Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are working to develop a universal influenza vaccine.
Black adolescents have lower odds of receiving influenza vaccination than white adolescents.
The trial analyzed the antibody response of 103 asthmatic patients to the seasonal influenza vaccine.
In older, hospitalized adults, respiratory syncytial virus may be associated with greater morbidity and mortality compared with influenza.
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.
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.
Statin use did not modify the effect of vaccination on influenza in adults ≥45 years.
Pimodivir was found to be beneficial in the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza A virus infection in adult patients.
Investigators examined whether influenza is an independent risk factor for the development of acute myocardial infarction.
Seasonal influenza activity was also found to be low in the Southern Hemisphere.
The CHEST Expert Cough Panel agreed on cough, dyspnea, pleural pain, sweating, shivers, aches, temperature of ≥38°C, tachypnea, and new and localizing chest examination signs as clinical symptoms as criteria suggestive of pneumonia in outpatient adults.
To better understand the influence of prior-season vaccination on subsequent influenza vaccine effectiveness, researchers conducted a multiseason, test-negative case-control study among vaccinated children 2-17 years old recruited during 3 influenza seasons (2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016).
Time-series analysis based on geographic location revealed positive significant associations between asthma and influenza hospitalizations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The FDA has approved the use of Afluria and Afluria Quadrivalent for use in patients ≥6 months old.
"This is the first new antiviral flu treatment with a novel mechanism of action approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.
There were reductions in influenza cases, deaths, and costs by adding pharmacies during influenza epidemics.
Fewer than half of women who were pregnant during peak influenza vaccination period in 2017 to 2018 were vaccinated.
Larger cities with higher base transmission potentials have more diffuse influenza epidemics.
Influenza-related hospitalizations were reduced by 40% over 6 flu seasons.
Repeated exposure to the influenza virus affects antibody quantity and quality, and strains selected for seasonal vaccines may not provide coverage sufficient for individuals frequently infected and/or vaccinated.
Elderly patients who have been inoculated with the influenza vaccine and who also use a statin are at a greater risk for medically attended acute respiratory illness.