Influenza

Improvement in Influenza Vaccination Rates With Combination Patient Portal Messaging, Interactive Phone Calls

Improvement in Influenza Vaccination Rates With Combination Patient Portal Messaging, Interactive Phone Calls

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Patient portal and voice call notifications resulted in a "small but significant" improvement in vaccination rates.

Novel Tool Utilizing UV Light May Combat Spread of Influenza

Novel Tool Utilizing UV Light May Combat Spread of Influenza

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Unlike broad-spectrum UVC light, far-UVC light has not been linked to skin cancer or cataracts.

CDC Advisory: Increased Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity

CDC Advisory: Increased Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity

The H3N2 strain of influenza has been predominant in the 2017-2018 influenza season.

Some Respiratory Infections Increase Risk for Acute Myocardial Infarction

Some Respiratory Infections Increase Risk for Acute Myocardial Infarction

Researchers observed a significant association between respiratory infections and acute myocardial infarction.

AAP: Recommendations Released for Influenza Vaccine in Children

AAP: Recommendations Released for Influenza Vaccine in Children

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The AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases released recommendations regarding influenza, influenza immunization, and influenza treatment for the 2017-2018 season.

The Quest for a Universal Influenza Vaccine

The Quest for a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Researchers from NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases aimed to develop a universal influenza vaccine that would confer better and longer-lasting protection against the influenza virus.

Influenza Vaccination for Multiple Seasons Helps Prevent Severe Infection

Influenza Vaccination for Multiple Seasons Helps Prevent Severe Infection

Results show that annual vaccination lessens flu severity, hospitalizations, and death among the elderly.

Influenza Vaccine Predicted to Be Effective Against US H3N2 Viruses

Influenza Vaccine Predicted to Be Effective Against US H3N2 Viruses

Current vaccines are likely to be effective against H3N2 flu viruses in the 2017/2018 flu season.

CDC Update: Influenza Activity Increasing in the United States

CDC Update: Influenza Activity Increasing in the United States

Influenza activity in the United States was low during October 2017, but started increasing in November.

Essentia Health Fires 50 Employees for Refusing Influenza Vaccination

Essentia Health Fires 50 Employees for Refusing Influenza Vaccination

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The Minnesota-based hospital chain fired nearly 50 employees for refusal to receive the influenza vaccine.

Text Message Reminders Moderately Effective for Influenza Vaccination

Text Message Reminders Moderately Effective for Influenza Vaccination

One additional high-risk patient was immunized for every 29 messages sent.

Many Healthcare Professionals Work While Sick With Influenza-Like Illness

Many Healthcare Professionals Work While Sick With Influenza-Like Illness

Hospital-based healthcare personnel had the highest frequency of working with influenza-like illness.

HCPs in Long-Term Care Settings Consistently With Lower Influenza Vaccination Coverage

HCPs in Long-Term Care Settings Consistently With Lower Influenza Vaccination Coverage

More than 78% of health care personnel and 54% of pregnant women received influenza vaccine during the 2016-17 influenza season.

Safety and Acceptability of Inactivated Flu Vaccine Delivered by Microneedle Patch

Safety and Acceptability of Inactivated Flu Vaccine Delivered by Microneedle Patch

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Microneedle patches used for the influenza vaccine are tolerated just as well as using a needle and syringe.

Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Ineffective for Children in 2015-16

Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Ineffective for Children in 2015-16

The inactivated influenza vaccine was 60% effective among children, while the live attenuated vaccine was found to be ineffective.

Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Ineffective for Children in 2015-16

Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Ineffective for Children in 2015-16

The inactivated influenza vaccine was 60% effective among children, while the live attenuated vaccine was found to be ineffective.

High-Dose Flu Vaccine Reduces Respiratory Illness in Nursing Home Residents

High-Dose Flu Vaccine Reduces Respiratory Illness in Nursing Home Residents

High-dose influenza vaccination can reduce risk of respiratory-related hospitalization among nursing home residents.

Digging Deeper Into the Flu Vaccine and Its Importance to Public Health

Digging Deeper Into the Flu Vaccine and Its Importance to Public Health

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There is a sure-fire way for us to gain an upper hand with the flu virus, though. It's simple: get more people vaccinated.

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Varies by Occupation and Industry

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Varies by Occupation and Industry

There was wide variation by state in vaccination coverage among tier 1 and health care personnel groups.

Influenza Vaccinations Associated with Decreased Flu-Linked Pediatric Deaths

Influenza Vaccinations Associated with Decreased Flu-Linked Pediatric Deaths

Influenza vaccine effectiveness was 51% among children with high-risk conditions and 65% overall.

Influenza Vaccine Had 48% Overall Effectiveness

Influenza Vaccine Had 48% Overall Effectiveness

The more severe H3N2 strain is a factor in reduced coverage.

AAP Suggests Adolescent Vaccination Rates Need Improvement

AAP Suggests Adolescent Vaccination Rates Need Improvement

HPV and influenza immunization rates remain well below goals, says AAP.

Influenza Activity Spreading Quickly Across the US

Influenza Activity Spreading Quickly Across the US

The dominant strain right now is H3N2, CDC epidemiologist notes.

Low Flu Vaccination Rates This Season in the US

Low Flu Vaccination Rates This Season in the US

The vaccination rate among health care providers is about the same as last season.

Study Shows Up to Half of Health Care Workers Are Not Receiving Annual Influenza Vaccine

Study Shows Up to Half of Health Care Workers Are Not Receiving Annual Influenza Vaccine

This study shows that in some facilities, up to half of their heath care workers are not receiving the annually recommended vaccine against the influenza virus.

Updated Guidelines for Flu Vaccinations in Children Released by the AAP

Updated Guidelines for Flu Vaccinations in Children Released by the AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that all children aged 6 months or older should receive the seasonal flu vaccine, according to a recently published policy statement.

First Generic Version of Tamiflu Now Approved by the FDA

First Generic Version of Tamiflu Now Approved by the FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first generic version of Tamiflu®.

Tamiflumania

Tamiflumania

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The influenza virus, like the weather, is becoming more unpredictable and wreaking havoc around the United States.

Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty on Flu Vaccine Asks Loyola Infectious Disease Specialist

Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty on Flu Vaccine Asks Loyola Infectious Disease Specialist

In baseball, 3 strikes and youre out. The most common annual vaccine targets 3 strains of flu virus. This year, 2 vaccine strains are spot on and successfully matched. One strain is partially mismatched, but still believed to offer partial coverage for that strain.

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