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Influenza News
February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

Who Needs a Flu Shot? Not Me

Feb. 8, 2017 — What impact do public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a communication researcher, probably not. And it's not because we think ... read more

Sharing of Data to Combat Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Jan. 12, 2017 — To protect people against potentially deadly infectious disease outbreaks, it is critical that scientists and governments rapidly share information about the pathogens that cause them. A new shows ... read more

Strep Spreads by Harnessing Immune Defenses of Those Infected

Jan. 11, 2017 — The bacteria that cause most cases of pneumonia worldwide secrete a toxin that helps them jump from one body to the next -- with help from the hosts' immune ... read more

Sudden Drop in Outdoor Temperature Increases the Risk of Respiratory Infections

Jan. 11, 2017 — You can pretty much put a mark in your calendar for when the annual flu epidemic begins. Using 20,000 virus samples and weather statistics, researchers have now discovered more details about how ... read more

New Surgical Mask Doesn't Just Trap Viruses, It Renders Them Harmless

Jan. 5, 2017 — The surgical masks people wear to stop the spread of diseases don't work well -- that isn't what they're designed for. Pathogens like influenza are transmitted in aerosol droplets when ... read more

Dec. 22, 2016 — A new study is the first to show exactly how the drug Arbidol stops influenza infections. The research reveals that Arbidol stops the virus from entering host cells by binding within a recessed ... read more

Key Benefits of Large-Scale Use of Universal Over Conventional Flu Vaccines

Dec. 15, 2016 — Universal vaccines that protect against multiple strains of influenza virus at once could offer key population-level benefits over conventional seasonal vaccines, according to a new ... read more

Public Skepticism Would Likely Greet a New Zika Vaccine, Study Says

Dec. 13, 2016 — As scientists race to create a vaccine for the Zika virus, new research suggests almost half of Americans wouldn’t be interested in getting the shot even if public health officials recommended it ... read more

Dec. 5, 2016 — Americans are split on getting an annual flu shot, with four out of 10 having done so in the past year and around half saying they had already received or were planning to get the vaccine this year, ... read more

Dec. 5, 2016 — A team of researchers has developed technology that could improve the production of vaccines that protect people from influenza ... read more

Modifying a Live Virus in a Vaccine to Be Just Strong Enough

Dec. 1, 2016 — By genetically tweaking the constituent live virus, scientists have created a vaccine against influenza in which the virus is capable of activating the immune system but cannot replicate in healthy ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — A computer model has been developed to predict the onset, duration, and magnitude of influenza outbreaks for New York City boroughs and neighborhoods. They found the model effective in a test using ... read more

Trends in Infectious Disease Mortality in US

Nov. 22, 2016 — Trends in infectious disease mortality in the United States from 1980 through 2014 have been released by ... read more

A(H5N8) Risk to Humans Is Very Low

Nov. 21, 2016 — Eight European countries have reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N8) viruses in wild birds, zoo birds and poultry holdings. This is the second time this virus has been introduced ... read more

Flu Vaccine's Effectiveness Can Be Improved, New Findings Suggest

Nov. 15, 2016 — New research findings shows that the influenza vaccine produces antibodies that protect against disease, suggesting that the conventional flu vaccine can be ... read more

First-Time Reconstruction of Infectious Bat Influenza Viruses

Oct. 26, 2016 — All known Influenza A viruses originate from aquatic birds that serve as virus reservoirs in nature. Avian viruses can cause severe disease and may lead to devastating pandemics when introduced into ... read more

Gene Deletion Points Way to Flu Treatment

Oct. 19, 2016 — Researchers kept mice from getting the flu by removing a gene that regulates their immune system. According to the study, mice missing the gene Trim29 eliminated human influenza virus within 48 ... read more

Better Insights Into Drivers of Avian Flu Outbreak

Oct. 13, 2016 — The 2014-15 outbreak of avian flu was likely driven by long-distant migrant birds, a new study reveals. The finding could help inform future efforts to thwart outbreaks. Beginning in 2014, a highly ... read more

Researchers Closer Than Ever to a Universal Flu Vaccine

Oct. 3, 2016 — Seasonal flu vaccines work by generating antibodies that bind to the virus and prevent it from infecting cells. Universal flu vaccines do this as well, but go one step further by recruiting white ... read more

Parents Cite Lack of Need as Reason for Not Getting Kids Flu Shots

Sep. 29, 2016 — Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against ... read more

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