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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.

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