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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 ...

Could Your Cat Give You 'Bird Flu?'

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – U.S. scientists are reporting a case of a veterinarian who apparently caught "bird flu" from an infected cat at a New York City animal shelter. The case occurred in December 2016. The unnamed veterinarian got through the battle with the H7N2 strain of influenza, but the cat died, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the ...

Will This Year's Flu Shot Be as Weak as Last Season's?

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Lots of people came down with influenza last year despite getting a flu shot – and researchers can't promise this season's vaccine will be any more effective. Last year's shot was only 20 percent to 30 percent effective because it was grown in eggs, according to the authors of a new report. The egg process is not unusual. But a mutation in the predominant flu virus, ...

With Severe Flu Season Lurking, Shots a Must

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Early signs suggest that the United States will see a severe flu season, so it's especially important for Americans to get their shots, health experts say. Australia had its worst flu season on record, and what happens in the southern hemisphere typically predicts what happens in the northern hemisphere, said Kevin Harrod. He is a professor in the University of Alabama at ...

Could Swine Flu Be Linked to Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Young people who've been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus may be at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from all the 2.28 million people aged 30 and younger in Norway between June 2009 (when pandemic H1N1 flu struck the country) and June 2014. People who reported flu symptoms during the pandemic were 18 percent ...

Nasal Flu Vaccine's Demise May Mean Fewer Immunized Kids

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Seasonal flu immunization rates among children appear to have dropped slightly after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against the nasal spray version of the vaccine, researchers report. But it's not just shot-avoidance that prevents people from getting the recommended vaccine. Researchers found that up to half of all Americans are fickle ...

Experimental Drug Shows Promise Against Dangerous Viruses

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – An experimental antiviral drug is effective against a number of coronaviruses, including some that can cause deadly epidemics, researchers say. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that infect birds and mammals, including humans. These viruses include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which has a 10 percent death rate, and Middle East respiratory syndrome ...

Bats Harbor Viruses That Could Cause Outbreaks in Humans

Posted 12 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – Bats carry a large diversity of viruses that could potentially cause pandemic outbreaks of serious respiratory diseases in humans, researchers say. Their five-year study covered 20 countries on three continents. The researchers found that bats carry a large number of coronaviruses. This family of viruses causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS) and ...

Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu?

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns. The finding is based on the results of two flu-preparedness telephone surveys conducted in 2008 and 2016, both before and after the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic. During both surveys, only 7 percent of child care center ...

Flu Vaccine a Pretty Good Match for Viruses This Year: CDC

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – It's not perfect, but this year's flu vaccine is a fairly good match for the circulating viruses, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Overall, the vaccine is 48 percent effective. For the predominant circulating influenza A type H3N2 flu strain, its effectiveness comes in at 43 percent. But it's 73 percent effective against influenza B viruses, according to the ...

Flu Hospitalizations, Deaths Increasing: CDC

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – Although this year's flu season appears to be an average one so far, more hospitalizations are being reported and deaths are increasing, federal health officials reported Friday. And it will be several weeks before the season peaks, said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We are starting to see cases of severe ...

Flu Cases Starting to Spread: CDC

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – Flu activity continues to rise across the United States and there's been a slight uptick in the number of deaths in the last week, federal health officials reported Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's still not too late to get a flu shot. That's particularly important for the most vulnerable – the very young, the elderly, the chronically ...

Bird Flu Strain May Have Jumped From Cat to Human

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – A veterinarian appears to have been infected with a strain of avian flu known as H7N2 that spread among more than 100 cats housed at New York City animal shelters. If confirmed, this would be the first known transmission of this bird flu strain from cat to human, officials said. New York City health officials said the vet has recovered from a mild illness, and there's no ...

There's Still Time for Your Flu Shot

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – Flu needn't spoil the start of the new year, say U.S. health officials who urge children and adults to get vaccinated. "Most of the flu season is still ahead of us, so it's not too late to get vaccinated," said Dr. Joseph Bresee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, get the shot soon because it can take several weeks to produce enough antibodies to ...

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