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This Year's Flu Vaccine Should Be Better Match: CDC

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – This year's flu vaccine should be a better match than last year's for circulating flu strains, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that in most years, the vaccine is 50 to 60 percent effective, meaning that your odds of getting the flu are reduced by as much as 60 percent if you get a flu shot. Even though this year's vaccine appears to be better matched, "still millions of Americans will get the flu, hundreds of thousands will be hospitalized and thousands will die," Frieden said at a morning media briefing. Last year's flu season was particularly severe because the predominant strain was an influenza A called H3N2, which was not included in the vaccine. The vaccine for the 2015-16 season contains the H3N2 strain, Frieden said. Last year's vaccine was only 13 percent ... Read more

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Flu Shot a Must for Moms-to-Be

Posted 14 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 – Catching the flu early in pregnancy doubles the risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect, which is why getting a flu shot is so important for women who are expecting, the March of Dimes warns. But despite the protection offered by flu vaccination, only half of all pregnant women in the United States get a flu shot every year. "The annual flu shot should be a priority in prenatal care," Dr. Edward McCabe, chief medical officer at the March of Dimes, said in a news release from the organization. "Health care providers should offer all their pregnant patients a flu shot each year and if they don't offer it, then women should ask for it." Now is the time for pregnant women to make an appointment for a flu shot to ensure they get vaccinated early in the flu season, McCabe said. Pregnant women should receive the flu shot and not the nasal spray vaccine, ... Read more

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Other People's Flu Vaccines Help Shield Seniors, Too: Study

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – Getting a flu vaccine doesn't just protect you – it may also help older folks in your community avoid the miserable illness, new research says. Higher flu vaccination rates for young and middle-aged adults seem to lower the risk of flu among older people. That's important because seniors have a greater risk for serious flu-related complications, the researchers said. "Our findings suggest that flu vaccination should be encouraged among low-risk adults not just for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of higher-risk adults in their community, such as the elderly," study author Glen Taksler, a Cleveland Clinic researcher, said in a news release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. "In round numbers, we estimated that about one in 20 cases of influenza-related illness in the elderly could have been prevented if more non-elderly adults had ... Read more

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Flu Vaccines Offer About 6 Months of Protection, Study Finds

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – Flu vaccines offer moderate protection throughout most of the flu season, a new study shows. The research included more than 1,700 Americans of all ages. The participants all got flu shots. The researchers followed them for four flu seasons, from 2010-2011 through 2013-2014. Annual flu shots offered up to six months of protection, the study found. "Previous studies have found that protection from contracting influenza declines over time following influenza vaccination due to decreasing antibody levels," Dr. Jennifer Radin, of the U.S. Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, said in an American Society for Microbiology news release. "However, we found during this study that those who received the vaccine had moderate, sustained protection up to six months post-vaccination, the duration of most influenza seasons. This means flu vaccination reduced one's risk ... Read more

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Flu Vaccine Protects Nursing Home Residents, Study Finds

Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – Seasonal flu shots save lives and prevent hospitalizations among nursing home residents, a new study shows. There has been debate about the effectiveness of flu vaccination in this group of patients, but the findings show that they are beneficial, according to researchers at Brown University in Providence, R.I. "This study evidences protection for an elderly population for whom vaccine efficacy has been questioned. Annual vaccination is the only way to maximize the benefit of vaccine, no matter what the age," study co-author Dr. Stefan Gravenstein, an adjunct professor of medicine and health services, policy and practice, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed data gathered from more than 1 million U.S. nursing home residents between 2000 and 2009, and found that the better matched the seasonal vaccine was for that year's flu strain, the ... Read more

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Start of School Year Calls for Vaccine Check

Posted 21 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 – With the start of a new school year, many parents are searching for vaccination records and hoping they're current, but what does "up-to-date" look like these days? That depends on whether it's what the school requires or what pediatric experts recommend. "Not all vaccines that we recommend on the schedule are required by schools," said Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital. "But schools help us keep up-to-date and have an annual assessment" of vaccine status. Swanson explained that during childhood, three key school transitions coincide with vaccine schedules. The first, she said, is when a child enters kindergarten. Then, "typically, at sixth grade, we refresh again. And there are updates that we provide kids at the end of high school as get they ready to go to college," she added. Each of these turning points usually means exposure ... Read more

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Virus Mutation Explains Poor Performance of Last Season's Flu Shot: Study

Posted 25 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 – The 2014-15 flu vaccine was less effective than expected due to a new mutation in the flu virus, a new study shows. The mutation in the H3N2 virus led to a mismatch between it and the H3N2 strain used to create the vaccine, the researchers explained. This meant that the vaccine did not fully prime the immune system to recognize and attack the version of the virus that circulated during the last flu season. The findings were published June 25 in the journal Cell Reports. Last season's flu vaccine was less than 20 percent effective, compared with up to 60 percent effectiveness of other seasonal flu vaccines used in the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was known that the 2014-15 vaccine was mismatched with most H3N2 strains circulating during the flu season, but this study is the first to pinpoint the mutation ... Read more

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Doctors Worry About Return of Vaccine-Preventable Ills in Kids

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – Although most U.S. children are getting their routine vaccinations, recent trends have experts concerned that Americans will lose some of the "herd immunity" that has long protected many from serious infections. The vast majority of U.S. kids are up-to-date with routine jabs against once-common infections like polio, measles, mumps, whooping cough and chickenpox. But that "coverage" varies from state to state, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2013, there were 17 states where less than 90 percent of 1.5- to 3-year-olds had gotten their first dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, the CDC found. And nationally, recent years have seen a small dip in the percentage of young children who are up-to-date with some other vaccines, according to Dr. Mark Sawyer, an infectious disease specialist at Rady ... Read more

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CDC Tweaking Flu Vaccine for Better Protection

Posted 5 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 – Having acknowledged that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine was mismatched to the circulating influenza strains, U.S. health officials have ramped up next season's shots for broader protection. Flu-vaccine makeup is determined months in advance so that manufacturers have time to make the millions of doses needed. Components of the coming "2015-16 season vaccine have been changed to more optimally match circulating viruses," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its June 5 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. There also is a version of the flu vaccine called quadrivalent flu vaccine, designed to protect against four flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Last year, no one saw until summer that the H3N2 strain would predominate, said CDC epidemiologist Lynnette Brammer. Work on the vaccine had begun in February, she said. ... Read more

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Infectious-Disease Expert Debunks Common Vaccine Myths

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – A small minority of people still distrust the safety of routine childhood vaccinations, but one expert says the myths that swirl around vaccines are easily dismissed. "Both parents and doctors have the same goal, to keep a child healthy, and the best way to keep a child safe is through vaccination," said Dr. Nadia Qureshi, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Loyola University Health System in Chicago. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines have saved more than 732,000 lives in the United States over the past two decades. But misconceptions about these simple but crucial health care interventions persist. One major myth is that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism, said Qureshi, who is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University. "This myth began in 1998 when an English surgeon ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Health Problems in Seniors

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Preventive care can help diagnose potential health problems early, protecting you as you age. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Getting regular vaccinations for flu and pneumonia. If you're a woman, getting breast cancer screening every two years, or as frequently as your doctor recommends. Regular colorectal cancer screening. Regular screening for diabetes. Regular testing of blood cholesterol. Regular screening for osteoporosis. Read more

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Too Few Kids With Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy Get Flu Shot: Study

Posted 10 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 – Children with neurological disorders such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy are at increased risk for complications from the flu, but are no more likely to receive a flu shot than other kids are, a new U.S. study shows. It's possible that many doctors don't know that some of these disorders put children at increased risk for flu-related complications, the researchers said. "Our research shows that influenza vaccination in children with [neurological disorders] is comparable to vaccination in healthy children – but both rates are suboptimal," study author Dr. Michael Smith, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Louisville, said in a university news release. "More education about the need for annual influenza vaccination is needed, both for parents and health care providers," he added. The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of more ... Read more

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC

Posted 26 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 – This year's flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, health officials reported Thursday. That's a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The situation for children was even worse. The CDC panel pegged the effectiveness of the injected vaccine for kids aged 2 to 8 to be just 15 percent. And the nasal-spray version of the vaccine may not protect young children at all, health officials said. "Studies can't confirm that the [nasal] vaccine has a benefit," said Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch at CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Why the poor performance? "These low numbers, which ... Read more

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A Doctor's Advice, a Patient's Race Influence Flu Shot Rates

Posted 24 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – A doctor's recommendation and a patient's race may play a big role in whether or not people get an annual flu shot, new research reveals. Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit surveyed about 475 patients and found that 90 percent of them followed through on a doctor's advice to receive the flu vaccine. But just 58 percent of those whose doctor didn't recommend vaccination got a flu shot. The researchers also found that 93 percent of white people and 84 percent of Asians got vaccinated, compared to 62 percent of black people. They suggested lower vaccination rates among black people could reflect less trust in the benefits of the flu shot. The survey was completed by adults treated at one of six Henry Ford clinics between April and August 2013. The volunteers were also asked if they had received a flu vaccination the previous year and how they felt ... Read more

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Just Half of Nursing Home Staff Getting Flu Vaccine

Posted 4 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 – Only about one in two U.S. nursing home workers gets an annual flu shot, a new study says. "Low staff vaccination rates put vulnerable populations at risk of contracting influenza," wrote the authors of the study in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. As many as 7,300 nursing home residents die of the flu each year, according to the researchers. Researchers from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and Florida Health Care Association surveyed nearly 2,000 employees at 37 nursing homes in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin and found that only 54 percent of them had received a flu vaccination during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 flu seasons. Previous research found that 72 percent of nursing home residents get a flu shot. Nursing home residents are susceptible to the flu, and high vaccination rates among staff can provide them with ... Read more

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