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Flu Shots Are Worth It

Posted 28 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 – The flu can be a serious threat to your health, but you can protect yourself by getting a flu shot, health experts say. "The flu shot can reduce the risk of hospitalization and severe disease due to the influenza virus in addition to reducing the incidence or severity," said Kevin Harrod. He's a professor in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The flu vaccine is especially beneficial to children, the elderly, people with underlying chronic disease, such as heart disease, and women during and after pregnancy, he added. About 970,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the flu in 2014, and more than 40 million were affected by flu-related illnesses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During recent flu seasons, up to 90 percent of flu-related deaths have occurred in ... Read more

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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 give you maximum protection, the agency notes. "We often see spikes in flu during and right after the holidays as people congregate and travel in planes that bring people close together," said Bresee, who is chief of epidemiology and prevention in the CDC's influenza division. Flu activity will increase in most parts of the country over the next several weeks, before peaking in the next few months, he said. The hardest-hit areas so far are New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the Southeast and the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Your Child Vaccinated

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Vaccinations are a necessary part of keeping your child healthy, but the pain and fear may be difficult to endure. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Talk to the pediatrician about ways to manage your child's pain. Distract a young child during the shot by singing a song, blowing bubbles or playing a game. Act the doctor about using a numbing spray or cream. Breast-feed or offer a pacifier to babies during vaccination. Stay calm and reassure your child that everything is OK. Read more

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Flu Season's Starting to Rear Its Head

Posted 18 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 – Flu season is starting to take hold across the country, and U.S. health officials are urging everyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot yet to get one now. "Flu activity is still pretty low, but it's starting to increase," Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday. Although flu is scattered throughout the United States, the hardest hit places so far are New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the Southeast and the Northwest, Brammer said. Most of the virus out there is influenza H3N2, she added. That strain is part of this year's flu vaccine, according to the CDC. "And this week for the first time, we have data on initial hospitalizations," Brammer said. "The range of hospitalization is still low, however. As you would suspect with a H3N2 season, the highest rate right now is in the elderly." The overall rate ... Read more

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Health Tip: Who Needs a Flu Shot?

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Debating whether to get a flu shot? With few exceptions, most people will benefit and a few in particular really need the vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these people are at greatest risk of flu and should get the shot: Children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, and seniors aged 50 and older. People with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease or kidney disease. Also, anyone with a suppressed immune system. Pregnant women. Children on aspirin therapy. Anyone living in a nursing home or long-term care facility. People who work in a health-care setting. People who live with young children or older adults. People who are obese. People of Alaskan or American Indian descent. Read more

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Just 40 Percent of Americans Vaccinated for Flu This Season

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Only about two out of five Americans had gotten this season's flu shot as of early November, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. About 37 percent of children between 6 months and 17 years old have gotten the flu vaccine this year. And approximately 41 percent of adults aged 18 and older have received the shot. The overall rate is similar to the vaccination rate at the same time last year, the CDC noted. "We are glad to see that people are making the decision to protect themselves and their families from flu, but coverage is still low and we urge people to get vaccinated if they haven't yet," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "We have a tool that is proven to prevent flu illness and hospitalization, but millions of people are not taking advantage of it. Too many ... Read more

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GSK Receives FDA Approval for Expanded Indication for FluLaval Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for Infants 6 Months and Older

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

18 November 2016 – GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK] announced today it has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research expanding the indication for FluLaval Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) to include use in children 6 months and older. Prior to this, the vaccine was only approved for active immunization against influenza A subtype viruses and type B viruses, in persons 3 years of age and older. “The flu is a serious disease with a significant impact on public health and can lead to thousands of deaths in the US every flu season,” said Patrick Desbiens, Senior Vice President, US Vaccines. “Children are particularly at risk from complications associated with flu, and vaccination is the best way parents can help protect them against this serious illness. This expanded indication builds upon GSK’s commitment to influenza vaccines and ... 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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Many Parents Think a Flu Shot Is Unnecessary

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – Many American parents who don't get their children flu shots say they don't see the need, according to a new study. "The first and most common reason could encompass a belief that risk for contracting influenza is low in their family as well as that the vaccine offers little protection," said study lead author Dr. Scott Field of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. It's possible that people who haven't had the flu themselves underestimate its potential severity, he suggested. For the study, during the 2012-2013 flu season, researchers questioned 131 parents of children ages 9 months to 18 years old. They asked about the children's history of flu and flu vaccination, reasons for not having their children vaccinated, and if they planned to have their children vaccinated for the next flu season. The three most common reasons parents gave for not getting ... Read more

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Certain Parents More Likely to Skip Kids' Flu Shot

Posted 3 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – Children who see "alternative" health providers, such as acupuncturists or massage therapists, are less likely than other kids to get their annual flu shot, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 9,000 U.S. kids, those who'd received certain alternative therapies were one-quarter to 39 percent less likely to have gotten a flu shot in the past year. The findings do not prove a cause-and-effect connection, however. No one knows whether any alternative medicine providers advised parents against having their kids vaccinated, said Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious disease expert who was not involved in the study. But, he added, some alternative-therapy practitioners do tend to "reject certain aspects of evidence-based medicine." So it's possible they sometimes influence parents' decisions on flu vaccination, said Poland, a spokesperson for the ... Read more

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Flagging Flu-Shot Rate Worries CDC

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – The flu-vaccination rate sagged in the United States last season, causing concern among public health officials that more Americans might wave off a flu shot this year. Influenza vaccination coverage declined 1.5 percent across the entire U.S. population during the 2015-2016 flu season, with only 46 percent of Americans receiving the annual vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. "Flu is serious. Flu is unpredictable. Flu often gets not enough respect," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden warned at a morning news conference. "If we could increase vaccination coverage in this country by just 5 percent, that would prevent about 800,000 illnesses and nearly 10,000 hospitalizations." Leading by example, Frieden received his own flu vaccination during the media briefing, which was hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious ... Read more

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How to Protect Yourself From the Seasonal Flu

Posted 23 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – Don't let this year's flu season catch you by surprise. Experts say an annual flu shot is the best way to avoid the aches, fever, congestion and fatigue that flu brings – and to protect those who are at high risk for flu-related complications. "Every year, people die from influenza," said Cindy Weston, an assistant professor of nursing at Texas A&M University. "After sizable outbreaks, people will respond with large amounts of vaccinations, but they should be getting vaccinated every year to protect those most vulnerable, mainly children and the elderly." Now that it's fall, it's time for your shot. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for everyone older than 6 months of age. This includes pregnant women. Babies less than 8 months old may need to get the vaccine in two doses. And people over age 65 should get the ... Read more

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Pediatricians' Group Advises Against Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – The nasal spray flu vaccine is ineffective and should not be used in the upcoming flu season, says a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. All children aged 6 months and older should receive a seasonal flu shot during the 2016-17 flu season, according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The statement supports the recommendation by U.S. health officials not to use the nasal spray flu vaccine this coming season. "New research shows that the flu shot provided significantly better protection in recent flu seasons compared with the nasal spray vaccine," statement co-author Dr. Henry Bernstein said in an AAP news release. The nasal spray vaccine's effectiveness among children aged 2 to 17 was just 3 percent in 2015-16, compared with 63 percent for the injected vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

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Seqirus Receives FDA Approval for Afluria Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for People 18 Years of Age and Older

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Seqirus announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Afluria Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for use in persons 18 years of age and older. Afluria Quadrivalent is an inactivated influenza vaccine indicated for active immunization against influenza disease caused by influenza A subtype viruses and type B viruses contained in the vaccine. Both Afluria Quadrivalent and Afluria (Influenza Vaccine), are available in the US for the 2016-2017 influenza season.1 Afluria Quadrivalent is the second quadrivalent influenza vaccine that Seqirus is offering this season after the FDA approved Flucelvax Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) in May. Afluria Quadrivalent comes in single-dose, preservative-free pre-filled syringes while Afluria, indicated for persons 5 years of age and older, is available in prefilled syringes and ... Read more

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