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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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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.

New CHEST Guideline for Acute Cough Due to Suspected Pneumonia or Influenza

New CHEST Guideline for Acute Cough Due to Suspected Pneumonia or Influenza

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.

Does Prior Flu Vaccination Affect Subsequent Vaccine Efficacy in Children?

Does Prior Flu Vaccination Affect Subsequent Vaccine Efficacy in Children?

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).

Are Asthma Hospitalizations Predictive of Influenza Hospitalizations in NYC Adults?

Are Asthma Hospitalizations Predictive of Influenza Hospitalizations in NYC Adults?

Time-series analysis based on geographic location revealed positive significant associations between asthma and influenza hospitalizations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Trivalent, Quadrivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Approved for Patients 6 Months and Older

Trivalent, Quadrivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Approved for Patients 6 Months and Older

The FDA has approved the use of Afluria and Afluria Quadrivalent for use in patients ≥6 months old.

First-in-Class Antiviral Approved for the Treatment of Influenza

First-in-Class Antiviral Approved for the Treatment of Influenza

"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.

Giving Flu Shots in Pharmacies Could Increase Vaccination Coverage

Giving Flu Shots in Pharmacies Could Increase Vaccination Coverage

There were reductions in influenza cases, deaths, and costs by adding pharmacies during influenza epidemics.

CDC: Many Pregnant Women Not Receiving Influenza Vaccinations

CDC: Many Pregnant Women Not Receiving Influenza Vaccinations

Fewer than half of women who were pregnant during peak influenza vaccination period in 2017 to 2018 were vaccinated.

Population Density, Structure Impact Length of Flu Season

Population Density, Structure Impact Length of Flu Season

Larger cities with higher base transmission potentials have more diffuse influenza epidemics.

Flu Vaccine Cuts Hospitalization Rates in Pregnant Women

Flu Vaccine Cuts Hospitalization Rates in Pregnant Women

Influenza-related hospitalizations were reduced by 40% over 6 flu seasons.

Strain Selection for Annual Influenza Vaccines Should Consider Preexisting Immunity

Strain Selection for Annual Influenza Vaccines Should Consider Preexisting Immunity

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.

Statins Increase Risk for Medically Attended Acute Respiratory Illness

Statins Increase Risk for Medically Attended Acute Respiratory Illness

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.

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