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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

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

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

Seasonal Flu Vaccines Boost Immunity to Many Types of Flu Viruses, Research Suggests

Dec. 8, 2014 — Seasonal flu vaccines may protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types, according to a study. The finding is exciting "because it ... read more

Correcting Myths About the Flu Vaccine: Effective?

Dec. 8, 2014 — Correcting myths about vaccines may not be the most effective approach to promoting immunization among vaccine skeptics according to a recent study. The research found that debunking the myth that ... read more

Vaccination Remains the Best Way to Avoid the Flu

Dec. 4, 2014 — Joy and goodwill aren’t the only things we start spreading to friends, family, colleagues -- even strangers -- this time of year. Late fall and early winter also signal the start of annual spread ... read more

Current Guidelines Not Clear on Which Children Most at Risk of Severe Flu Complications

Dec. 4, 2014 — Children born prematurely are at an increased risk of flu-related complications, despite not being identified as an “at risk” group in UK, USA, or WHO guidelines, and should be a priority group ... read more

Ferret Genome Sequenced, Holds Clues to Respiratory Diseases

Nov. 17, 2014 — The draft sequence of the ferret genome provides genetic information important to the study of respiratory disorders. Scientists are now able to examine the network of the animal's genes ... read more

Lethal Virus More Threatening to Public Health Than Ebola: Influenza

Oct. 27, 2014 — With Americans on edge about the potential spread of Ebola, it is easy to overlook another virus to which we have long been accustomed – influenza. According to estimates by the Centers for Disease ... read more

New Viral Mutation Made Middle-Aged Adults More Susceptible to Last Year's Flu

Oct. 21, 2014 — A possible explanation for why middle-aged adults were hit especially hard by the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2013-2014 influenza season has been uncovered by scientists. Their findings offer ... read more

Scientists 'Must Not Become Complacent' When Assessing Pandemic Threat from Flu Viruses

Oct. 15, 2014 — As our ability to assess the pandemic risk from strains of influenza virus increases with the latest scientific developments, we must not allow ourselves to become complacent that the most ... read more

In-Depth Analysis of Bat Influenza Viruses Concludes They Pose Low Risk to Humans

Oct. 2, 2014 — Zoonosis -- transmission of infections from other vertebrates to humans -- causes regular and sometimes serious disease outbreaks. Bats are a well-known vertebrate reservoir of viruses like rabies ... read more

Despite What You've Heard, Kids With Egg Allergies Should Get the Flu Shot, Experts Say

Sep. 24, 2014 — If you have a child with egg allergies, you may have been told they shouldn’t get the shot because of a possible reaction to the trace amounts of egg in the vaccine. Not true, say experts. Recent ... read more

Immune Response Turned Up, Not Down, by Flu During Pregnancy, Study Finds

Sep. 22, 2014 — Pregnant women have an unusually strong immune response to influenza, an unexpected finding that may explain why they get sicker from the flu than other healthy adults, new research has found. The ... read more

Flu Vaccine for Expectant Moms a Top Priority, Experts Say

Sep. 18, 2014 — All pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant should receive a flu shot because the normal changes to a pregnant woman's immune system, heart and lungs put moms-to-be at increased ... read more

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