Influenza

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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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"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.

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.

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.

Strain Selection for Annual Influenza Vaccines Should Consider Preexisting Immunity

Strain Selection for Annual Influenza Vaccines Should Consider Preexisting Immunity

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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

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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.

Novel Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Shows Tolerability, Safety, and High Immune Response

Novel Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Shows Tolerability, Safety, and High Immune Response

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NasoVAX, an adenovirus-based intranasal flu vaccine, shows tolerability, safety, and higher cellular immune response compared to an injectable vaccine.

Baloxavir Marboxil Safe and Effective for High-Risk Influenza

Baloxavir Marboxil Safe and Effective for High-Risk Influenza

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When compared to placebo, baloxavir marboxil was associated with reduced risk of influenza complications and faster recovery.

Active Choice Intervention Effective in Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates at Primary Care Practices

Active Choice Intervention Effective in Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates at Primary Care Practices

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Influenza vaccination rates decline as the clinic day progresses.

Early Oseltamivir Use Linked to Clinical Benefits in Influenza Complicating ARDS

Early Oseltamivir Use Linked to Clinical Benefits in Influenza Complicating ARDS

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Patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome and confirmed influenza diagnosis treated ≤6 hours with oseltamivir had reduced length of hospital stay and a lower rate of mortality.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

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Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.

80,000 Americans Died From Influenza Over Last Year

80,000 Americans Died From Influenza Over Last Year

The 2017 to 2018 flu strains hit the very young and elderly especially hard.

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

Is Mandatory Genetic Testing for Influenza Infection Variants Ethical?

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Mandatory genetic testing may also constitute an undue threat to employee autonomy and privacy.

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.

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

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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

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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

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

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

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

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

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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

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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.

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