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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.

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Women With H1N1 Influenza in ICU Have Higher Risk for Adverse Birth Outcomes

Women With H1N1 Influenza in ICU Have Higher Risk for Adverse Birth Outcomes

Pregnant women admitted to ICU with 2009 H1N1 influenza were more likely to deliver preterm and low birth-weight infants.

Point-of-Care Testing Methods Compared for Influenza Detection

Point-of-Care Testing Methods Compared for Influenza Detection

Study authors aimed to assess the clinical impact of a POC PCR test (the Cobas LIAT Influenza A/B assay) for the diagnosis of influenza.

CDC: Influenza Cases Hit 7 Million in the United States

CDC: Influenza Cases Hit 7 Million in the United States

Half of these individuals went to a doctor, while 69,000 to 84,000 people have been hospitalized.

Flu Vaccination During Hospitalization Is Safe and Convenient, Says Study

Flu Vaccination During Hospitalization Is Safe and Convenient, Says Study

To investigate the safety of influenza vaccination during hospitalization, researchers from Kaiser Permanente assessed the health records of >250,000 patients, 6 months of age and older, who were hospitalized during any of the 3 flu seasons from 2011 to 2014 and were admitted and discharged between September 1 and March 31.

Influenza Vaccine Cuts Flu-Related Hospitalization in COPD

Influenza Vaccine Cuts Flu-Related Hospitalization in COPD

Influenza-positive patients have higher rates of crude mortality and critical illness vs influenza-negative patients.

Live Flu Vaccine Less Effective Than Inactivated Vaccine in Children

Live Flu Vaccine Less Effective Than Inactivated Vaccine in Children

Quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine less effective than inactivated vaccine for influenza A/H1N1pdm09.

Influenza Linked to Increased In-Hospital Mortality in Heart Failure

Influenza Linked to Increased In-Hospital Mortality in Heart Failure

In patients with heart failure, influenza infection is associated with increased in-hospital morbidity and mortality.

Severe Rhabdomyolysis in a Patient With Acute Influenza Infection

Severe Rhabdomyolysis in a Patient With Acute Influenza Infection

The patient, who had a history significant for cerebral palsy, seizures, and chronic constipation, had presented complaining of 3 days of fever, nausea, vomiting, and anorexia.

Influenza Seroconversion Risk Factors in Adults Hospitalized for Pneumonia

Influenza Seroconversion Risk Factors in Adults Hospitalized for Pneumonia

Adults hospitalized for pneumonia who received an influenza vaccination during their stay were less likely to seroconvert if they had diabetes, bacterial detection, baseline seropositive titers for influenza B, or influenza vaccination in the previous season.

Increased Risk of Hospitalization for Influenza When Morbidly Obese or Underweight

Increased Risk of Hospitalization for Influenza When Morbidly Obese or Underweight

Adults with influenza were more likely to be hospitalized if they were underweight or morbidly obese compared with normal-weight adults.

Influenza Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines Updated

Influenza Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines Updated

Rapid molecular assays should be used to improve influenza diagnosis and antivirals should begin as soon as possible.

Racial Disparities Seen in Teenagers Undergoing Flu Vaccination

Racial Disparities Seen in Teenagers Undergoing Flu Vaccination

Black adolescents have lower odds of receiving influenza vaccination than white adolescents.

Antibody Response to Flu Vaccine Evaluated in Benralizumab-Treated Asthma

Antibody Response to Flu Vaccine Evaluated in Benralizumab-Treated Asthma

The trial analyzed the antibody response of 103 asthmatic patients to the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Mortality With Influenza vs RSV Infection in Older, Hospitalized Adults

Mortality With Influenza vs RSV Infection in Older, Hospitalized Adults

In older, hospitalized adults, respiratory syncytial virus may be associated with greater morbidity and mortality compared with influenza.

Culture Negative Pneumonia Rates Linked to Higher PM2.5 Concentrations

Culture Negative Pneumonia Rates Linked to Higher PM2.5 Concentrations

Increases in the relative rates of culture negative pneumonia that required hospitalization or emergency department visits were significantly associated with increased concentrations of fine particulate air pollution.

Annual Influenza Shots May Lower Risk of CV Death in Heart Failure

Annual Influenza Shots May Lower Risk of CV Death in Heart Failure

A study published in Circulation has found a reduced risk of cardiovascular (CV) death in heart failure patients when they are given routine influenza vaccinations.

Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Not Modified by Statin Use

Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Not Modified by Statin Use

Statin use did not modify the effect of vaccination on influenza in adults ≥45 years.

Novel Antiviral Pimodivir Evaluated in Acute Uncomplicated Influenza A

Novel Antiviral Pimodivir Evaluated in Acute Uncomplicated Influenza A

Pimodivir was found to be beneficial in the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza A virus infection in adult patients.

Influenza Infection Increases Mortality Risk in Acute Myocardial Infarction

Influenza Infection Increases Mortality Risk in Acute Myocardial Infarction

Investigators examined whether influenza is an independent risk factor for the development of acute myocardial infarction.

Low Levels of Influenza Reported in the United States From May to October

Low Levels of Influenza Reported in the United States From May to October

Seasonal influenza activity was also found to be low in the Southern Hemisphere.

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