Influenza News

 
 
  • Ibrutinib Does Not Block Flu Vaccine Response in CLL Patients Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients on ibrutinib can mount a response to the influenza vaccine, new research shows.
  • Influenza B Hits Older Children Harder Influenza B infection carries a higher mortality risk than influenza A infection in children, according to an analysis of 2004-2013 surveillance data.
  • LAIV, Inactivated Flu Vaccine Offer Similar Protection New data on trivalent live attenuated vaccine run counter the ACIP's recommendation that LAIV not be used in the 2016-2017 influenza season because of lack of effectiveness.
  • CDC: US Death Rates Inch Down for Many Leading Diseases Provisional estimates show declines in the first quarter of 2016 for some top causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and pneumonia/influenza.
  • Alert FDA Approves First Generic Tamiflu The agency cautioned that it doesn't know if oseltamivir works in people who start taking it 2 days after the start of symptoms, or who have weak immune systems.
  • Experimental Vaccine Could Provide Rapid Response to Diseases A type of experimental vaccine that can be made in just a week and has protected mice against influenza, Ebola and Zika viruses may offer promise for quick responses to disease outbreaks in people, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers.
  • Parents' Vaccine Acceptance Continues to Rise, Clinicians Say A comparison of the 2016 and 2015 Medscape surveys on vaccine acceptance shows that the increase last year wasn't a temporary boost from reaction to the California measles outbreak. Still, more than 1 in 3 clinicians see no gains.
  • Flu Shot May Help Protect Diabetics From CV Hospitalization Even younger adult diabetics may have a weakened immune response, similar to effects of advanced age, so there's "no harm and certainly potential benefit" if all received flu shots, say researchers.
  • Maternal Flu Vaccination Protects Baby Only for a Short Spell The duration of infant protection against influenza afforded by immunizing pregnant women with trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine is likely to be limited to the first eight weeks of life, new research suggests.
  • First Ever Biosafety Report Details 199 Mishaps With Toxic Agents The Federal Select Agent Program, which oversees dangerous substances such as anthrax and bird flu in federal, academic and private labs, reported 199 incidents in which lab workers were potentially exposed to infectious or toxic agents in 2015, though there were no losses of select agents.
  • Top 10 Causes of Death in the US Heart disease and cancer were the top two causes of death in the United States in 2014; the death rate hits an all-time low.
  • AstraZeneca Takes $80 Million Hit as U.S. Spurns Nasal Flu Vaccine AstraZeneca said it would take an $80 million writedown on stocks of its flu vaccine Flumist Quadrivalent, which is sprayed into the nose, after U.S. health authorities decided they would not use the product.
  • ACIP Nixes Nasal Spray Influenza Vaccine for Next Season The CDC's ACIP has recommended that live attenuated influenza vaccine, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, should not be used because it was ineffective during the last three influenza seasons.
  • ASM Universal Flu Vaccine in the Works A novel approach that targets a vulnerability unique to the influenza A virus could lead to vaccines that provide broad and durable protection against current and future flu strains.
  • ASM Bill Gates, Jennifer Doudna Will Take Podium at ASM Microbe More than 10,000 delegates are expected at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2016 conference, where Bill Gates and DNA-editing revolutionary Jennifer Doudna will take the stage.
  • Risk for Febrile Seizure After Multiple Vaccines Is Low The incidence of febrile seizures in children 6 to 23 months of age increased when multiple vaccines are given at once, but the absolute risk remains low, according to new data.
  • Premature Infants May Still Benefit From Maternal Vaccination Preterm infants seem to benefit when mothers are vaccinated against pertussis and other pathogens early in the third trimester, U.K. researchers report.
  • HF Could Flu Shots Lower Hospitalization, Dementia Risk in HF? One study showed a 35% lower dementia risk, whereas another "provides the most compelling evidence to date for the protective effect of influenza vaccination on hospital admissions," say researchers.
  • Flu Strikes Fewer Infants When Pregnant Women Get Vaccinated Infants have a much lower risk of getting influenza when their mothers are vaccinated against the virus during pregnancy, a U.S. study confirms.
  • Better to Get Your Flu Shot in the Morning, Study Hints You're better off getting your flu shot in the morning than in the afternoon, researchers from England say.
 
 
 
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