Corticosteroids May Prevent Myocardial Infarction in Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Corticosteroids May Prevent Myocardial Infarction in Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Patients with community-acquired pneumonia who received corticosteroids had a lower incidence of myocardial infarction compared with those who did not.

Multivalent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Gets Breakthrough Tx Designation

Multivalent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Gets Breakthrough Tx Designation

The Breakthrough designation follows an FDA examination of results from a Phase 2 randomized, double-blind trial which evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of the treatment in adults aged 60 to 64 years.

Active Choice Intervention Tied to Increase in Flu Shot Rates

Active Choice Intervention Tied to Increase in Flu Shot Rates

Vaccination rates decreased throughout the day; with intervention, there was a similar increase throughout day.

Infant PPI Use and Lung Infection Risk: Is There a Link?

Infant PPI Use and Lung Infection Risk: Is There a Link?

The data showed matched odds ratio for current vs past use of PPIs to be 0.88 (95% CI, 0.36 to 2.16) when comparing cases and their controls for community-acquired pneumonia. With regard to lower respiratory tract infections, the matched odds ratio between cases and their controls was 1.13 (95% CI, 0.87 to 1.48).

Factors Predictive of Escalated Care in Infant Bronchiolitis

Factors Predictive of Escalated Care in Infant Bronchiolitis

Factors predictive of escalated care in infant bronchiolitis include oxygen saturation <90%, nasal flaring/grunting, apnea, retractions, and age 2 months or younger.

Positive Results for Zerbaxa in Phase 3 Study of Ventilated HABP, VABP Patients

Positive Results for Zerbaxa in Phase 3 Study of Ventilated HABP, VABP Patients

The full findings from the study will be presented at a future scientific conference; Merck plans to include the data in a supplemental New Drug Application for Zerbaxa which will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.

Influenza Caused Emirates Flight to Be Briefly Quarantined at JFK

Influenza Caused Emirates Flight to Be Briefly Quarantined at JFK

New York City health officials say passengers had influenza or other common cold viruses.

Coadjuvant Corticosteroids in Influenza Pneumonia Increases ICU Mortality

Coadjuvant Corticosteroids in Influenza Pneumonia Increases ICU Mortality

Corticosteroids should not be used concomitantly with antiviral therapy in patients with influenza pneumonia.

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

AAP Issues Updated Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe - excluding pandemics - on record.

Baloxavir Superior to Placebo for Alleviating Flu Symptoms

Baloxavir Superior to Placebo for Alleviating Flu Symptoms

Baloxavir had a median time to alleviation of symptoms vs placebo, and a similar alleviation time as oseltamivir.

Influenza an Independent Risk Factor for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Influenza an Independent Risk Factor for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Influenza proved to be an independent risk factor for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.

CURB-65 Tool in Community-Acquired Pneumonia Useful But Has Limitations

CURB-65 Tool in Community-Acquired Pneumonia Useful But Has Limitations

The clinical prediction tool that uses confusion, uremia, elevated respiratory rate, and hypotension in community-acquired pneumonia demonstrated an association with ICU admittance.

Therapeutic Algorithm May Guide Empiric Therapy in Pneumonia

Therapeutic Algorithm May Guide Empiric Therapy in Pneumonia

An algorithm based on risk factors for resistant pathogens and illness severity can simplify pneumonia treatment, improve the accuracy of empiric therapy, reduce mortality, and help avoid overusing broad spectrum therapy in some patients.

Long-Term PPI Use Linked to Pneumonia Risk in Older Adults

Long-Term PPI Use Linked to Pneumonia Risk in Older Adults

Rate of incident pneumonia increased in second year after initiating treatment with proton pump inhibitors.

Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis Deaths on the Decline

Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis Deaths on the Decline

Coal workers' pneumoconiosis deaths significantly decreased from 1999 to 2016 for residents ≥25 years.

Antibiotics Effective in Children With Chronic Wet Cough

Antibiotics Effective in Children With Chronic Wet Cough

Antibiotics were helpful in curing chronic wet cough in children.

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

In general, routine annual vaccination is recommended for all patients ≥6 months of age who have no contraindications.

Genome Sequencing Traces K pneumoniae Outbreak to Outpatient Clinic

Genome Sequencing Traces K pneumoniae Outbreak to Outpatient Clinic

An investigation into an outbreak of NDM-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae across 2 Belgian hospitals identified an outpatient clinic as the likely common site of transfer and highlights the importance of infection control measures in outpatient settings.

Treatment for Bronchiolitis Obliterans Gains Orphan Drug Status

Treatment for Bronchiolitis Obliterans Gains Orphan Drug Status

Bronchiolitis obliterans is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the pulmonary transplant population with ≥50% of patients who receive a lung transplant developing the condition within 5 years.

Omadacycline Gets FDA Committee Nod for Skin Infections, Pneumonia

Omadacycline Gets FDA Committee Nod for Skin Infections, Pneumonia

The Committee's recommendation was based on data from the omadacycline global development program that included nearly 2000 adults in three Phase 3 studies.

FDA Panel Votes on Therapy for Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease

FDA Panel Votes on Therapy for Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease

The recommendation was supported by materials developed from the ALIS New Drug Application (NDA), which included data from the CONVERT study.

Flu Vaccine Reduces Mortality in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Flu Vaccine Reduces Mortality in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hospitalization risk was also reduced for RA patients who received influenza vaccination.

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Highest Among Urgent Care Facilities

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Highest Among Urgent Care Facilities

Inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions were highest among urgent care facilities (45.7%), with emergency departments (24.6%), medical offices (17.0%), and retail clinics (14.4%) following.

H1N1 Immune Priming and Egg-Adaptation Affect Antibody Responses After Vaccination

H1N1 Immune Priming and Egg-Adaptation Affect Antibody Responses After Vaccination

Immune priming with seasonal H1N1 viruses earlier in life and egg-adaptation in vaccines can impact antibody responses following influenza vaccination.

Drop in Childhood Pneumococcal, Hib Deaths From 2000 to 2015

Drop in Childhood Pneumococcal, Hib Deaths From 2000 to 2015

Most children who died of pneumococcus and Haemophilus influenzae type b presented with pneumonia.

Viral Testing May Reduce Antibiotic Use in Severe Lower Respiratory Infection

Viral Testing May Reduce Antibiotic Use in Severe Lower Respiratory Infection

Advanced diagnostic platforms to identify viruses can help patients with severe lower respiratory tract infections avoid unnecessary diagnostic testing, reduce antibiotic use, and initiate antiviral therapy.

Is Short-Course Antibiotic Treatment for CAP Effective?

Is Short-Course Antibiotic Treatment for CAP Effective?

To investigate what impact antibiotic treatment duration has on CAP outcomes, researchers from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University conducted a search of various databases for studies comparing the safety and efficacy of treatment regimens lasting ≤6 days (short) and ≥7 days (long).

Type 2 Diabetes Does Not Affect Pneumonia Incidence, Outcomes After Stroke

Type 2 Diabetes Does Not Affect Pneumonia Incidence, Outcomes After Stroke

Investigators examined the incidence and outcomes of pneumonia in patients with acute ischemic stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

The New Drug Application for baloxavir marboxil is supported by results from the Phase 3 CAPSTONE-1 study (N=1436) which examined the effects of a single dose of baloxavir marboxil vs placebo or oseltamivir 75mg twice daily for 5 days.

Community-Acquired Pneumonia In-Hospital Deaths Are Not Indicative of Lapse in Care

Community-Acquired Pneumonia In-Hospital Deaths Are Not Indicative of Lapse in Care

Most deaths related to community-acquired pneumonia that occurred at tertiary-case hospitals were not preventable.

Respiratory Viruses Linked to Treatment Failure in Asthma Exacerbations

Respiratory Viruses Linked to Treatment Failure in Asthma Exacerbations

Respiratory pathogens were associated with an increased risk for treatment failure in children with asthma exacerbations.

Misuse of Antibiotics Common in Outpatient Acute Respiratory Infections

Misuse of Antibiotics Common in Outpatient Acute Respiratory Infections

The researchers argued that outpatient antibiotic stewardship efforts must be strengthened to eliminate antibiotic treatment for viral upper respiratory infections and acute bronchitis.

PCV13 Reduces Hospitalization for Vaccine-Type Community-Acquired Pneumonia

PCV13 Reduces Hospitalization for Vaccine-Type Community-Acquired Pneumonia

The real-world effectiveness of PCV13 vaccine in preventing hospitalization for vaccine-type community-acquired pneumonia was assessed.

C-Reactive Protein as a Biomarker for CAP in Bronchiectasis

C-Reactive Protein as a Biomarker for CAP in Bronchiectasis

Although clinical presentation was similar in both community-acquired pneumonia and non-pneumonia exacerbations, CRP, glucose, and leukocytes were higher in the former vs the latter.

Early Clinical Response With Omadacycline vs Moxifloxacin in CABP

Early Clinical Response With Omadacycline vs Moxifloxacin in CABP

Early clinical response rates were similar across PORT risk class subgroups in patients with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia when treated with omadacycline or moxifloxacin.

Prevnar 13 Linked to Reduced Risk of CAP Hospitalization in Older Patients

Prevnar 13 Linked to Reduced Risk of CAP Hospitalization in Older Patients

PCV13, marketed as Prevnar 13, was evaluated in a test-negative case-control study in real-world conditions where patients were administered pneumococcal vaccination as advised by their healthcare providers.

AAP Recommends Shot Over Nasal Spray for 2018-2019 Flu Season

AAP Recommends Shot Over Nasal Spray for 2018-2019 Flu Season

The advisory comes early as physicians are currently placing vaccine orders.

Positive Results Announced for Pleuromutilin Antibiotic in CABP

Positive Results Announced for Pleuromutilin Antibiotic in CABP

In the LEAP 2 study (N=738), patients with moderate CABP received either oral lefamulin 600mg every 12 hours for 5 days or oral moxifloxacin 400mg once daily for 7 days.

Prior Atypical Antipsychotic Use May Increase Mortality Risk in Pneumonia

Prior Atypical Antipsychotic Use May Increase Mortality Risk in Pneumonia

Clinicians should consider these findings when using atypical antipsychotics in patients at risk for pneumonia.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Prevalence in an Insured US Population

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Prevalence in an Insured US Population

Researchers have developed a novel algorithm to identify hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Pediatric Pneumonia: Sensitivity of Lung Ultrasound vs Chest Radiography

Pediatric Pneumonia: Sensitivity of Lung Ultrasound vs Chest Radiography

Lung ultrasound was more effective in diagnosing pediatric community-acquired pneumonia than chest radiography.

Legionella Pneumonia Outcomes Similar in Adults With/Without HIV

Legionella Pneumonia Outcomes Similar in Adults With/Without HIV

Clinical presentation and outcomes in HIV-infected patients with Legionella pneumonia did not differ from patients without HIV infection.

Low-Dose CT May Modify Pneumonia Diagnosis in Elderly Patients

Low-Dose CT May Modify Pneumonia Diagnosis in Elderly Patients

Low-dose computed tomography may assist clinicians in modifying diagnosis of elderly patients who are admitted with suspected pneumonia.

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy

A high impact was seen, especially when the vaccine uptake was optimally distributed across age groups.

Pneumonia Risk in Severe COPD Linked to Elevated Eosinophil Count

Pneumonia Risk in Severe COPD Linked to Elevated Eosinophil Count

A higher proportion of patients with COPD and a blood eosinophil count of ≥0.34×109/L had elevated markers of low-grade systemic inflammation regardless of forced expiratory volume in 1 second.

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

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

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.

Mortality in Mechanically Ventilated Community-Acquired Pneumonia With or Without ARDS

Mortality in Mechanically Ventilated Community-Acquired Pneumonia With or Without ARDS

The risk for death in patients with community-acquired pneumonia who were given mechanical ventilation does not seem to be affected by the presence of acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Pneumonia and Influenza May Trigger Acute MI, Stroke

Pneumonia and Influenza May Trigger Acute MI, Stroke

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

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prevention and Asthma in Preterm Infants

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prevention and Asthma in Preterm Infants

Researchers assessed the relationship between prevention of RSV in preterm infants and the frequency of subsequent wheeze in childhood.

Prevention of Vaccine Failure in Haemophilus influenzae Type B Vaccines

Prevention of Vaccine Failure in Haemophilus influenzae Type B Vaccines

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.

Inflammatory Markers in CAP Influenced by Time From Symptom Onset to Presentation

Inflammatory Markers in CAP Influenced by Time From Symptom Onset to Presentation

Differences in serum inflammatory markers may exist between patients with community-acquired pneumonia who present within the first 48 hours of symptom onset vs those who present later.

No Benefit From Prophylactic Antimicrobials in Aspiration Pneumonitis

No Benefit From Prophylactic Antimicrobials in Aspiration Pneumonitis

Use of prophylactic antimicrobial therapy was not associated with a reduction in mortality or transfer to critical care compared with patients managed with supportive care only.

Newer Rapid Influenza Tests Better at Ruling In Influenza

Newer Rapid Influenza Tests Better at Ruling In Influenza

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

Comparing Diagnostic Imaging for Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Comparing Diagnostic Imaging for Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Adults with community-acquired pneumonia that is visualized on CT scan but not on concurrent chest radiograph have similar pathogens, disease severity, and outcomes as patients who had pneumonia confirmed via chest radiograph.

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.

Pneumonia-Induced Acute Lung Failure: Angiopoietin-2 Levels May Predict Severity

Pneumonia-Induced Acute Lung Failure: Angiopoietin-2 Levels May Predict Severity

Interventional reduction of the angiopoietin-1/angiopoietin-2 ratio may provide therapeutic perspective for prevention of acute lung injury in pneumonia.

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.

Chronic Oral Glucocorticoid Use in Pediatric Asthma May Increase Morbidities

Chronic Oral Glucocorticoid Use in Pediatric Asthma May Increase Morbidities

Children with asthma who experience chronic oral glucocorticoid exposure may have significant morbidities, including adrenal suppression, recurrent pneumonia, and behavioral problems.

Flumist Quadrivalent Vaccine Recommendation Renewed by ACIP

Flumist Quadrivalent Vaccine Recommendation Renewed by ACIP

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

Predictive Model Identifies Risk Factors for Bacteremia in Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Predictive Model Identifies Risk Factors for Bacteremia in Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Researchers retrospectively analyzed data from patients hospitalized with pneumococcal community-acquired pneumonia to determine risk factors for pneumococcal bacteremia.

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.

An Inflammatory Response: Cardiovascular Complications of Pneumonia

An Inflammatory Response: Cardiovascular Complications of Pneumonia

As a result of activating the inflammatory-immune system, pneumonia may trigger cardiovascular complications.

Opioid use associated with increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease

Researchers found the strongest link between prescription opioid use and the risk for invasive pneumococcal disease was present in individuals using long-acting, high-dose, or highly potent formulations.

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

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

Pneumococcal Disease Risk Linked to Opioid Use

Pneumococcal Disease Risk Linked to Opioid Use

Long-acting, high-potency, and high-dose opioids were associated with an increased risk for invasive pneumococcal disease.

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.

Invasive Mechanical Ventilation in Severe CAP Increased Mortality Risk

Invasive Mechanical Ventilation in Severe CAP Increased Mortality Risk

Invasive mechanical ventilation in patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia appeared to increase their mortality risk.

Characteristics of Bacterial Isolates Before and After PCV13 Introduction

Characteristics of Bacterial Isolates Before and After PCV13 Introduction

Nasopharyngeal samples collected from young children with acute otitis media were analyzed for S pneumoniae, H influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis and compared before and after PCV13 introduction.

Characteristics Associated With Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing

Characteristics Associated With Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing

Patient, practice, and provider characteristics are associated with inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing in the outpatient setting.

FDA Approves Avycaz Supplemental NDA for Pneumonia

FDA Approves Avycaz Supplemental NDA for Pneumonia

The FDA approved the supplemental New Drug Application for Avycaz to treat adults with hospital-acquired or ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia.

Reducing Postoperative Respiratory Complications Through Physiotherapy

Reducing Postoperative Respiratory Complications Through Physiotherapy

The preoperative physiotherapy intervention cut the incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications by 50%.

Procalcitonin-Guided Pneumonia Treatment Associated With Improved Outcomes

Procalcitonin-Guided Pneumonia Treatment Associated With Improved Outcomes

Procalcitonin may decrease mortality rates in patients with acute respiratory infections, including pneumonia.

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

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.

Pneumonia in Childhood Linked to Higher Short-Term Incidence of Some Cancers

Pneumonia in Childhood Linked to Higher Short-Term Incidence of Some Cancers

Short-term incidence of leukemia, lymphoma, and brain cancer may be higher in children who were hospitalized with pneumonia.

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.

Human Rhinovirus Incidence in Infants With Fever

Human Rhinovirus Incidence in Infants With Fever

For febrile infants, human rhinovirus is common, and detection does not alter risk of concomitant urinary tract infection or invasive bacterial infection.

Effect of Corticosteroids on Pneumonia-Related Mortality

Effect of Corticosteroids on Pneumonia-Related Mortality

Mortality from severe pneumonia may be significantly reduced with corticosteroids.

Diagnosing Bacterial Respiratory Tract Infections via Novel Mobile Spectrometer

Diagnosing Bacterial Respiratory Tract Infections via Novel Mobile Spectrometer

A gas-capillary column ion mobility spectrometer may be a feasible and noninvasive tool for clinicians to diagnose respiratory tract infections in hospitalized patients.

Incidence of Non-Ventilator Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

Incidence of Non-Ventilator Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia is a significant burden in US acute care hospitals and poses a risk to nonelderly, non-intensive unit patients.

Overcoming Challenges to Create a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Overcoming Challenges to Create a Universal Influenza Vaccine

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

Intravenous Antibiotic Recalled Due to Mold

Intravenous Antibiotic Recalled Due to Mold

AuroMedics Pharma announced a voluntary recall of 1 lot of Linezolid injection after a batch found contained mold.

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.

Predictors of Pneumonia in Adults With Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

Predictors of Pneumonia in Adults With Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

Researchers identified 4 specific symptoms that could be the basis for a pneumonia diagnosis.

A 44-Year-Old Man With Persistent Upper Respiratory Infection

A 44-Year-Old Man With Persistent Upper Respiratory Infection

A middle-aged man with no significant medical history presents to his local urgent care with flu-like symptoms but sees no improvement after starting antibiotics.

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.

The Potential Pitfalls of Machine Learning Algorithms in Medicine

The Potential Pitfalls of Machine Learning Algorithms in Medicine

The ability of machine learning programs to diagnose medical conditions and predict outcomes is discussed in an opinion article.

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.

Pneumonia in Pediatric Patients: Assessing Reliability of Signs and Symptoms

Pneumonia in Pediatric Patients: Assessing Reliability of Signs and Symptoms

No single finding appears to reliably predict a pneumonia diagnosis in pediatric patients younger than 5 years of age.

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