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There's Still Time to Get a Flu Shot

Posted 5 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2014 – It's still not too late to get a flu shot, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. Flu activity often peaks in January or February and can last well into May, and a flu shot protects you as long as flu viruses are circulating, the FDA said. Children and seniors tend to be most susceptible to flu. But sometimes a flu virus will affect more young and middle-aged adults. That appears to be the case this flu season, the agency said. An unusually high number of severe respiratory illness in young and middle-aged Americans were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November and December, the FDA said in a news release. Many of those cases were caused by the H1N1 "swine flu" strain that affected more children and young adults than older adults during the 2009 pandemic. Protection against the 2009 H1N1 virus, which has ... Read more

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Adults With Diabetes Need a Flu Shot: Experts

Posted 24 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 – Adults with diabetes are vulnerable to flu and its complications, experts say. Now a large new study finds they're also at higher risk of being hospitalized for flu. The study, which focused on people aged 18 to 64, provides support for guidelines advising people with diabetes to get a flu shot, the Canadian researchers said. "Working-age adults with diabetes appear to have an increased risk of being hospitalized associated with influenza compared to similar-aged adults without diabetes," said lead researcher Jeffrey Johnson. "This increased risk is small (6 percent), but nonetheless is justification for targeting adults with diabetes to get vaccinated," said Johnson, director of the Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes at the University of Alberta. The American Diabetes Association, the Canadian Diabetes Association and government agencies ... Read more

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Temporary Fever May Occur When Kids Under 2 Get 2 Shots at Once

Posted 7 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 – Young children who receive flu and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time are at increased risk for temporary fever, a new study reports. While parents should be told about this risk, the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks of fever, the researchers said. The study included 530 children, aged 6 months to 23 months, who were followed for a week after receiving flu and pneumococcal vaccines either separately or at the same time. The annual flu shot is recommended for healthy people over 6 months of age, and the pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for children younger than 5 years old, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 38 percent of the children who received the vaccines at the same time had a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher on the day of or the day after vaccination, compared with 9.5 percent of those who ... Read more

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Testosterone May Undermine Flu Shot's Effectiveness for Men

Posted 23 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 – The flu vaccine is less effective for men than women, and researchers at Stanford University believe they've figured out why. The male hormone testosterone causes genes in the immune system to produce fewer antibodies, or defense mechanisms, in response to the vaccine, they found. "Men, typically, do worse than women in immune response to infection and vaccination," said Stanford research associate David Furman, the lead study investigator. For instance, men are more susceptible to bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infection than women. And men's immune systems don't respond as robustly as women's to vaccinations against flu, yellow fever, measles, hepatitis and many other diseases, Furman said. For the study, published online Dec. 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers analyzed the blood of nearly 90 adults after they ... Read more

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Too Few Americans With Asthma Are Getting Flu Shots, CDC Says

Posted 5 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 – People with asthma face special risks from influenza, and a new report suggests far too few American asthma patients receive the seasonal flu shot. "Asthmatics are at increased risk for complications from the flu," said one expert, Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Exacerbations [flare-ups] of asthma are common with any viral infection, but the exacerbation from the flu is particularly severe." The new study, led by Matthew Lozier of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at flu shot uptake during the 2010-2011 flu season. The investigators found that only half of Americans with asthma got a flu shot – a figure that was at least an improvement on the rate of 36 percent observed in the 2005-2006 flu season. However, despite this increase, flu vaccination rates for people with asthma remain ... Read more

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Gelatin Allergy May Mean Extra Care Is Needed With Flu Shot

Posted 8 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 8 – If you're allergic to gummy bears or marshmallows, you may need to be careful when getting a flu shot. Those sweet treats contain gelatin and can trigger a reaction in people with gelatin allergy. Flu shots also contain gelatin and can cause a mild to severe reaction in people with a gelatin allergy, one expert said. "Gelatin is used in the flu shot, as well as other vaccines, as a stabilizer. Because it is found in the vaccine, those with a known allergy to gelatin can experience allergic reactions, such as hives, sneezing and difficulty breathing," allergist Dr. Stephanie Albin said in an American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) news release. "Because of this, precautions should be taken, such as having a board-certified allergist administer the vaccine in a person with known gelatin allergy in case a reaction occurs," Albin added. The problem was ... Read more

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Your Flu Shot May Also Help Your Heart

Posted 22 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 22 – If avoiding an achy, feverish week or so laid up with the flu doesn't motivate you to get a flu shot, a new study linking flu shots to a lower incidence of heart disease might persuade you to roll up your sleeve. People in the study who got flu shots were one-third less likely to have heart issues, such as heart failure or a heart attack, compared to those who opted against vaccination. The flu shot was associated with an even greater reduction of heart problems if someone had heart disease to start with, according to the study. "This is one further piece of evidence to convince patients to go out and get their flu shot," said the study's lead author, Dr. Jacob Udell, a cardiology and clinician scientist, at Women's College Hospital at the University of Toronto. Results of the study are published in the Oct. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical ... Read more

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Egg Allergy No Obstacle to Child's Flu Shot, CDC Says

Posted 5 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 4 – The latest research shows that it's safe for children with an egg allergy to get flu shots without special precautions, according to an update on the issue. The current recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is to observe children who have an egg allergy for 30 minutes after a flu shot. It also advises that the shot should be given under the care of a primary care doctor if a child's reaction to eggs is only hives, and under the supervision of an allergist if a child's reaction to eggs is more serious. However, the new update – published in the October issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – states that such special precautions are not necessary. "In a large number of research studies published over the last several years, thousands of egg allergic children, ... Read more

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CDC Reports More Americans Getting Flu Shots

Posted 26 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 26 – Although more Americans than ever are getting their annual flu shots, U.S. health officials said Thursday that the rates could be better and urged virtually all Americans to get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "Our message today is simple. Everyone 6 months of age and older should receive a flu vaccination," Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said during a morning news conference. Those who remain unvaccinated are at higher risk of hospitalization and death from flu and its complications, the experts noted. A flu shot is especially important for people with medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes, Koh said. In addition, vaccinating pregnant women and health care professionals is vital. Every year, an estimated 5 percent to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu, ... Read more

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

Posted 25 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 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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