November 29th 2023
Last year was the fourth season to be classified as high severity since the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.
November 26th 2023
Overall, the study authors concluded that the immunogenicity of QIV and TIV was similar for common influenza ingredients for children aged 6 to 35 months.
September 13th 2023
The interim analysis of its phase 3 study shows the company’s mRNA-1010 vaccine was efficacious against all 4 A and B influenza strains.
June 30th 2023
Aerobic activity and muscle strengthening exercises reduced the risk of pneumonia or influenza mortality, even when the exercises were completed less frequently than recommended.
June 24th 2023
Non-enveloped viruses were resistant to all types of wash products and duration tested, including synthetic soaps, such as the ones typically used in hospitals.
Comparing the Long-Term Health Effects After COVID-19, Influenza, and Sepsis Hospitalization
While COVID-19 patients had a higher risk of venous thromboembolic disease compared to influenza and sepsis patients, the risk of other adverse outcomes was comparable.
Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters: Dosing Intervals, Boosting Strategies, and Coadministration With Influenza Vaccines
"It does take the immune system a while to build up antibodies and recover," said Madeline King-Patel, PharmD, BCIDP, "So you don't want to give the vaccines too close to each other, or you're not going to get the full benefits."
Do Face Masks Actually Protect Children? A Pediatric Study of Exhaled Particles
This study determined the efficacy of face masks at reducing exhaled particles in children, as well as whether the type of activity affected the concentration and size of particles.
Mortality Rate: Severe COVID-19 vs Influenza
People with COVID-19 who were hospitalized had a slightly higher rate of death than those with influenza. However, there were considerably more severe COVID-19 cases than the flu, leading to a much higher number of overall deaths associated with SARS-CoV-2.
Moderna Gives COVID-19, RSV, Flu Shot Updates on their Vaccines Day
Moderna announced new mRNA vaccine candidates to combat prevalent viruses, and is even developing their first-ever bacterial vaccine for Lyme disease.
Antibiotics Do Not Reduce Risk of Death in Patients Hospitalized With Respiratory Infections
"Antibiotics can safely be withheld in most patients with viral respiratory infections,” these study authors wrote.
Better Late Than Never: Deadly Influenza Season Heightens the Importance of Vaccination
New research suggests the majority of people hospitalized with influenza also had a chronic illness.
Hong Kong Confirms Human Case of Avian Flu, as Colorado Reports Mass Bird Deaths
Hong Kong confirmed a case of a man critically ill with avian influenza. On the other side of the world, Colorado is reporting its worst-ever avian flu outbreak among birds of prey.
On the Precipice of the World's First RSV Vaccine: What's Taking so Long?
RSV cases spiked to unprecedented levels this season. Why were these infections so frequent and severe? Why has vaccine development taken so long?
For Men, Prior COVID-19 Infection May Boost Immune Response to Influenza Vaccination
“This was a total surprise,” said study lead author John Tsang, PhD.
Recent Flu Updates from the CDC
All regions are experiencing influenza-like illness levels above the baseline, the CDC said.
Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Safe and Effective for Children 6 Months-5 Years Old
Pediatric populations are disproportionately affected by influenza. The first cell-based quadrivalent flu vaccine offers potential for greater vaccine effectiveness.
Health Officials Urge Flu Vaccination, But Few Adults Plan to Get the Shot
The CDC is urging all eligible persons to receive a flu shot, but a new survey shows fewer adults are planning to get the vaccine this season.
Thromboembolism After COVID-19 vs. Influenza
A new study found that patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are at significantly higher risk for venous thromboembolism in the ensuing 3 months than are patients hospitalized with influenza.
FDA Approves Baloxavir Marboxil Flu Drug for Children
The FDA has approved Baloxavir Marboxil (Xofluza) for children 5 years and older to treat and prevent influenza.
Flu Vaccine Protects Against Death, Recurrent Hospitalizations in Older Patients with CVD
The report showed the protective benefits varied somewhat by cardiovascular disease subtype.
Influenza Vaccine Update: What Can We Expect This Immunization Season?
With the impending start to the 2022-2023 influenza season just a few months away, here is some information on what is being studied for vaccines as well as recommendations and new testing.
COVID-19 and MIS-C Severity vs Influenza and RSV in Children
Data on hospitalizations of children during the pandemic highlighted the seriousness of MIS-C, particularly in children of color.
A Significant Investment in mRNA Technology Fuels Moderna’s Vaccine Pipeline
The company is utilizing this platform to address new COVID-19 variants, combination vaccines, and potentially prevent HIV.
Case of Human Avian Influenza Reported in US
A Colorado person tested positive for avian influenza. The patient worked closely with poultry, their only symptom was fatigue, and they have since recovered after a few days.
Novavax Reports its COVID-19 Influenza Combination Vaccine is Well-Tolerated, Provides Immune Response
The investigational vaccine's findings from their phase 1/2 clinical trial were reported at the World Vaccine Congress.
Moderna Begins Administering Their Investigational Influenza Vaccines
The investigational shots utilizing their mRNA technology platform are being studied in adults in the US.
Text Messages Saying Influenza Vaccine ‘Reserved for You’ May Boost Uptake
Patients scheduled for primary care appointments were more likely to get an influenza vaccine if they received a text message the night before indicating one was reserved for them, a new study shows.
Public Health Watch: ‘Substantial Burden’ of Influenza and RSV Deaths in US Prior to COVID-19 Pandemic
Findings of JAMA Network Open analysis reveal effects of interventions designed to prevent spread.
Weekly Flu Report Finds Sporadic Infections
This flu season, the CDC reported at least 2.4 million flu illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 1,400 deaths from flu so far.
The Risk of Severe Influenza Among Infants Younger Than 6 Months
A recent study in Australia highlights the risk of severe influenza disease in infants younger than 6 months and the need for preventative measures to protect this vulnerable population.
COVID-19 or the Flu? Identifying Similarities and Differences
Key signs and symptoms to help distinguish between the 2 respiratory illnesses.
RSV in Children with Influenza-Like Illness
A team of researchers sought to study the epidemiological characteristics of RSV in pediatric influenza-like illness cases.
Usual Source of Care and Flu Vaccination Rates in Pregnant Women
A new study sought to address the association between a usual source of care and influenza vaccination rates among pregnant women.
COVID-19 Precautions Likely Eliminated Pediatric Influenza-Related Hospitalizations in Canada
No influenza-related hospitalizations of children were found in a nationwide study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 20/21 flu season.
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