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New Influenza Vaccine Guidelines Released for Patients With Egg Allergy

New Influenza Vaccine Guidelines Released for Patients With Egg Allergy

Patients with an egg allergy do not need to avoid or take special precautions when receiving the influenza vaccine.

Adult Vaccinations: Improving Public Perception and Awareness

Adult Vaccinations: Improving Public Perception and Awareness

Educational campaigns regarding the value of vaccines should integrate social psychological considerations with health communication principles.

Influenza Testing Accuracy With Different Intranasal Specimen Collection Methods

Influenza Testing Accuracy With Different Intranasal Specimen Collection Methods

Midturbinate swabs for influenza detection provided a more comfortable experience for patients compared with traditional nasopharyngeal swabs.

H3N2 Influenza Activity Increasing in the United States

H3N2 Influenza Activity Increasing in the United States

Since the start of November 2017, influenza activity has increased in the United States.

Cause for Reduced Effectiveness of 2016-2017 Influenza Vaccine Discovered

Cause for Reduced Effectiveness of 2016-2017 Influenza Vaccine Discovered

A glycoprotein mutation in fertilized chicken eggs may be the cause of the limited effectiveness of the 2016-2017 flu vaccine.

Influenza Vaccination Refusal Leads to Employee Termination

Influenza Vaccination Refusal Leads to Employee Termination

About 50 employees have been fired from Essentia Health, a Duluth, Minnesota-based hospital chain, for refusing to receive the flu vaccination.

Healthcare Providers With Influenza-Like Symptoms Work While Sick

Healthcare Providers With Influenza-Like Symptoms Work While Sick

Interventions to target healthcare professional-associated influenza transmission, intervention may be necessary to prevent transmission.

Antipyretic Effect on Immune Response to Flu Vaccination in Young Children

Antipyretic Effect on Immune Response to Flu Vaccination in Young Children

Antipyretic administration for fever in young children is not associated with any significant blunting of immune response to inactivated influenza vaccination.

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates Via Text Messaging

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates Via Text Messaging

Text messaging may be an effective way to increase the rate of influenza vaccination.

Influenza Vaccination in Pediatric Emergency Departments

Influenza Vaccination in Pediatric Emergency Departments

Influenza vaccination in the pediatric emergency department setting appears to be a cost-effective strategy.

Temporary MTX Discontinuation Improves Flu Vaccine Immunogenicity in RA

Temporary MTX Discontinuation Improves Flu Vaccine Immunogenicity in RA

Temporary discontinuation of methotrexate after influenza vaccination is associated with improved immunogenicity of vaccination in RA.

Pandemic Possible With H7N9 Avian Influenza Variant

Pandemic Possible With H7N9 Avian Influenza Variant

A highly pathogenic variant of H7N9 avian influenza has evolved and is now capable of causing a pandemic, according to recent research.

Peramivir Injection Now Available for Acute Uncomplicated Influenza in Children

Peramivir Injection Now Available for Acute Uncomplicated Influenza in Children

Rapivab is now indicated for use in pediatric patients ≥2 years with acute uncomplicated influenza.

Season-to-Season Examination of Flu Shot Rates: No Change Among Pediatric Patients

Season-to-Season Examination of Flu Shot Rates: No Change Among Pediatric Patients

Despite the loss of the live attenuated influenza vaccine, overall immunization rates in children 2-17 remained steady.

High Percentage of Healthcare Personnel Receive Influenza Vaccination

High Percentage of Healthcare Personnel Receive Influenza Vaccination

The majority of healthcare workers receive an influenza vaccination, but more pregnant women should be vaccinated.

CDC Continues to Recommend Influenza Vaccination in Pregnancy

CDC Continues to Recommend Influenza Vaccination in Pregnancy

The CDC continues to urge pregnant women to receive influenza vaccinations.

No Increased Risk for VTE After Flu Vaccine in People Older Than 50

No Increased Risk for VTE After Flu Vaccine in People Older Than 50

Influenza vaccination does not increase the risk for venous thromboembolism in patients older than 50 years of age.

Efficacy of Influenza Vaccine After Repeated Vaccination

Efficacy of Influenza Vaccine After Repeated Vaccination

Influenza vaccine in the prior season did not decrease the efficacy of the current season's vaccine.

AAP Update: 2017-2018 Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Recommendations

AAP Update: 2017-2018 Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against the use of the quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4).

Inaccuracy of Traditional vs Digital Influenza Tests

Inaccuracy of Traditional vs Digital Influenza Tests

Researchers examined the efficacy of digital immunoassays vs rapid influenza diagnostic tests for diagnosing influenza.

Nasal Spray Availability Impacts Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Rates

Nasal Spray Availability Impacts Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Rates

Fewer children were immunized against influenza once the CDC ruled out use of the nasal spray.

Acute Lower Respiratory Infection Risk In Infants Impacted by Maternal Vaccination

Acute Lower Respiratory Infection Risk In Infants Impacted by Maternal Vaccination

Hospitalization risk was increased in infants of vaccinated vs nonvaccinated mothers only during the first 90 days of life.

Influenza A Virus in Swine Transmitted to Humans at State Fairs

Influenza A Virus in Swine Transmitted to Humans at State Fairs

The influenza A virus in swine was transmitted to humans at state fairs in Ohio and Michigan.

Influenza Vaccine 2017-2018: Updates From the CDC

Influenza Vaccine 2017-2018: Updates From the CDC

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued the 2017-2018 influenza vaccination guidelines.

Influenza Outcomes Associated with IFITM3 Genetic Marker

Influenza Outcomes Associated with IFITM3 Genetic Marker

The rs34481144 risk allele may serve as a genetic marker for identifying individuals at increased risk for severe influenza infection.

Efficacy of 2015-2016 Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine in Children

Efficacy of 2015-2016 Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine in Children

Data from the 2015-2016 season shows that the live attenuated influenza vaccine was ineffective among children ages 2-17.

Does High-Dose Flu Vaccine Reduce Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents?

Does High-Dose Flu Vaccine Reduce Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents?

Influenza and pulmonary-related hospitalizations were lower in elderly patients who received the high-dose trivalent influenza vaccine vs the standard dose.

High-Dose Vitamin D Does Not Prevent URTI in Young Healthy Children

High-Dose Vitamin D Does Not Prevent URTI in Young Healthy Children

Increasing Vitamin D supplements does not prevent winter upper respiratory tract infections in young healthy children.

Influenza Vaccine May Benefit Elderly Patients With Asthma

Influenza Vaccine May Benefit Elderly Patients With Asthma

Influenza vaccination provided a small protective effect in patients with asthma.

Seqirus Ships 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccinations

Seqirus Ships 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccinations

Vaccinations include Fluad, Flucelvax Quadrivalent, Afluria Quadrivalent, and Fluvirin,

Public Health and Influenza: Why the Flu Vaccine is So Important

Public Health and Influenza: Why the Flu Vaccine is So Important

During the 2015-2016 flu season, approximately 59.3% of children and 41.7% of adults received the influenza vaccine.

2016-2017 Influenza-Associated Pediatric Deaths Surpass 100

2016-2017 Influenza-Associated Pediatric Deaths Surpass 100

The 2016-2017 flu season is the first time since 2014-2015 that pediatric influenza-associated deaths have surpassed 100.

Influenza Risk Increased in Obesity Regardless of Vaccination Status

Influenza Risk Increased in Obesity Regardless of Vaccination Status

Researchers assessed the relative risk for developing influenza or influenza-like illness based on study participants BMI.

Case Study: A Patient Presents With Recurring Influenza Symptoms

Right-sided abdominal pain, vomitting, fever, and mild diarrhea were all present in a 66-year-old woman with a history of sarcoidosis and hypertension.

Examination of Dose-Sparing Safe With Influenza Vaccine

Examination of Dose-Sparing Safe With Influenza Vaccine

Immunogenicity of 4 different vaccine strains, including H1N1, H3N2, and B influenza, were examined.

Clinician Initiation Communication Affects Parental Decision-Making With Influenza Vaccine

Clinician Initiation Communication Affects Parental Decision-Making With Influenza Vaccine

Videotapes of 50 visits were examined to determine whether clinician pursuit of influenza vaccine affected vaccination rates in pediatric patients.

Seqirus Influenza Vaccine Safe, Effective in Children

Seqirus Influenza Vaccine Safe, Effective in Children

Over 2278 health subjects were included in a multicenter study of the Seqirus IIV4 quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine.

Can Rapid Viral Testing Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Use?

Can Rapid Viral Testing Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Use?

Molecular point-of-care testing for viruses led to more patients receiving single or brief doses of antibiotics without any evidence of increased harm.

Risk of Worsening Asthma From LAIV Unfounded

Risk of Worsening Asthma From LAIV Unfounded

A new study found no risks for exacerbation of asthma in children given LAIV, despite ACIP recommendations against its use in children with asthma.

H1N1 Influenza Vaccine More Effective in Children

H1N1 Influenza Vaccine More Effective in Children

The inactivated monovalent influenza A(H1N1) vacccines in both adjuvanted and unadjuvanted forms were more effective in children than adults.

Safety Outcomes of Influenza Vaccine in Pregnancy

Safety Outcomes of Influenza Vaccine in Pregnancy

Birth weight and week's gestation of infants at birth are not affected by maternal influenza vaccination during any trimester of pregnancy.

Safety and Efficacy: IV Zanamivir vs Oral Oseltamivir in Severe Influenza

Safety and Efficacy: IV Zanamivir vs Oral Oseltamivir in Severe Influenza

Intravenous zanamivir is as safe and effective as oral oseltamivir when used in patients with severe influenza.

Study Finds Quadrivalent Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Safe

Study Finds Quadrivalent Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Safe

No safety signals were observed with the administration of quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine, according to a large population study.

Double-dose IIV4 Safe and Effective in Young Children

Double-dose IIV4 Safe and Effective in Young Children

Researchers evaluated whether administering double-dose IIV4 to children younger than 3 years of age improved protection against influenza B without increasing adverse events in a phase 3 trial.

LAIV May Be Safe in Children with Underlying Medical Conditions

LAIV May Be Safe in Children with Underlying Medical Conditions

The live attenuated influenza vaccine, LAIV, is safe in children under 2 with underlying medical conditions.

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