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Saliva May Improve With Age for Flu Protection

Posted 14 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 14 – Certain proteins in saliva help protect seniors from influenza, according to a new study from China. The findings improve understanding of why older people are better able to fight off the new strains of bird and swine flu than younger people, said researcher Zheng Li and colleagues. As well as beginning the process of digesting foods, saliva also contains germ-fighting proteins that form a first-line defense against infections. It was already known that a person's age affects their saliva's levels of certain glycoproteins, which are proteins with a sugar coating that combat disease-causing germs. In this study, investigators sought to learn more about how age-related differences in these saliva proteins affect people's susceptibility to influenza. The researchers analyzed saliva samples from 180 men and women of various ages and found that glycoproteins in the saliva ... Read more

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New Fluzone Quadrivalent Four-Strain Influenza Vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur Now Licensed By FDA for Broad Age Range of Children and Adults

Posted 11 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

• The first and only 4-strain influenza vaccine option for patients as young as six months of age, • Helps protect children and adults against additional influenza B strain, • Newest addition to the Fluzone family of influenza vaccines. Lyon, France – June 10, 2013 – Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for licensure of its four-strain influenza vaccine, Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine. Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine is the newest addition to the Fluzone family of influenza vaccines. Like Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone vaccine, which is administered to more than 50 million people in the U.S. each year, Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine is licensed for use in children six months of age and older, adolescents, and adults. ... Read more

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Flu Shots at School Boost Vaccination Rates, Study Finds

Posted 10 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 10 – Offering flu shots at elementary schools could reduce the number of flu cases and deaths among children, a new study suggests. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect children aged 6 months and older against seasonal flu, but vaccination rates among American children are low. Only about 40 percent of children received a 2012-2013 flu vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 90 percent of children who died from flu during 2012-2013 were not vaccinated, the CDC noted. The study, conducted in late 2009, included 32 elementary schools in the Rochester, N.Y., area. Two flu vaccination clinics were held four weeks apart at 21 of the schools, while no vaccination clinics were held at the 11 other schools. The flu vaccination rate among students at the schools where vaccination clinics were held was 13 percent higher than among ... Read more

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Whooping Cough Cases Rise as Parents Opt Out of Vaccine

Posted 3 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 3 – Parents who opt out of vaccinating their children are putting their own kids and others around them at risk of serious illness, finds a study conducted in New York. Almost twice as many parents in New York sought religious exemptions from vaccination in 2011 compared to 12 years earlier, and cases of whooping cough (pertussis) increased simultaneously, the study found. "The reason for the rising rates for religious exemptions is unknown. Our preliminary results suggest that it's not for religious reasons alone," said study senior author Dr. Jana Shaw, an assistant professor of pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Counties with exemption rates of 1 percent or more experienced higher rates of whooping cough in both unvaccinated and vaccinated children – 33 cases per 100,000 children on average compared to 20 cases per 100,000 in counties with lower ... Read more

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Flu Infections Continue to Decline

Posted 8 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 8 – The flu season may not be over, but the worst of it seems to be. Flu activity, although still elevated, declined in most parts of the United States during the week ending March 2, U.S. health officials reported Friday. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Four states experienced moderate flu activity: Illinois, Michigan, Vermont and Virginia. Thirteen states experienced low fIu activity: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Utah. New York City also experienced low activity. Thirty-three states experienced minimal activity: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, ... Read more

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Higher Indoor Humidity Levels Might Slow Flu's Spread

Posted 28 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 – As the flu season continues to pack a punch for some Americans, new research suggests there might be a simple way to reduce the risk for infection in an indoor setting: hike up humidity levels. By raising indoor relative humidity levels to 43 percent or above, investigators reported that they were able to quickly render 86 percent of airborne virus particles powerless. The finding is reported in the February issue of the journal PLOS One by a team led by John Noti, a senior service fellow with the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Health Effects Laboratory Division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Morgantown, W.V. To assess the role of humidity in flu transmission, Noti and his colleagues relied on mechanized mannequins and tissue cultures rather than actual humans. Placed in a tightly sealed and disinfected model ... Read more

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H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Tied to Sleep Disorder in British Children

Posted 26 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 – A British study finds that children and teens who were vaccinated during the 2009 swine flu outbreak are at increased risk for narcolepsy, a disorder that causes people to fall asleep during the day. The particular flu vaccine involved has never been licensed for use in the United States, according a statement on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Researchers looked at data from children and teens aged 4 to 18 who were treated at sleep centers and neurology centers in England, and concluded that receiving the Pandemrix vaccine was associated with a 14- to 16-fold increased risk of developing narcolepsy. They also determined that one in 52,000 to 57,500 doses of the vaccine are associated with narcolepsy, according to the study published online Feb. 26 in the journal BMJ. The findings are consistent with previous studies in other countries, ... Read more

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Flu Shot May Not Work as Well for Seniors

Posted 6 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 – Seniors seem to get a weaker boost to their immune system following a flu shot than young people do, a small study shows. Experts say the findings essentially confirm what's been believed: The flu shot just doesn't work as well for older immune systems. But they also caution that the vaccine remains the best defense against flu misery. Older people are among those at greatest risk for flu complications, like pneumonia. Americans older than 65 have been hard-hit during the current, rough flu season: Late last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 98 of every 100,000 seniors were hospitalized with the flu for the week ending Jan. 19. So older adults should keep getting vaccinated every year, according to Nicholas Kelley, a research associate with the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, in ... Read more

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Beware Fake Flu Treatments, FDA Warns

Posted 4 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 4 – With the height of flu season here, the U.S Food and Drug Administration warns consumers to avoid fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat or cure the flu. These products haven't been tested and are not approved by the FDA. They can be found online and in retail stores, and may be marketed as dietary supplements or conventional drugs, foods (such as herbal teas), nasal sprays and devices (such as air filters and light therapies), the agency said in a news release. "As any health threat emerges, fraudulent products appear almost overnight. Right now, so-called 'alternatives' to the flu vaccine are big with scammers," Gary Coody, the FDA's national health fraud coordinator, said in the news release. Mary Malarkey, director of the FDA's Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality, added: "These unproven products give consumers a false sense of security. There is no ... Read more

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People Can Emit Flu Germs in Air Up to 6 Feet Away, Study Finds

Posted 31 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 31 – People suffering from the flu can give off small virus particles into the air at greater distances than previously thought, putting the health care workers who treat these patients at increased risk for getting the virus themselves, researchers report. The investigators, from Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, suggest that more studies are needed on how the flu is spread. Infection-control guidelines for health care providers may also need to be updated to help these workers protect their health. The study was published in the current edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. "Our study offers new evidence of the natural emission of influenza and may provide a better understanding of how to best protect health care providers during routine care activities," the researchers, led by Dr. Werner Bischoff, wrote in the report. For the study, ... Read more

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Too Few Adults Get Recommended Vaccines: CDC

Posted 29 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 29 – Vaccines aren't just for kids, and most American adults aren't getting their recommended vaccinations, federal health officials said Tuesday. "In general, too few adults are taking advantage of the protection of vaccines, leaving themselves and those around them at greater risk of vaccine-preventable diseases," Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said during a news conference. For example, Koh said, in 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, there were some 37,000 cases of preventable pneumococcal pneumonia that resulted in 4,000 deaths. The majority of deaths occurred among adults 50 and older, and the highest rates were seen among those 65 years and older. Almost everyone who gets invasive pneumococcal disease needs treatment in the hospital, and that's why people 65 and older should ... Read more

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People With Egg Allergy Can Safely Get Flu Shot: Experts

Posted 23 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 – Flu vaccination is safe for children and adults with an egg allergy, according to new research that is especially timely in light of the current widespread flu. "The influenza vaccine is grown in chicken eggs; therefore, it contains trace amounts of egg allergen," Dr. James Sublett, chairman of the public relations committee at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said in a college news release. "It has been long advised that children and adults with an egg allergy do not receive the vaccination; however, we now know administration is safe," Sublett said. "Children and adults should be vaccinated, especially when the flu season is severe, as it is this year." A study published in the December 2012 issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology concluded that flu vaccine contains such a low amount of egg protein that it won't cause an ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Against Flu During Pregnancy

Posted 22 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Changes in a pregnant woman's immune system put her at greater-than-average risk of getting the flu. The flu.gov website says if she gets the flu, it could pose lasting complications for her and baby. The site offers these recommendations for pregnant women: Get the seasonal flu shot (not the nasal spray vaccine, which is not approved for pregnant women) as soon as it is available. Wash your hands frequently. Breast-feed after delivery. If you have flu symptoms, contact your health care provider right away. Read more

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Study Finds Nearly Half of U.S. Kids Are Under-Vaccinated

Posted 21 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 21 – In recent years, nearly half (49 percent) of U.S. children under the age of 2 did not receive all the recommended vaccinations or received some vaccinations late, a new study shows. All these children are considered under-vaccinated, according to the Kaiser Permanente researchers who analyzed the immunization records of more than 320,000 children born between 2004 and 2008. The investigation revealed a significant increase in the number of under-vaccinated children during the study period, and also found that one in eight under-vaccinated children's parents decided not to follow Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) childhood vaccination guidelines, according to a Kaiser news release. Those decisions meant that children went a longer time between vaccinations or received fewer vaccinations in a single office visit, leaving them under-vaccinated, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Protect Kids from Flu

Posted 21 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

-- The immune system of babies and young children is still developing, which puts them at increased risk of getting the flu. The flu.gov website offers these suggestions for protecting your child from flu's wrath: Make sure all kids aged 6 months and older get the annual flu vaccine. Children with a chronic health condition are at particularly high risk of getting the flu. For children under 6 months who are too young to get the vaccine, make sure parents are vaccinated. When possible, avoid exposing the child to the flu. If you suspect your child has the flu, contact a pediatrician without delay. Read more

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