Influenza

ACOG: Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

ACOG: Updated Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

This updated Committee Opinion includes more recent data on the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccination during pregnancy, as well as recommendations for treatment and postexposure chemoprophylaxis.

Adult Caregivers Likely to Receive Influenza Vaccination From Pediatric Clinics

Adult Caregivers Likely to Receive Influenza Vaccination From Pediatric Clinics

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Adult caretaker influenza vaccination cocooning programs can prove beneficial and financially successful in private practice models where external funding is limited or not available.

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

During the cold and flu season, the use and over-dosing of paracetamol is common, and may partially be driven by higher use of over-the-counter combination medications for the treatment of upper respiratory cold/flu symptoms.

Increased Risk for Acute Respiratory Illness Following Influenza Vaccine in Children

Increased Risk for Acute Respiratory Illness Following Influenza Vaccine in Children

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Among children there was an increased risk for acute respiratory illness caused by noninfluenza respiratory pathogens following influenza vaccination compared to unvaccinated children during the same period.

Pneumonia and Influenza May Trigger Acute MI, Stroke

Pneumonia and Influenza May Trigger Acute MI, Stroke

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Researchers found increased myocardial infarction rates during the week after Streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza infections.

Prevention of Vaccine Failure in <i>Haemophilus influenzae</i> Type B Vaccines

Prevention of Vaccine Failure in Haemophilus influenzae Type B Vaccines

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Higher serum bactericidal activity following immunization with PRP-CRM197 reflected superior short-term and long-term seroprotective effects compared with immunization with PRP-T.

Recombinant Influenza Vaccine Found to Be Safe in Children

Recombinant Influenza Vaccine Found to Be Safe in Children

Immunogenicity of RIV4 similar to that of inactivated vaccine, although responses to B Victoria were low with both.

Newer Rapid Influenza Tests Better at Ruling In Influenza

Newer Rapid Influenza Tests Better at Ruling In Influenza

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Further research on rapid tests is warranted, as industry-sponsored research tends to favor the industry's product and affects how physicians practice medicine.

Influenza, Other Respiratory Disease Transmission During Flights

Influenza, Other Respiratory Disease Transmission During Flights

Despite 8 of the 10 flights taking place during influenza season, results of quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays for 18 common respiratory viruses were all negative.

Suicide Risk Not Increased With Oseltamivir in Pediatric Patients

Suicide Risk Not Increased With Oseltamivir in Pediatric Patients

There was no significant correlation with suicide for oseltamavir exposure or for influenza diagnosis alone.

Acetaminophen Use, Overdose May Increase During Flu Season

Acetaminophen Use, Overdose May Increase During Flu Season

Acetaminophen use and overdosing increases during cold and flu season.

Flumist Quadrivalent Vaccine Recommendation Renewed by ACIP

Flumist Quadrivalent Vaccine Recommendation Renewed by ACIP

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The CDC's ACIP has voted in favor of renewing the recommendation for the use of live attenuated influenza vaccine.

ARDS Risk After Cardiac Surgery During Flu Season

ARDS Risk After Cardiac Surgery During Flu Season

Cardiac surgery during influenza season is an independent risk factor for acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Effect of Maternal Influenza Vaccination on Infant Mortality

Effect of Maternal Influenza Vaccination on Infant Mortality

Investigators sought to determine the association between maternal vaccination and infant mortality.

Influenza Activity Updates From the CDC

Influenza Activity Updates From the CDC

Influenza A viruses have predominated the 2017 to 2018 season with a vaccine effectiveness between 25% and 67%.

Influenza Can Be Inactivated Using Far-Ultraviolet C Light

Influenza Can Be Inactivated Using Far-Ultraviolet C Light

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Airborne influenza viruses may be safely and effectively eradicated with continuous low doses of far ultraviolet C light.

2018 Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Released

2018 Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Released

The recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule for the United States has been issued for 2018.

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

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Patients who received provider-ordered influenza testing were more likely to be younger and present with fever and "influenza-like illness."

Influenza May Increase Risk for Acute Myocardial Infarction

Influenza May Increase Risk for Acute Myocardial Infarction

Influenza increased the risk for acute myocardial infarction within 1 year before and 1 year after the infection.

Influenza Vaccination Rates May Increase With Reminder, Recall Systems

Influenza Vaccination Rates May Increase With Reminder, Recall Systems

Patient reminder and recall systems seem to be effective for improving receipt of immunizations.

Overcoming Challenges to Create a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Overcoming Challenges to Create a Universal Influenza Vaccine

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Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are working to develop a universal influenza vaccine.

Repeated Vaccinations May Prevent Severe Influenza Infection

Repeated Vaccinations May Prevent Severe Influenza Infection

Vaccination for influenza for multiple seasons is twice as effective in preventing severe influenza.

New Influenza Vaccine Guidelines Released for Patients With Egg Allergy

New Influenza Vaccine Guidelines Released for Patients With Egg Allergy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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