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Virus That Mimics Flu Poses a Health Threat

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:44:05 +0100

2 days ago ... by Michael Hedges, AARP Bulletin, March 2018|Comments: 0. influenza virus. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images. Bugs known as adenoviruses can cause symptoms similar to influenza: fever, headache, body aches and breathing problems. A virus that mimics the symptoms of the flu and may be just as dangerous  ... (Source: AARP.org News)

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Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:15:16 +0100

A flu shot is recommended for every person older than 6 months in the United States, even though the CDC reported on Thursday that this year's vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2 influenza, the cause of most illness so far this season. (Source: WebMD Health)



Senate bill would jump-start universal flu vaccine efforts

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:07:50 +0100

A group of US senators last week unveiled a proposal to invest $1 billion in research over the next 5 years to create a universal flu vaccine that would provide lifetime protection against a range of influenza strains. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:07:50 +0100

Course introduces the concept of influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting and communicating severity estimates. The Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA) tool is a framework for using existing influenza surveillance data to determine a qualitative judgment on the severity of a current influenza epidemic or pandemic in comparison to past epidemics and pandemics. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Influenza, Tdap Vaccination in Pregnancy: Safe for Infants Influenza, Tdap Vaccination in Pregnancy: Safe for Infants

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:55:56 +0100

Maternal influenza and Tdap vaccinations during pregnancy do not increase the risk for hospitalization or death among infants agexd 0 to 6 months, a new study showed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Next Pandemic: Lessons from History

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:29:20 +0100

Federal Emergency Management Agency [Department of Homeland Security]. 02/20/2018 This 19-minute presentation offers lessons learned from the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. It provides guidance on what emergency managers can do to work with public health and elected officials to implement measures that can save lives and, as importantly, avoid ineffective measures that can lose community trust. It details how responding to an influenza pandemic will require coordination and communication with the whole community. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

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New VaxArray potency test kit for pandemic flu vaccines

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR has expanded its VaxArray ® product portfolio with a new reagent kit to address the 'need for speed' in combating flu viruses with pandemic potential. The VaxArray Influenza Pandemic Hemagglutinin potency test kit is now available for flu vaccines containing H5, H7, and H9 flu subtypes, which includes new H7 vaccines against the deadly avian H7N9 virus. This new potency assay enables rapid determination of immunogenic hemagglutinin in low-dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:10:13 +0100

World Health Organization. 05/30/2017 This course introduces the concept of pandemic influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting, and communicating severity estimates. It describes why assessing influenza severity is important; when and how to assess influenza severity; how to communicate severity assessment findings; and how to contribute to a global influenza severity assessment. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:58:50 +0100

(NEW YORK) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That’s no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it’s no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. “I thought I was going to die, I really did,” said Ben Bland, a 39-year-old event planner in Kansas City, Missouri, who was hospitalized this week with pneumonia on top of flu. “My lungs f...



Why it's been such a tough flu season for kids

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:09:50 +0100

More children are ending up in hospital for flu-related illnesses as two types of influenza hit Canada at once, according to a new report. This week's FluWatch report from the Public Health Agency of Canada says that overall flu activity is at its peak levels. Several flu viruses are circulating, including a type called influenza B that tends to hit children hard. (Source: CBC | Health)



22 More Kids Died From the Flu Last Week, the CDC Says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:15:42 +0100

Last week brought a dramatic uptick in pediatric flu deaths, with at least 22 more children dying from the virus between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10, according to the CDC. That makes the week the deadliest yet for children this flu season, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths up to 84. Many of those children were otherwise healthy, according to the CDC. The somber statistic fulfills predictions from CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, who said on a call with reporters last week that record-breaking hospitalization rates at the time were likely an indicator of high death rates to come. “The people who are likely to die may already be in the hospital,” Schuchat said on the call. The CDC’s latest report did show, however, that about as many people saw doctors for flu-re...

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Influenza Deaths in Children: Putting It Into Context Influenza Deaths in Children: Putting It Into Context

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:14:31 +0100

The media reports of influenza-related deaths in children are frightening. How does this year compare with prior years?CHOP Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Hospitalized older adults less often tested for flu

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:39:34 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Even though elderly people have the highest rates of hospitalization and death from influenza, a U.S. study suggests that older patients may be less likely to get tested for flu in the hospital. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Influenza A(H3N2) Viruses Predominate 2017 - 2018 Season

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Vaccine effectiveness estimated at 25 percent against A(H3N2) (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



Children ’s deaths from flu climb sharply, CDC reports

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:21:27 +0100

Flu has killed 22 more children, the most reported since the respiratory virus began slamming the country in the fall, according to a government report released Friday. The total number of flu-related child deaths is now at least 84. But other indicators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that this vicious influenza season […]Related:Here’s what you should know about the flu season this yearThis season’s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective, but experts say you should still get itNine organizations sue Trump administration for ending grants to teen pregnancy programs (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



No, the Flu Shot Will Not Make You Spread the Flu

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:41:02 +0100

(WASHINGTON) — Getting the flu shot won’t make you spread the disease more, doesn’t weaken your immune system but it does offer some protection from getting infected, despite misleading claims on social media. A post on a site called thewilddoc claimed that being vaccinated does more harm than good, citing a January peer-reviewed study. But one of the main authors of that study called the post “untrue” and “misleading,” not accurately interpreting the study. In January, Dr. Donald Milton and a team of researchers at the University of Maryland published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about how the influenza virus spreads not just in coughs, but also in the breath of 142 flu-struck people. Of those people with ...

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‘Not a Magic Potion.’ Flu Death Puts Antiviral Drugs in the Spotlight

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:56:28 +0100

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas elementary school teacher who died almost a week after getting sick from the flu became a talking point online after her husband said she didn’t immediately fill her prescription for an antiviral drug after deeming the $116 insurance co-pay too high. While her husband told the Wall Street Journal that he picked up the prescription the day after she refused it and she then started taking the medication, Heather Holland, 38, died three days later on Feb. 4. Doctors told The Associated Press that while it’s ideal to start taking antiviral medication as quickly as possible, it’s no guarantee that one’s condition will not drastically worsen. Antivirals make it “not zero, but less likely” that complications will develop, said Dr. W...



Influenza or Influenza-like Illness: Does It Matter? Influenza or Influenza-like Illness: Does It Matter?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +0100

Dr Andrew Pavia sheds light on the differences between ILI and flu, including the use of antivirals.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



DPH confirms flu cases top 10,000; triple last year

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:39:42 +0100

Confirmed flu cases in Massachusetts since October now stand at 10,929 — an increase of 2,777 from the previous week, and triple the number of cases year over year, according to the state Department of Public Health's Weekly Influenza Update. Last year's year-to-date total of confirmed cases at this point in the flu season was 3,329. While some regions of the state saw some decreases in influenza activity, hospital admissions for influenza related illnesses increased significantly. On Tuesday,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)



The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:11:33 +0100

A preliminary analysis finds the vaccine 25 percent effective against this year ’ s dangerous H3N2 strain, and twice as effective in children. (Source: NYT Health)



Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on the efficacy of the 2017-2018 influenza vaccine

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:20:00 +0100

FDA provides update on flu vaccines during this severe flu season (Source: Food and Drug Administration)

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Flu vaccine only 36 percent effective

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:53:27 +0100

The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against influenza (Source: ABC News: Health)



World's first human case of H7N4 avian flu reported in China

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:21:06 +0100

The first human case of the H7N4 strain of avian influenza has been reported in China, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection announced Wednesday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Update: Influenza Activity — United States, October 1, 2017–February 3, 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



Interim Estimates of 2017 –18 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — United States, February 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



This Year ’s Flu Shot Only Worked a Third of the Time, CDC Says

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:55:12 +0100

Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. When broken down by strain, however, efficacy varied widely. H3N2, the dominant strain circulating this flu season, is notoriously more virulent and less receptive to vaccination than other types of influenza. True to form, vaccine effectiveness against this strain was low this year — approximately 25%, according to the CDC report. (That’s actually better than experts originally feared, based on trends from Canada and Australia, where the flu vaccine was only about 10% effective.) By contrast, the report says the shot worked an estimated 67% of the time against the l...

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CDC Estimates This Year ’s Flu Vaccine Is Only 36 Percent Effective

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:55:12 +0100

Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%, according to a report released Thursday by the CDC. When broken down by strain, however, efficacy varied widely. H3N2, the dominant strain circulating this flu season, is notoriously more virulent and less receptive to vaccination than other types of influenza. True to form, vaccine effectiveness against this strain was low this year — approximately 25%, according to the CDC report. (That’s actually better than experts originally feared, based on trends from Canada and Australia, where the flu vaccine was only about 10% effective.) By contrast, the report says the shot worked an estimated 67% of the time against the l...



Interim Estimates of 2017-18 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness - United States, February 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:48:42 +0100

The overall estimated effectiveness of the 2017-18 seasonal influenza vaccine for preventing medically attended, laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infection was 36%. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Update: Influenza Activity - United States, October 1, 2017-February 3, 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:48:42 +0100

Influenza activity in the United States began to increase in early November 2017 and rose sharply from December through February 3, 2018. Influenza A viruses have been most commonly identified, with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating, but influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B viruses were also detected. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Bird flu H7N4 outbreak: Four symptoms to watch for after first ever human case confirmed

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:01:46 +0100

BIRD flu is an infectious type of influenza that spreads among birds, but in very rare cases can affect humans. A woman in China is now the first ever human recorded to have the H7N4 strain of the virus - if a worldwide outbreak begins, what are the symptoms to look out for? (Source: Daily Express - Health)



GPs remain under pressure as flu rates begin to fall

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:29:08 +0100

GP practices continue to face high rates of consultations for flu, but the number of cases is beginning to fall in most parts of the UK. (Source: GP Online News)

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World Health Organization: 142nd Session of the Executive Board

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:47:52 +0100

World Health Organization. 02/2018 This Web page provides information, materials, and videos from the 142nd session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, held on January 22-27, 2018. It provides links to the agenda, and to documentation that includes reports on Public Health Preparedness and Response; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the Sharing of Influenza Viruses and Access to Vaccines and Other Benefits. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



WATCH: What you need to know about the Flu vaccine

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:03:05 +0100

The 2018 influenza, more commonly known as the 'flu,' vaccine is about 30% effective, according to the CDC. (Source: ABC News: Health)



Are You Seeing More Flu in Your Practice? Are You Seeing More Flu in Your Practice?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:49:24 +0100

Experts say the United States is in the midst of a particularly nasty influenza season.Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



6-Year-Old Haverhill Girl Recently Diagnosed With The Flu Has Died

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:09:19 +0100

WORCESTER (CBS) – A Haverhill first grade student who died suddenly had recently tested positive for the flu. The 6-year-old girl was a student at Golden Hill Elementary School. A nurse from Haverhill Human Services said the girl had tested positive for Influenza A and was exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The nurse added that further testing is needed to determine if the flu caused the girl’s death. The girl died Tuesday at Holy Family Hospital. As a precaution, Haverhill Superintendent of Schools James Scully said school facilities will be scrubbed as a precaution. “We are all devastated by this news and have no knowledge as to any other facts relevant to this sadness,” Scully told parents. “However, in view of the issues surrounding colds and flu that seem to be hitting our sectio...



6-Year-Old Haverhill Girl Dies After Flu Diagnosis

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:09:19 +0100

WORCESTER (CBS) – A Haverhill first grade student became the first flu-related child death this year. The 6-year-old girl was a student at Golden Hill Elementary School. A nurse from Haverhill Human Services said the girl had tested positive for Influenza A and was exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The girl died Tuesday at Holy Family Hospital. As a precaution, Haverhill Superintendent of Schools James Scully said school facilities will be scrubbed as a precaution. “I hope we can all join together to keep this beautiful young lady and her family in our thoughts and prayers,” Scully told parents. It is not known if the girl had any underlying medical conditions. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health continues to suggest residents get vaccinated. “Every flu season is differen...

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A 3-Year-Old Indiana Girl Who Was Not Vaccinated Died From the Flu This Week

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:13:37 +0100

A three-year-old Indiana girl who died from the flu Monday was not vaccinated, according to local news outlets. Alivia Viellieux, passed away in her sleep at her Muncie, Indiana home after being discharged from BallMemorial Hospital last Thursday, WRTV reported. Her family says they were advised not to give their daughter the flu shot, according to local media reports. “Alivia did not have [the flu vaccine] because they had told us once the flu is going around, it’s not going to matter if you get it or not,” the toddler’s grandmother, Tameka Stettler, told WRTV. “We just decided not to put those chemicals in the girl’s body if it’s not going to help.” Delaware county coroner Scott Hahn told the Star Press that Viellieux died from the flu and ...



Considerations for the Use of Temporary Surge Sites for Managing Seasonal Patient Surge

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:27:28 +0100

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 02/12/2018 This 18-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) describes the major considerations healthcare facility emergency planners must consider when determining patient surge management solutions for longer-duration events, such as weeks to months of managing seasonal illness surge. During the severe 2017-2018 influenza season, coupled with increases in other upper respiratory infections, many hospitals have surpassed routine surge management measures and have initiated temporary surge solutions. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Germany's CureVac wins new vaccine funding from Gates Foundation

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:42:59 +0100

(Reuters) - German biotech firm CureVac has secured more financial backing for vaccine development projects from its investor the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, working on jabs to prevent malaria and influenza. (Source: Reuters: Health)



How ultraviolet light could be used to fight the flu

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:09:52 +0100

A doctor and his team are testing a device that uses UV light to kill the influenza virus in the air without damaging human tissue (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Flu-related hospitalizations approaching record, CDC says

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:13:20 +0100

More people are being hospitalized with the flu this season than any time since the CDC began keeping track. Just last week, deaths from influenza and pneumonia were responsible for about one in every 10 deaths in the U.S. Dr. Tara Narula reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Lupin launches generic influenza treatment capsules in the US

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:18:31 +0100

The capsules, in the strengths of 30 mg, 45 mg and 75 mg, are generic versions of Hoffman-La Roche Inc's Tamiflu capsules in the same strengths, the company said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)



What Growth Charts Are Best?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:30:45 +0100

Discussion “The value of growth assessment is thus its principal utility as a key screening tool in order to assess children’s general well-being, to identify faltering and excessive growth, to evaluate maternal lactation performance and infant feeding practices, and to manage her children with medical conditions known to adversely affect growth,….” Thus having assessment tools is important. Growth charts are assessment tools measuring height/length, weight, head circumference and body mass index. Some commonly used growth charts are: WHO child growth chart standards They were developed using long-term assessment of children in Brazil, Ghana, India, Norway, Oman and the United States. The children studied had to live in homes where the infants were mainly breastf...



Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:40:39 +0100

A Texas teacher is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States. (Source: ABC News: Health)



Nurse Fired After Staying Home Sick: Time to Change Policies? Nurse Fired After Staying Home Sick: Time to Change Policies?

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:12:20 +0100

Hospital policies that punish nurses for calling in sick jeopardize patient safety, says a nurse who was fired when she stayed home with influenza.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Texas mother survived her first bout of flu but not second

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:31:42 +0100

Angie Barwise, 58, was killed by influenza Type B on Saturday after fighting off influenza Type A last month. She is one of 20 deaths in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that has been hit particularly hard. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Mother, 58, survived her first bout of flu but not second

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:10:05 +0100

Angie Barwise, 58, was killed by influenza Type B on Saturday after fighting off influenza Type A last month. She is one of 20 deaths in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that has been hit particularly hard. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



This UV Lamp Could Prevent the Flu Virus From Spreading in Public Places

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:33:52 +0100

Researchers have developed an ultraviolet (UV) lamp that kills the influenza virus but isn’t harmful to human skin or eyes, according to a new study in Scientific Reports. They hope the technology can be commercialized and marketed to prevent the spread of seasonal flu in public places, such as schools, hospitals, and airports. “We’ve known for a century that UV light is extremely efficient at killing microbes, bacteria, and viruses,” says study leader David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. For that reason, UV devices are often used for sterilization — for medical equipment in hospitals, for example, or drinking water for backcountry campers. But conventional germicidal lamps aren’t ...



Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic Flu Season as Intense as 2009 Pandemic

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:02:23 +0100

Ten more children have died of influenza, the CDC said in their weekly flu update; infections are still on the rise.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



This Flu Season Is Now the Worst in Years. Here ’ s Why.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:49:14 +0100

The infection rate has surpassed that of 2009, during the swine flu epidemic. Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said. (Source: NYT Health)



She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:49:24 +0100

Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deaths (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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She survived her first bout with the flu — but not the second

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:49:24 +0100

Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with influenza, along with bronchitis and strep, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu, and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost exactly a month […]Related:This flu season has now reached pandemic levels (but it’s not technically a pandemic)A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deaths (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



10 More Kids Have Died This Flu Season — And We May Not Have Reached the Peak, CDC Says

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:46:50 +0100

The past week brought reports of 10 more pediatric deaths related to this year’s deadly flu season — and we may have yet to see the worst of it, according to CDC officials. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a call with reporters Friday. Forty-eight states, all but Oregon and Hawaii, are still reporting widespread flu activity, Schuchat said, and cases may continue to rise. “Flu is incredibly difficult to predict,” she said, “and we don’t know if we’ve hit the peak yet.” This week’s 10 reported deaths brings the flu season pediatric death total to 63, Schuchat said. Hospitalization rates and levels of inf...



Lessons From the Front Lines of the Influenza Outbreak Lessons From the Front Lines of the Influenza Outbreak

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:22:57 +0100

As the 2017-18 flu season rages on, experts discuss the best ways to help vulnerable patients.Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



She survived her first bout of the flu — but not the second

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:06:02 +0100

Angie Barwise had come down with the flu around the holidays. Just days after Christmas, the 58-year-old Texas mother and grandmother was diagnosed with Type A Influenza, along with bronchitis and strep throat, her family told Fox affiliate KDFW. Doctors gave her antibiotics and Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used to help treat the flu and, soon after, she started to bounce back. But almost […]Related:A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicine (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



NHS England vaccine ordering for 2018-19 influenza season

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:49:00 +0100

NHS England have shared letters have with... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)

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Flu kills child in Guelph, second child's death may also be from flu

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:39:28 +0100

Two children in Guelph have died in the past week. Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health confirms one of the children died from influenza, and suspects the second did as well. (Source: CBC | Health)



Jubilant Pharma gets USFDA nod for Symmetrel's generic version

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:29:32 +0100

The approved drug, generic version of Symmetrel of Endo, is indicated for the prophylaxis and treatment of signs and symptoms of infection caused by various strains of influenza A virus. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)



Variant Influenza Virus Swine Flu Symptoms

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Variant Influenza Virus (Swine Flu) Symptoms (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)



High flu rate continues to put pressure on GPs

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:31:16 +0100

GP practices are continuing to face high rates of consultations for flu, official NHS data confirm. (Source: GP Online News)



Flu update

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:47:00 +0100

We are experiencing unusual call volumes due to the ongoing influenza illnesses in our area.  Thank you for your patience in contacting us by phone. Typically, the first hour in the morning is our busiest, ie. from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for calls.. If you can call after that time, it will be easier to reach us.We are not giving ‘preventative’ Tamiflu if your child has been exposed to another child in the class or your family. We are following CDC guidelines that the preventative medicine for flu is ineffective and carries side effects.If you child has had a fever for a day, with cough, aches, vomiting, possibly diarrhea, then we do recommend that you contact us to discuss their illness.Thank you for your understanding, and we hope your family remains healthy. Depending on your insura...

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PHA opening hours delayed Friday 2/9 due to snowstorm & Flu update

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:47:00 +0100

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the anticipated snowstorm tomorrow, Friday 2/9, the Naperville and Plainfield offices will open at 9:00 am. The West Chicago and Bolingbrook offices will open at 12:30 pm.We are experiencing unusual call volumes due to the ongoing influenza illnesses in our area.  Thank you for your patience in contacting us by phone. Typically, the first hour in the morning is our busiest, ie. from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for calls.. If you can call after that time, it will be easier to reach us.We are not giving ‘preventative’ Tamiflu if your child has been exposed to another child in the class or your family. We are following CDC guidelines that the preventative medicine for flu is ineffective and carries side effects.If you child has had a fever for a day, with cough,...



Flu: When infection rates rise, so do hospital expenses

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:07:27 +0100

Rates are definitely up for both influenza and influenza-like illnesses - and area hospitals are feeling the brunt of it. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Hong Kong flu WARNING: UK urged to recognise signs as hundreds of East Asia schools CLOSE

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:40:00 +0100

FLU symptoms include headaches, sore throats and coughs. But, the UK has been warned to watch out for signs of deadly Hong Kong flu, as hundreds of East Asia schools close to prevent the spread of influenza. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



A checklist for pandemic influenza risk and impact management: building capacity for pandemic response, 2018 update

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:48:17 +0100

This checklist is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 WHO pandemic influenza preparedness framework - " Pandemic Influenza Risk Management " . (Source: PHPartners.org)



Free app tracks infectious disease incidence down to the zip code

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:19:32 +0100

With influenza running rampant and several other infections waiting in the wings, some may be interested in knowing whether a specific disease is common in their community. With the recent release of the free Doctors Report Illness Tracker, the public has another resource where they can easily check how often doctors have reported a selection of 15 diseases within a specific US zip code. (Source: mobihealthnews)

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How to Know When a Child ’ s Flu Turns Serious

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:01:18 +0100

Signs to watch for are persistent high fevers and fevers that flare up again after the child seems to be over the worst of the illness. (Source: NYT Health)



GP practices urged to order new flu vaccine for next winter

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:17:00 +0100

GP surgeries in England have been told to order a new adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) to ensure the most vulnerable get “gold standard” protection against influenza next winter. (Source: Nursing Times)



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

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:02:48 +0100

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... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Checklist for Pandemic Influenza Risk and Impact Management: Building Capacity for Pandemic Response (2018)

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 01/2018 This 59-page checklist, updated in 2018, is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) framework for Pandemic Influenza Risk Management. It updates and replaces the 2005 WHO Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning. It includes lessons learned from the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic; and updated WHO guidance on topics related to pandemic influenza and public health emergency planning. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Report of the Meeting on Sustainable Local Production of Influenza Vaccines for Pandemic Preparedness: Synergies with Other International Efforts and Improvement of the Current Tool

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 10/2017 This Web page provides documents from a meeting of stakeholders and experts held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June, 2017, to review each section of the sustainability checklist tool developed to help countries identify and address potential threats to the sustainability of their new production capacity for local influenza vaccines; identify the tool's strengths and weaknesses; and suggest improvements. The meeting also aimed to highlight synergies with other preparedness initiatives and identify opportunities for collaboration. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

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Operational Guidance on Sharing Influenza Viruses with Human Pandemic Potential (IVPP) Under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 06/30/2017 This 20-page guidance is intended to help National Influenza Centres (NICs) and H5 Reference Laboratories of the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) and other Nationally Authorized Laboratories to select and ship influenza viruses with human pandemic potential to World Health Organization Collaborating Centres of GISRS under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA): A WHO (World Health Organization) Guide to Assess the Severity of Influenza in Seasonal Epidemics and Pandemics

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 05/2017 This guidance has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used by Member States and WHO as part of the pandemic influenza risk management guidance to assess the severity of influenza in seasonal epidemics and pandemics, when sustained human-to-human transmission occurs. It is intended for use primarily by public health professionals at the national level, who perform or plan to perform national influenza severity assessments, and who can contribute to global influenza severity assessments. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Influenza Vaccine Response During the Start of a Pandemic: Report of the Second WHO (World Health Organization) Informal Consultation Held in Geneva, Switzerland; 21 July-22 July 2016

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 03/2017 This 33-page document summarizes a meeting held in July, 2016, to follow up on a 2015 meeting to address questions associated with vaccine response at the start of an influenza pandemic and the problems associated with switching from seasonal influenza vaccine production to pandemic vaccine production. This meeting was held to bridge these gaps by better understanding the complexities of the early stages of pandemic vaccine development; elaborating the principles that could guide the decision to switch; and obtaining a better understanding of the evidence or data needed to support the decision-making process. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Specific protein may reduce inflammation, improve survival during the flu

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Penn State) GM-CSF, a protein that modifies the immune response to the flu, helped reduce lung inflammation and improve survival during influenza in mice in a lab, according to Penn State researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



A 38-Year-Old Teacher Has Died From Flu Complications

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:25:06 +0100

A second-grade teacher in Weatherford, Texas, died Sunday following complications from the flu. Heather Holland, who was 38 years old, started to feel sick last Monday and went to a doctor who prescribed her Tamiflu Wednesday, her husband Frank Holland told WFAA. But Heather Holland did not buy the Tamiflu, originally believing it was too expensive, and only started taking it once her husband purchased it for her a day later, he told the network. Holland was rushed to the emergency room Friday night where she became septic, and ultimately died from septic shock, her husband told WFAA, though her official cause of death has not yet been released by the Weatherford ISD school district. The school where she taught, Bose Ikard Elementary School, made counselors available for students, parents ...

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A 38-Year-Old Weatherford Teacher Has Died From Flu Complications

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:25:06 +0100

A second-grade teacher in Weatherford, Texas, died Sunday following complications from the flu. Heather Holland, who was 38 years old, started to feel sick last Monday and went to a doctor who prescribed her Tamiflu Wednesday, her husband Frank Holland told WFAA. But Heather Holland did not buy the Tamiflu, originally believing it was too expensive, and only started taking it once her husband purchased it for her a day later, he told the network. Holland was rushed to the emergency room Friday night where she became septic, and ultimately died from septic shock, her husband told WFAA, though her official cause of death has not yet been released by the Weatherford ISD school district. The school where she taught, Bose Ikard Elementary School, made counselors available for students, parents ...



Update on the 2017-2018 Influenza Season for Clinicians

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:17:18 +0100

February 8, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)



GPs advised on flu vaccines for 2018/19 as NHS promises extra funds

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:04:29 +0100

GPs, pharmacists and CCGs have been reminded of official advice on the most effective vaccines for patients in at-risk groups and over-65s, as NHS England pledged extra funding for the 2018/19 flu season. (Source: GP Online News)



Zimbabwe:Country Now Free From Avian Flu

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:32:51 +0100

[The Herald] Zimbabwe is now free from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) that hit the country between May and August last year. The disease killed one million chickens in South Africa and Zimbabwe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



New molecular test to impact influenza pandemic preparedness

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR Inc. announced plans to launch a Research Use Only (RUO) version of their FluChip-8G technology to aid in pandemic preparedness. The new molecular test addresses an unmet need for more detailed information about flu viruses found in human specimens without the data management complexities associated with current sequencing approaches. FluChip-8G offers viral subtype specific insight with the ease of use of an RT-PCR assay and unmatched simplicity in results interpretation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Aussie flu: Four million asthma patients at risk of DEATH, warns Asthma UK

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:01:42 +0100

AUSSIE flu symptoms include headaches, sore throats and vomiting. But, charity Asthma UK has warned asthmatics that they ’re at risk of life-threatening asthma attacks as a consequence of influenza infection. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Dylan Day's mother urges parents to know signs of sepsis

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:38:31 +0100

Dylan Day, from Stoke-on-Trent, passed away after developing sepsis, triggered by a a strain of influenza B he was fighting, last weekend. His mother Sarah is urging people to suspect sepsis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Indiana girl dies of flu after she left hospital

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:46:38 +0100

Savanna Jessie, seven, was killed by the flu on Thursday after being found unresponsive in her Columbus, Indiana, home. She tested positive for influenza B, strep throat and scarlet fever. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



The Male Animal: Have You Heard? This Guy Has a Cold

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:29:37 +0100

And he wants to tell you every little thing about it. (Source: NYT Health)



Mother is urging parents to know the signs of sepsis

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:44:56 +0100

Dylan Day, from Stoke-on-Trent, passed away after developing sepsis, triggered by a a strain of influenza B he was fighting, last weekend. His mother Sarah is urging people to suspect sepsis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Influenza Hospitalizations Highest on Record

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)



Greatest Number of Flu Hospitalizations in Years

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:11:06 +0100

by Kathleen Fifield, AARP, February 2, 2018|Comments: 0. A vial of influenza vaccine at the county health department in Flagstaff, Arizona. Jake Bacon/ Arizona Daily Sun via AP. According to the CDC, manufacturers are still sending the flu vaccine to health care providers, and it's not too late to get your shot, given  ... (Source: AARP.org News)



WATCH: Hospitalizations from the flu virus continue to rise

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:34:23 +0100

53 children have died so far from the influenza virus this season. (Source: ABC News: Health)



'Australian flu': It's not from Australia

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 01:07:16 +0100

We are speaking Italian each time we say "influenza." (Source: CNN.com - Health)



FDA Tries New Strategies as IV Bag Shortage Continues FDA Tries New Strategies as IV Bag Shortage Continues

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 00:58:09 +0100

Expiration dates have been extended for some of the bags and manufacturers are getting products from their foreign facilities. Still, spiking influenza numbers strain supplies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)

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Sen. Markey Calls On Congress To Spend $1B For Universal Flu Vaccine

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 22:53:34 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – The flu epidemic is hitting Massachusetts hard. Thursday night, another patient died from influenza at Massachusetts General Hospital, the eleventh person to die in the past two months. Hospital officials say their emergency room is packed with flu patients every day and at least 90 staff members of the hospital have been diagnosed. Part of the reason for the epidemic is health experts say the current batch of flu vaccination is not as effective. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) visited the Boston hospital on Friday to call on Congress to invest $1 billion over five years for researchers to create a new universal flu vaccine. Markey said he will introduce the Flu Vaccine Bill next week. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshi...



Influenza Hospitalizations Highest on Record, CDC Says Influenza Hospitalizations Highest on Record, CDC Says

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 22:25:18 +0100

Overall hospitalizations for influenza-like illness are at their highest since the CDC began collecting such data, and the season has yet to peak, according to new government information.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)



In-Depth: Surging flu is a proving ground for digital health, telemedicine

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:50:45 +0100

As the calendar turns to February, the beleaguered US healthcare system continues to battle an influenza season considered by Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance officials to be among the worst of this decade. (Source: mobihealthnews)



Flu Hospitalization Rates Are the Highest in Years. Here ’ s Why.

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:34:10 +0100

Rising hospitalizations portend a high death rate, health officials said, even as flu infection rates continue to increase. (Source: NYT Health)



Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the ‘ Surge Tent ’

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:31:11 +0100

The worst flu season in nearly a decade has filled emergency rooms and strained resources at medical centers. Hospitalization and infection rates are among the highest in two decades. (Source: NYT Health)

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This flu season ’ s hospitalizations are highest in nearly a decade

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:17:45 +0100

This year's flu season has now sent more people to the hospital with the illness than in nearly a decade, federal health officials said Friday. Nationwide during the past week, 16 more children died from the virus. So far this season, influenza has caused the deaths of at least 53 children, rivaling that of the especially severe […]Related:5 things you need to know if you are considering freezing your eggsCDC employees are delighted that their acting director is back in chargeCDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Flu spread is worse than ever: 53 children dead

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:49:03 +0100

Dr Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's Influenza Division, said that this flu season is expected to be the worst on record as 16 more children have died this week and hospitalizations are high. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Flu Hospitalizations Are Higher Than Any Year on Record, CDC Reports

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:21:41 +0100

As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using that metric, Schuchat said. Flu activity is still on the rise in many parts of the country, leading to overcrowded hospitals and spot shortages of some antiviral drugs ...



CDC Reports 16 More Children Dead From the Flu

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:21:41 +0100

As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using that metric, Schuchat said. Flu activity is still on the rise in many parts of the country, leading to overcrowded hospitals and spot shortages of some antiviral drugs ...