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Article ID: 685787

Genetic Mutation Could, if Altered, Boost Flumist Vaccine’s Effectiveness, Research Suggests

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have discovered a genetic mutation in the FluMist intranasal flu vaccine that has the potential to be altered to enhance the vaccine’s protective effect.

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28-Nov-2017 9:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 685624

Rainfall Can Indicate That Mosquito-Borne Epidemics Will Occur Weeks Later

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new study demonstrates that outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses Zika and Chikungunya generally occur about three weeks after heavy rainfall. Researchers also found that Chikungunya will predominate over Zika when both circulate at the same time.

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21-Nov-2017 5:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 685602

Post-Flu Risks A Growing Concern For The Elderly

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Infectious disease experts are warning that flu can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and disability in elderly patients for months after they have recovered from their illness.

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21-Nov-2017 2:50 PM EST
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Article ID: 684798

Improved Vaccination Coverage Could Yield Major Health and Economic Impacts This Flu Season, Says Virginia Tech Expert

Virginia Tech

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9-Nov-2017 1:55 AM EST
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    8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST

Article ID: 684299

Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

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8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
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    6-Nov-2017 3:00 PM EST

Article ID: 684563

Penn Study Pinpoints H3N2 Mutation in Last Year’s Flu Vaccine as Responsible for Lowered Efficacy

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The below average efficacy of last year’s influenza vaccine (which was only 20 to 30 percent effective) can be attributed to a mutation in the H3N2 strain, a new study reports. With the mutation, most people receiving the egg-grown vaccine did not have immunity against H3N2 viruses that circulated last year.

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6-Nov-2017 12:05 PM EST
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    4-Nov-2017 7:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 683699

Methotrexate Drug Holiday Improves Flu Vaccine Efficacy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

People with RA who stop taking methotrexate treatment for just two weeks after they have a seasonal flu shot can improve the vaccine’s efficacy without increasing RA disease activity, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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26-Oct-2017 4:20 PM EDT
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Article ID: 684483

UGA, Sanofi Pasteur Develop New Broadly Protective Vaccines for H3N2 Influenza

University of Georgia

Researchers have developed a vaccine candidate that protects against multiple co-circulating strains of H3N2 influenza isolated over five seasons following testing in mouse and ferret models.

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2-Nov-2017 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 684154

How Flu Shot Manufacturing Forces Influenza to Mutate

Scripps Research Institute

Egg-based production causes virus to target bird cells, making vaccine less effective.

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30-Oct-2017 12:05 PM EDT
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    27-Oct-2017 12:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 683856

Physicians React to Flu Forecasts, Recommend Preparing Now for Flu Season

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Australia has seen its worst flu season on record and could indicate a rough season for the United States.

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25-Oct-2017 3:30 PM EDT
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