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Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery

Posted 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – The flu virus – even if it doesn't cause symptoms – can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a potentially deadly infection in which fluid fills the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe, appears more common among heart surgery patients during flu season, the ...

Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

Posted 2 days 1 hour ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – There's some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season – a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns. Researchers reviewed records on more than 400,000 infants born between 2004 and 2014, and found no increased risk of infant hospitalization or death following maternal inoculation during ...

Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday. As of Feb. 10, a total of 43 states continued to experience widespread flu activity, down from 48 the week before, according to the latest surveillance report from the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

CDC Says Flu Vaccine Just 25 Percent Effective Against Leading Strain

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame. According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2 influenza, which is causing most flu cases this year. Among children 6 ...

Shining a Deadly New Light on Airborne Flu Virus

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – As a particularly nasty flu season rages across the United States, scientists have found a powerful new disinfectant that makes "light" work of the virus. Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light – called far-UVC – easily kills airborne flu viruses while posing no risk to people. It could offer a new, inexpensive way to eliminate airborne flu viruses in ...

A Bad Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – This year's dangerous flu season shows no sign of waning, and "may be on track to break some recent records." That was the sobering assessment offered Friday by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. Flu activity across the country has reached new highs compared to other recent severe flu seasons, Schuchat said. For example: ...

It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic - Could It Happen Again?

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The "Spanish" flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world's population and killed between 50 million and 100 million people, modern epidemiologists estimate. That raises the inevitable question as the United States battles its way through another ...

Weak Vaccine Making Flu Season Even Tougher, CDC Says

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – This flu season continues to be one of the nastiest in years. And it isn't helping that the flu vaccine may be less than 20 percent effective against the season's dominant strain, according to a new Canadian report. In the meantime, thousands of Americans are clogging hospital ERs or suffering at home, with new statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Just How Bad Is This Flu Season? Experts Weigh In

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – The United States is in the grip of a tough flu season, no doubt. It might seem as if every other person you know has fallen prey to influenza. Actually, though, health experts say this flu season is pretty much on par with other severe seasons. Here's what else they have to say: How bad is the current flu season? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls ...

Health Tip: Traveling During Flu Season

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

--If you plan to travel during flu season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Get the flu vaccine. It's still not too late. Don't travel if you feel sick. Avoid close contact with sick people. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If they are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and ...

America's Dogs Have Their Own Flu Battles

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – While a brutal flu season is felling humans by the score, veterinarians warn that there have also been outbreaks of canine flu in some parts of the United States. Which dog owners need to worry? According to Dr. Amy Glaser, director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University's Animal Health Diagnostic Center, there have been pockets of cases reported in ...

Flu Season One of the Worst in a Decade: CDC

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – This flu season is shaping up as one of the nastiest in years, and it isn't showing any signs of easing up, U.S. health officials said Friday. Every state except Hawaii continues to experience widespread activity, with the more virulent H3N2 strain continuing to dominate, according to the latest weekly update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After ...

More Bad News on Flu: It's Tied to Higher Heart Attack Risk

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – A bad case of the flu can trigger a short-lived, but substantial, spike in some people's heart attack risk, new research suggests. Among 332 heart attack patients, the complication was six times more likely to strike following a bout of the flu, researchers reported. The findings come in the midst of a particularly brutal flu season. Across the United States, ...

Progress on 'Universal' Vaccine Against Leading Flu Strain

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – The United States is in the grip of a tough flu season, and the current influenza vaccine is only partially effective. However, scientists say they're getting closer to a "universal" flu shot for the leading strain of the illness – a vaccine that wouldn't need to be redeveloped and readministered each year. Trials in mice found that the new shot triggered lasting ...

Too Few Older, Hospitalized Patients Getting Flu Tests

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – As a nasty flu season rages throughout the United States, new research finds that one particularly vulnerable population often misses out on tests for the illness. Among hospitalized people, older patients are much less likely to be tested for flu than younger patients, the new study found. That's important, because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

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