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More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shot, But Improvement Needed

Posted 1 day 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – Getting a flu shot during pregnancy can protect both a mom-to-be and her baby. And while the percentage of pregnant American women who got the vaccine has doubled in recent years, too many still go without the shot, researchers say. "Although the trend is encouraging, coverage still falls far short of the 2016 [U.S.] recommendation that all pregnant women who are or might become pregnant during flu season be vaccinated," according to a team led by Stephen Kerr, an epidemiologist at Boston University. Kerr's team has tracked data on vaccinations received during pregnancy for more than 5,300 U.S. women since 2005. The investigators found that in the flu seasons before the 2009-2010 H1N1 flu pandemic, only one in every five pregnant women in the study got an influenza vaccine. However, that number jumped to 33 percent of the women during the 2009-2010 flu ... Read more

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Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Posted 19 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – With flu season right around the corner, U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get their flu shot now so they'll be protected from the potentially serious complications of influenza. "The fact that flu activity hasn't picked up dramatically yet means there is plenty of time for people to get vaccinated if they haven't already," said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year's flu season is starting out much like last year, Brammer said. Currently, influenza H3N2 is the predominant strain, she said, although H1N1 is also circulating. Last year, the H3N2 virus started out as the dominant strain, only to be displaced by H1N1 as flu season hit full swing. "It ended up being an H1N1 season," she said. "It's similar to a lot of years right now," Brammer added. "Things should start to pick up in the ... Read more

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Why You Need a Flu Shot Now

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Flu season is just about here, and now's the time to protect yourself with a flu shot, doctors say. "Every year about 40 million people in the United States get the flu. About 19 million people will have to see a doctor," said Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., an infectious disease specialist and president of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. "Many millions of people will miss work, and a lot of students miss classes," Stanley said in a university news release. The best protection is a flu shot, Stanly said. Others agree. "Vaccination is one of the best ways to add protection against many diseases, including influenza," said Dr. Susan Donelan, medical director of health-care epidemiology at Stony Brook University Hospital. "Even if you do get the flu, if you have been vaccinated, it may make the actual disease milder and better tolerated," she explained. Getting ... Read more

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FDA Approves Flublok Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MERIDEN, Conn., Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Protein Sciences Corporation announced today that the FDA has approved its quadrivalent formulation of Flublok influenza vaccine. Flublok Quadrivalent protects against 4 strains of influenza, 3 of the same strains found in trivalent Flublok plus an additional B strain. Significantly, Flublok Quadrivalent is the first and only high antigen content quadrivalent flu vaccine approved by FDA. It contains 3x more active ingredient than all other quadrivalent vaccines, making it a great choice for seniors and those with compromised immune systems, among others. In a clinical study of 9,000 adults 50 years of age and older, people who received Flublok Quadrivalent were over 40% less likely to get cell-culture confirmed influenza than those that received a leading egg-produced quadrivalent flu vaccine. These results are relevant for trivalent ... Read more

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