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It's Not Too Soon to Get Your Flu Shot, Doctor Says

Posted 25 Sep 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 – This season's flu vaccine is now available, and Americans should get their flu shot as soon as possible, an expert says. "Contrary to some beliefs, getting the flu shot in September is a good thing and will offer protection for the entirety of the flu season," Dr. Stephen Russell, an associated professor in the general internal medicine division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release. "Most people will only need one shot each year, but the flu shot a patient had last year will not protect them for this coming flu season," added Russell, who also is a lead physician at the UAB Medicine Moody Clinic. This season's vaccine is different than those in previous years. For the first time, the vaccine protects against four different types of flu viruses, according to the news release. In past years, vaccines offered protection ... Read more

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Take Kids to Get Their Flu Shots Early, Experts Say

Posted 2 Sep 2013 by

MONDAY, Sept. 2 – As soon as the updated seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, parents should bring children aged 6 months and older to get vaccinated, according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP now recommends that kids be protected against the flu with either the trivalent vaccine, which contains three strains of the virus, or with a new quadrivalent vaccine that offers protection against four strains of flu. The quadrivalent vaccines for this year's flu season contain the same three strains as the trivalent vaccine, but it may also offer protection from an additional B strain. The AAP has not said that one vaccine is better than the other. Instead, the group said to get either one of these vaccines at the first opportunity. "Parents should not delay vaccinating their children to obtain a specific vaccine," Dr. Henry Bernstein, a ... Read more

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Could Flu Shots Help Prevent Heart Attacks?

Posted 22 Aug 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 – Getting a flu shot could help protect against a heart attack, Australian researchers say. Their new study found that hospitalized heart attack patients were about half as likely to have received a flu vaccination and about twice as likely to have gotten sick with the flu as people living in the same city who had not suffered a heart attack, leading them to conclude that flu shots might shield against heart attacks. Not everyone agrees it's fair to make that claim based on this study's findings, however. "To draw any definite conclusions from this study would be a bit of a jump at this point," says Dr. Tara Narula, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City who was not involved in the research. Generally, in this kind of a study, researchers try to study two groups of people who are very similar except for their exposure to one or two variables of ... Read more

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Flu Vaccine Protects Millions Annually: CDC

Posted 19 Jun 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, June 19 – Flu shots likely prevented 13 million illnesses and more than 110,000 hospitalizations in the United States between 2005 and 2011, according to a new study. The impact of flu vaccination was greatest during 2010-2011, when 5 million flu cases, 2.1 million medical visits and 40,400 hospitalizations were avoided, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, published June 19 in the journal PLoS One, are based on a calculation of the health-care burden of flu cases that would have occurred in the absence of vaccination. Factors such as illness and hospitalization rates during the flu season, vaccination coverage and vaccine effectiveness were considered in the calculation. "These results confirm the value of influenza vaccination, but highlight the need for more people to get vaccinated and the imperative for ... Read more

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Saliva May Improve With Age for Flu Protection

Posted 14 Jun 2013 by

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

• 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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