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Parents Cite Lack of Need as Reason for Not Getting Kids Flu Shots

Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against influenza because they don’t perceive the need, according to a new case-control study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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Progesterone Promotes Healing in the Lung After a Bout of Flu

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Over 100 million women are on hormonal contraceptives. All of them contain some form of progesterone, either alone or in combination with estrogen. A study published on Sept. 15th in PLOS Pathogens reports that treatment with progesterone protects female mice against the consequences of influenza infection by reducing inflammation and improving pulmonary function, primarily through upregulation of amphiregulin in lung cells.

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Vaccine Developed for Devastating Pig Virus

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University of Saskatchewan scientists at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization International Vaccine Centre have developed and tested a prototype vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) which has so far killed more than eight million pigs and cost more than $400 million in lost income since 2013.

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Flu Nasal Spray Provides Similar Protection Against Influenza as Flu Shot: Study

For the study, The research team conducted a three-year trial in a Hutterite colony, where people live communally and are relatively isolated from cities and towns, to determine whether vaccinating children and adolescents with the flu nasal spray provided better direct and community protection than the standard flu shot.

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As Hazard Warnings Increase, Experts Urge Better Decisions on Who and When to Warn

Effective warnings are a growing need as expanding global populations confront a wide range of hazards, such as a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any other environmental hazard threatens safety.

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Antibodies Triggered by Avian Influenza Virus Vaccine Illuminate a New Path Toward a Universal Flu Vaccine

Diverse antibodies induced in humans by vaccination with an avian influenza virus vaccine may offer broader, more durable protection against multiple strains of influenza than today’s vaccines typically provide, according to a study

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Influenza in the Tropics Shows Variable Seasonality

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Whilst countries in the tropics and subtropics exhibit diverse patterns of seasonal flu activity, they can be grouped into eight geographical zones to optimise vaccine formulation and delivery timing, according to a study published April 27, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Siddhivinayak Hirve from the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, and colleagues.

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Developing Ways to Study Influenza D Virus

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Researchers have found antibodies to the newly discovered influenza D virus in pigs, cattle, horses, goats and sheep, but not poultry. South Dakota State University doctoral student Chithra Sreenivasan has proven that the guinea pig can be used as an animal model and is developing a way to study the virus in living cells—trachea and lung epithelial cells from swine and cattle.

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UGA, Sanofi Pasteur Develop New Vaccine for H1N1 Influenza

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Researchers at the University of Georgia and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today the development of a vaccine that protects against multiple strains of both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 influenza in mouse models. They published their findings in the Journal of Virology.

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St. Jude Research Will Guide Development of New Anti-Influenza Drugs

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have revealed new details about how a promising class of anti-influenza drugs blocks the virus from replicating.

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Parents Rate Flu Vaccine Less Important, Effective, Safe Than Other Childhood Vaccines

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Parents who do not get their children flu shots rate flu vaccine less favorably than other childhood vaccines, a national poll finds.

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Flu Tackles Super Bowl Fans

A Cornell University economist and his colleagues have found the geographical areas that have an NFL team advance to the Super Bowl had an 18 percent spike in flu-related deaths among people above the age of 65.

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The Immune System Maintains a Memory of Past Infections by Priming Genes for Future Encounters

Our ability to fight off recurrent infections, such as a colds or flu, may lie in the ‘immunological memory’ found in a newly discovered class of gene regulatory elements, according to research from the University of Birmingham, supported by the BBSRC and Bloodwise.

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Estrogen Protective Against Flu Virus in Women but Not Men, Study Suggests

Estrogen dramatically reduced the amount of flu virus that replicated in infected cells from women but not from men, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows.

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Safe to Cuddle with Pets While Home with a Cold or Flu, Vanderbilt Infectious Disease Expert Says

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A Vanderbilt infectious disease expert, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet therapy” for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ahead. Pets won’t catch or spread human viruses.

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New NDV-H5NX Avian Influenza Vaccine Has Potential for Mass Vaccination of Poultry

In the course of three months, Kansas State University researchers were able to develop and test a new vaccine that protects chickens and other poultry from multiple strains of avian influenza found in the U.S., including H5N1, H5N2 and H5N8.

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Bracing for Flu Season: GW Experts Available to Comment

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Using “Big Data” to Combat Influenza

Team of scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute among those who combined large genomic and proteomic datasets to identify novel host targets to treat flu

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Less Than Half of U.S. Hospitals Require Flu Shots for Staff, Study Suggests -- Despite Risk to Patients

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Within weeks, flu will start spreading. Multiple national recommendations urge all healthcare workers to get the influenza vaccination, to reduce the chances they will pass the virus on to their patients. But a new study finds that more than half of hospitals still don’t require this.

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New Vaccine Strategy Better Protects High-Risk Cancer Patients From Flu

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Yale Cancer Center researchers have developed a vaccine strategy that reduces the risk of flu infections in cancer patients at highest risk for influenza. The findings were presented Dec. 6 at the 57th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida.







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