Influenza

Does Prior Flu Vaccination Impact Subsequent Vaccine Efficacy in Children?

By October 26, 2018

To better understand the impact of prior-season vaccination on subsequent influenza vaccine effectiveness, researchers conducted a multiseason, test-negative case-control study among vaccinated children 2-17 years old recruited during 3 influenza seasons (2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016).

First-in-Class Antiviral Approved for the Treatment of Influenza

By October 24, 2018

"This is the first new antiviral flu treatment with a novel mechanism of action approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.

Afluria, Afluria Quadrivalent Approved for Use in Patients 6 Months and Older

By October 23, 2018

The vaccines are indicated for active immunization against influenza disease caused by virus subtypes A and type B present in the vaccine.

Influenza Caused Emirates Flight to Be Briefly Quarantined at JFK

September 11, 2018

New York City health officials say passengers had influenza or other common cold viruses

CDC: Updated Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2018-2019

By August 23, 2018

In general, routine annual vaccination is recommended for all patients ≥6 months of age who have no contraindications.

Priority Review Granted to Novel Oral Influenza Treatment

By June 26, 2018

The New Drug Application for baloxavir marboxil is supported by results from the Phase 3 CAPSTONE-1 study (N=1436) which examined the effects of a single dose of baloxavir marboxil vs placebo or oseltamivir 75mg twice daily for 5 days.

AAP Recommends Shot Over Nasal Spray for 2018-2019 Flu Season

By May 22, 2018

The advisory comes early as physicians are currently placing vaccine orders.

Efficacy of Adjuvanted vs Conventional Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Compared

By April 20, 2018

MF59 adjuvanted, quadrivalent influenza vaccine (aQIV) was found to be more efficacious in preventing influenza than a non-adjuvanted conventional influenza vaccine in children aged 6 through 23 months.

Does Oseltamivir Use Increase the Risk of Suicide in Pediatric Patients?

By March 13, 2018

To investigate a possible relationship, researchers from the University of Illinois and the Children's Hospital University analyzed 21,407 suicide-related events among 1 to 18 year old individuals.

ACIP Votes in Favor of Intranasal Flu Vaccine Flumist Quadrivalent

By February 22, 2018

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has voted in favor of a renewed recommendation for the use of Flumist Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal).

CDC: Elevated Flu Activity Expected to Continue for Several More Weeks

By February 16, 2018

So far this season, influenza A(H3N2) viruses have predominated, but other influenza viruses are also circulating.

How Can the U.S. Improve Its Ability to Stop a New Flu Pandemic?

February 16, 2018

As an expert in public health law, I can state two things with confidence. First, the U.S. has made enormous strides in preparing for and treating the flu. And second, we still are not nearly as prepared as we need to be for the next pandemic.

New Tool May Help Combat the Spread of Flu, Say Researchers

By February 09, 2018

The study was designed to test if far-UVC light could efficiently kill aerosolized influenza virus in the air.

Patient Portal Messages, IVR Calls May Improve Flu Vaccination Rates

By February 05, 2018

Results found that among portal users, 14% (702/5,000) of portal and IVR call recipients received EHR-documented influenza vaccines.

100 Years Later: Revisiting the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918

January 18, 2018

Severe influenza epidemics tend to occur every few decades. Experts believe that the next one is a question not of "if" but "when."

FDA Approves Expanded Indication for Fluarix Quadrivalent

By January 12, 2018

The supplemental Biologics License Application was based on a Phase III pivotal study of the efficacy of Fluarix Quadrivalent in children 6 months through 35 months of age and on two supportive studies.

New Flu Vaccine Guidelines Issued for Patients With Egg Allergy

By December 19, 2017

The updated parameter stresses that no special precautions are needed or recommended for those with egg allergy.

CDC: Update on Influenza Activity in the U.S.

December 08, 2017

Influenza activity was low during October 2017, has been increasing since the start of November

Novel Monoclonal Antibody Targeting Influenza A Gets Fast Track Status

By November 01, 2017

VIS410, a monoclonal antibody, is being developed for single-dose administration to target all known strains of influenza A.

CDC: Factors that Influence Flu Vaccine Coverage Among Pregnant Women, HCPs

September 29, 2017

But only 53.6 percent of pregnant women received flu shot before/during pregnancy in 2016-2017

Experts Concerned About Study that Links Flu Vaccine to Spontaneous Abortion

By September 14, 2017

Overall, the study points to an association between spontaneous abortion and influenza vaccination receipt in the past 28 days. This link, however, proved significant only among those vaccinated in the previous season with the pH1N1-containing vaccine.

Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Approved for Use in 5-Year-Olds

By September 14, 2017

Data from a randomized, observer-blinded, comparator-controlled study (n=2,278) evaluating children aged 5-17 years showed that Afluria Quadrivalent vaccine was non-inferior to a comparator vaccine containing the same recommended virus strains.

CDC: Updated Influenza Immunization Recommendations for 2017-2018

By August 28, 2017

While still a licensed product, the ACIP does not recommend use of live attenuated influenza vaccine.

Extended Shelf Life Approved for Egg-Free Flu Vaccine

By April 05, 2017

Flublok Quadrivalent was approved by the FDA in October 2016 for use in adults aged >18 years.

Seniors Benefit from High-Dose Vaccine During Severe Flu Season

By March 02, 2017

The high-dose influenza vaccine was first approved in 2009 for adults 65 years of age and older.

How Effective Is the Flu Vaccine This Year?

February 21, 2017

More severe H3N2 strain a factor in reduced coverage

Atopic Dermatitis May Impact Intradermal Flu Vaccine Efficacy

February 14, 2017

Reduced immune response after intradermal vaccination among patients colonized with S. aureus

Optimal Timing ID'd for Flu Shot During 3-Week Chemo Cycle

December 28, 2016

Comparable antibody responses for influenza vaccination on day 1 or 11 of chemo cycle

Live Attenuated Flu Shot Feasible for Children With Egg Allergy

December 09, 2015

For young people with egg allergy, live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is well tolerated, with low risk of systemic allergic reactions, according to a study published online December 8 in The BMJ.

Is Oseltamivir-Warfarin Interaction to Blame for Elevated INR?

By May 20, 2015

A case study in Pediatrics describes the first published report of a potential oseltamivir-warfarin interaction in a child with influenza and hypoplastic left heart syndrome.