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FDA Approves First Adjuvanted Vaccine for Prevention of H5N1 Avian Influenza

Posted 22 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

November 22, 2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first adjuvanted vaccine for the prevention of H5N1 influenza, commonly known as avian or bird flu. The vaccine, Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Monovalent Vaccine, Adjuvanted, is for use in people 18 years of age and older who are at increased risk of exposure to the H5N1 influenza virus. Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by certain influenza A viruses. Most avian influenza A viruses do not infect people. However some viruses, such as H5N1, have caused serious illness and death in people outside of the U.S., mostly among people who have been in close contact with infected and ill poultry. When people do become infected with H5N1, about 60 percent die, according to the World Health Organization. H5N1 is an influenza virus with pandemic potential because it continues to infect wild birds ... Read more

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Certain Beliefs Motivate Health Care Workers to Get Flu Shots

Posted 8 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8 – The belief that a seasonal flu shot is effective is far more likely to convince health care workers to get vaccinated than reminding them it will help safeguard patients, a new study suggests. In many developed countries, it's difficult to persuade frontline health care workers to get seasonal flu vaccinations in order to protect patients from the flu, the researchers noted. To examine the issue more closely, the investigators reviewed 13 studies that included a total of nearly 85,000 health care workers in North America, Europe and Australia. Overall, doctors were more willing than nurses to get a flu vaccination, according to the study published March 7 in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The researchers identified a number of factors that had the strongest influence on health care workers' decision to get vaccinated. All of these factors were ... Read more

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Flu Prevention Critical for Those With Neurologic Conditions, CDC Says

Posted 5 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5 – Children and young adults with neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions are at high risk for complications from the flu and should receive flu vaccinations, say health officials who investigated a flu outbreak in Ohio in February 2011. Of the 130 people living at a residential facility for children and young adults with neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, 76 (58 percent) developed respiratory illness. Thirteen became severely ill and seven died. All 13 residents who became severely ill had multiple neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, which may have hindered early diagnosis and treatment of the flu and contributed to the severity of their illness, said the research team from the Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The investigators said doctors need to watch for signs of flu among ... Read more

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Flu Shots for Pregnant Women Also Protect Newborns, Study Finds

Posted 30 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 29 – Giving flu shots to pregnant women also protects their newborns, researchers say. Flu vaccination is recommended for anyone older than 6 months of age. But it is not approved for children younger than 6 months, who have the highest rates of flu hospitalization among all children. In this study, U.S. researchers analyzed data from about 1,500 babies who were hospitalized for fever and/or respiratory symptoms in their first six months of life and underwent laboratory testing for influenza infection. The results showed that infants born to mothers who received flu vaccination while pregnant were 45 to 48 percent less likely to be hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza. The study appears in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. "It is recommended that all pregnant women receive the influenza vaccine during pregnancy because it is ... Read more

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Black Americans With Lupus Have Better Response to Flu Vaccine

Posted 19 May 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19 – Black Americans with lupus have a higher antibody response to flu vaccination than whites with lupus, a new study says. This may be good news for black Americans with the disease, since patients who had a weak response to the flu vaccine were more likely to experience moderate to severe disease flares following vaccination, compared to patients who had a greater response. As many as 322,000 adults in the United States have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system produces antibodies that attack the body's own tissues and organs. Immunosuppressive therapy and immune system problems make lupus patients more susceptible to infection, according to the researchers. Because of this increased risk, vaccination against common infectious diseases such as the flu are recommended for lupus patients. In this study, U.S. researchers ... Read more

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Parent's Fears Deprive Some Asthmatics of Flu Shot: Study

Posted 18 May 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17 – Concern about vaccine safety is one of the main reasons why some parents in the United States are reluctant to have their asthmatic children vaccinated against the flu, researchers report. The new study also found that parents who don't vaccinate their asthmatic children are less likely to consider flu to be a trigger for their child's asthma. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children, but especially for those with asthma because flu can trigger asthma flare-ups. The study included 237 parents who had at least one child with asthma and took part in a national survey conducted in the summer of 2010. Seventy percent of the parents said they had their child vaccinated against seasonal or H1N1 influenza during the 2009-2010 flu season, and 65 percent said they planned to have their child vaccinated in the 2010-2011 flu season. Parents who didn't vaccinate their ... Read more

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Mom's Flu Shot May Protect Baby After Birth

Posted 5 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 5 – When expectant mothers get a flu vaccination, they not only protect themselves throughout their pregnancy but may also help safeguard their babies against flu for the first few months of life. A study published online Oct. 4 in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that when women were vaccinated in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, their babies were significantly less likely to get the flu, and the babies' blood showed evidence of antibodies to the flu. "Influenza infection among young infants can be a serious illness," said the study's senior author, Dr. Katherine O'Brien, a pediatrician and professor in the department of international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "There are several ways of protecting young infants against influenza. One is to assure that those in contact with young infants are ... Read more

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Men, Women May Respond Differently to Vaccines

Posted 17 May 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 17 – Gender can trigger different immune responses and different side effects to particular vaccines, a new analysis suggests. The finding, reported in the May issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, stems from a review of prior research concerning vaccines that target a range of diseases including yellow fever, influenza, measles, mumps and rubella, hepatitis and herpes simplex. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy were also tracked during the review for their possible effect on vaccines. "Sex can affect the frequency and severity of adverse effects of vaccination, including fever, pain and inflammation," lead author Sabra Klein, an assistant professor in the department of molecular microbiology and immunology at John Hopkins in Baltimore, said in a news release. "This is likely due to the fact that women typically mount stronger immune responses to vaccinations ... Read more

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