Influenza

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.

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

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

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.

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

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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.

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.

Overcoming Challenges to Create a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Overcoming Challenges to Create a Universal Influenza Vaccine

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

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.

New Influenza Vaccine Guidelines Released for Patients With Egg Allergy

New Influenza Vaccine Guidelines Released for Patients With Egg Allergy

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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

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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

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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.

Cause for Reduced Effectiveness of 2016-2017 Influenza Vaccine Discovered

Cause for Reduced Effectiveness of 2016-2017 Influenza Vaccine Discovered

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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

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About 50 employees have been fired from Essentia Health, a Duluth, Minnesota-based hospital chain, for refusing to receive the flu vaccination.

Healthcare Providers With Influenza-Like Symptoms Work While Sick

Healthcare Providers With Influenza-Like Symptoms Work While Sick

Interventions to target healthcare professional-associated influenza transmission, intervention may be necessary to prevent transmission.

Antipyretic Effect on Immune Response to Flu Vaccination in Young Children

Antipyretic Effect on Immune Response to Flu Vaccination in Young Children

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Antipyretic administration for fever in young children is not associated with any significant blunting of immune response to inactivated influenza vaccination.

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates Via Text Messaging

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates Via Text Messaging

Text messaging may be an effective way to increase the rate of influenza vaccination.

Influenza Vaccination in Pediatric Emergency Departments

Influenza Vaccination in Pediatric Emergency Departments

Influenza vaccination in the pediatric emergency department setting appears to be a cost-effective strategy.

Temporary MTX Discontinuation Improves Flu Vaccine Immunogenicity in RA

Temporary MTX Discontinuation Improves Flu Vaccine Immunogenicity in RA

Temporary discontinuation of methotrexate after influenza vaccination is associated with improved immunogenicity of vaccination in RA.

Pandemic Possible With H7N9 Avian Influenza Variant

Pandemic Possible With H7N9 Avian Influenza Variant

A highly pathogenic variant of H7N9 avian influenza has evolved and is now capable of causing a pandemic, according to recent research.

Peramivir Injection Now Available for Acute Uncomplicated Influenza in Children

Peramivir Injection Now Available for Acute Uncomplicated Influenza in Children

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Rapivab is now indicated for use in pediatric patients ≥2 years with acute uncomplicated influenza.

Season-to-Season Examination of Flu Shot Rates: No Change Among Pediatric Patients

Season-to-Season Examination of Flu Shot Rates: No Change Among Pediatric Patients

Despite the loss of the live attenuated influenza vaccine, overall immunization rates in children 2-17 remained steady.

High Percentage of Healthcare Personnel Receive Influenza Vaccination

High Percentage of Healthcare Personnel Receive Influenza Vaccination

The majority of healthcare workers receive an influenza vaccination, but more pregnant women should be vaccinated.

CDC Continues to Recommend Influenza Vaccination in Pregnancy

CDC Continues to Recommend Influenza Vaccination in Pregnancy

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The CDC continues to urge pregnant women to receive influenza vaccinations.

No Increased Risk for VTE After Flu Vaccine in People Older Than 50

No Increased Risk for VTE After Flu Vaccine in People Older Than 50

Influenza vaccination does not increase the risk for venous thromboembolism in patients older than 50 years of age.

AAP Update: 2017-2018 Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Recommendations

AAP Update: 2017-2018 Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against the use of the quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4).

Inaccuracy of Traditional vs Digital Influenza Tests

Inaccuracy of Traditional vs Digital Influenza Tests

Researchers examined the efficacy of digital immunoassays vs rapid influenza diagnostic tests for diagnosing influenza.

Nasal Spray Availability Impacts Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Rates

Nasal Spray Availability Impacts Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Rates

Fewer children were immunized against influenza once the CDC ruled out use of the nasal spray.

Acute Lower Respiratory Infection Risk In Infants Impacted by Maternal Vaccination

Acute Lower Respiratory Infection Risk In Infants Impacted by Maternal Vaccination

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Hospitalization risk was increased in infants of vaccinated vs nonvaccinated mothers only during the first 90 days of life.

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