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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

First Recombinant Influenza Vaccine Comes to Mexico

Jan. 28, 2016 — In October 2015, the Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) gave Mexico the registry of the first recombinant vaccine against seasonal influenza in the world and designed to ... read more

Targeted School Closure Policies May Help the Fight Against Pandemic Influenza

Jan. 21, 2016 — Targeted school closure policies may help mitigating the spread of pandemic influenza, while entailing lower social costs than more traditional policies, such as nationwide school ... read more

Minor Flu Strains Pack Bigger Punch, Scientists Find

Jan. 4, 2016 — Minor variants of flu strains, which are not typically targeted in vaccines, carry a bigger viral punch than previously realized, a team of scientists has found. Its research, which examined samples ... read more

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

Flu Vaccine Unlikely to Trigger Reaction in Children With Egg Allergy and Asthma

Dec. 8, 2015 — The children's flu vaccine is unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction in those with egg allergy, finds a study. The vaccine is also appropriate for young people with well-controlled asthma or ... read more

A New Approach to Predict Evolution of Influenza Viruses Can Enhance Vaccine Efficacy

Dec. 7, 2015 — New results suggest that genomic information from circulating influenza viruses can help in producing more efficient seasonal vaccines. The researchers were able to develop a simple approach for ... 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

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