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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Researchers Monitor for Next Novel Influenza Strain

Mar. 3, 2015 — While flu season starts to die down, researchers are diligently monitoring for the next novel influenza virus by monitoring swine influenza viruses. The work is starting with swine in the field. ... read more

Confidence in Government Linked to Willingness to Vaccinate

Feb. 2, 2015 — Confidence in government may play a key role in the public's willingness to get at least some vaccines, a new study suggests. The study found that people trusting the government's ability ... read more

Feb. 2, 2015 — As flu season continues, researchers are studying how the disease is transmitted through the air, in hopes that her results will lead to new strategies to fight the ... read more

Skip the Dip! Super Bowl Team Cities See Spike in Flu Deaths

Jan. 30, 2015 — Having a team in the Super Bowl correlated to an average 18 percent increase in flu deaths among those over 65 years old, according to a study of health data covering 35 years of championship ... read more

Totality of Trials Data Confirm Tamiflu Reduces Length of Symptoms, Complications, and Hospital Admissions from Influenza

Jan. 30, 2015 — The most thorough analysis of oseltamivir (marketed as Tamiflu) data to date, including all available published and unpublished randomised treatment trials of adults, suggests that the antiviral drug ... read more

Forecasting the Flu Better

Jan. 29, 2015 — Researchers say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now. The study uses social network analysis ... read more

Low Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Nursing Home Employees Put Residents at Risk, Study Finds

Jan. 27, 2015 — Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but the vaccination rate for nursing home staff is only 54 percent in the United States, according to a ... read more

How Your Friends Might Help You Avoid Flu

Jan. 26, 2015 — A study of social networks has yielded clues about how best to improve vaccination rates for influenza. Influenza is a global health problem, affecting 3 to 5 million people a year and causing ... read more

What to Do in a Flu Epidemic? Stay at Home and Watch TV

Jan. 23, 2015 — Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) include actions individuals can take to reduce disease spread, such as hand washing and minimizing contacts with sick people. These can play a key role in ... read more

Breakthrough May Impact Flu Vaccination

Jan. 20, 2015 — An analysis of 10 years' worth of data on human influenza B viruses has shed new light on the pathogen which can cause the seasonal flu. Findings from this study could help make flu immunization ... read more

One Punch to Knock out Flu

Jan. 14, 2015 — When comparing the potency of an isolated strain-specific flu antibody (the type that current vaccines generate) with an isolated broadly-neutralizing flu antibody (the type generated by universal ... read more

Brain Protein Aids Influenza Recovery, Scientists Find

Jan. 12, 2015 — A brain protein that boosts the healing power of sleep and speeds an animal's recovery from the flu has been discovered by researchers who say that the discovery could lead to alternative ... read more

Although Flu Viruses Are a Moving Target, This Season's Vaccine Still Offers Protection

Jan. 7, 2015 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that flu activity is “high” or “widespread” in 43 states and call it an epidemic this season. Most of the cases are caused by the H3N2 ... read more

Infection Control Preparedness Measures Control Avian Flu in Hong Kong Hospital

Jan. 5, 2015 — A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong health-care system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as avian flu, ... read more

Dec. 29, 2014 — An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened more than ... read more

Dec. 18, 2014 — Ferrets share a mutation that was previously thought to be unique to humans, among the mammals, research has shown for the first time. This helps to explain why the molecular characteristics of ... read more

High-Dose Flu Vaccine Superior for Frail Elderly Living in Long-Term Care Facilities

Dec. 18, 2014 — The high-dose flu vaccine is significantly better than the regular flu shot at boosting the immune response to the flu virus in frail, older residents of long-term care facilities, according to the ... read more

A Key Human Gene Modifies the Immune Response to Flu Vaccine

Dec. 11, 2014 — How much protection the annual flu shot provides depends on how well the vaccine (which is designed based on a 'best guess' for next season's flu strain) matches the actually ... read more

Keeping Families Safe from the Flu

Dec. 10, 2014 — The flu, or seasonal influenza virus, is extremely unpredictable. Its severity can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including the strains of flu spreading, ... read more

Dec. 10, 2014 — Mathematical models predicted it, and now a study confirms it: Immunizing school-aged children from flu can protect other segments of the population, as well, researchers ... read more

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