIs (like Tamiflu) have been successful in reducing deaths in flu patients in hospital. The report also reveals that preventative use of ... read more

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