Influenza Vaccines

Recent News

Feb 16, 2017
Flu vaccine production

Current flu vaccine protects about half of recipients

Effectiveness so far this season is 48% in the US and slightly lower in Europe.

Feb 10, 2017
Flu vaccine being injected

Studies shed light on effects of serial flu shots, current vaccine's benefits

Getting a flu shot 2 years in a row apparently can, under certain circumstances, backfire.

Feb 08, 2017

News Scan for Feb 08, 2017

Ebola in breast milk
Drought as West Nile driver
Varicella vaccine doses
H1N1 vaccine protection
Oseltamivir cost analysis
Jan 27, 2017
Flu shot

Health worker flu vaccine data insufficient to show protection for patients

A review of 4 previous studies shows that solid data on health worker immunization are lacking and highlights the implausability of some of the results.

Jan 27, 2017

Flu Scan for Jan 27, 2017

More H7N9 in China
Nasal-spray vaccine and severe flu
Jan 03, 2017

News Scan for Jan 03, 2017

Zika and GBS
New Saudi MERS cases
Waning flu vaccine effect
More H7N9 in China
Few chikungunya cases
Dec 27, 2016

News Scan for Dec 27, 2016

Saudi MERS cases
US and global flu updates
Vet contracts H7N2
H3N2v in Canada
Dec 09, 2016

News Scan for Dec 09, 2016

Flu vaccine uptake, effect
Saudi MERS cases
H7N9 case in China
H5N8 in France
Yemen cholera increase
Dec 05, 2016

News Scan for Dec 05, 2016

High-yield flu B vaccine
Zika monkey challenge
More US AFM cases
New chikungunya cases
Nov 30, 2016
Child flu vaccination

Study: Flu vaccine doesn't prevent missed school days

The study finds the flu vaccine did not reduce school absenteeism in kids 5 to 17.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Almario CV, May FP, Maxwell AE, et al. Persistent racial and ethnic disparities in flu vaccination coverage: results from a population-based study. Am J Infect Control 2016 (published online Jun 29)

Anh DD, Thiem VD, Anh NTH, et al. Randomized safety and immunogenicity trial of seasonal trivalent inactivated split virion influenza vaccine (IVACFLU-S) in healthy young Vietnamese adults. Vaccine 2016 (published online Aug 24)

Baxter R, Eaton A, Hansen J, et al. Safety of quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine in subjects aged 2-49 years. Vaccine 2017 (published online Feb 2)

Belongia EA, Simpson MD, King JP, et al. Variable influenza vaccine effectiveness by subtype: a systematic review and meta-analysis of test-negative design studies. Lancet Infect Dis 2016 (published online Apr 6)

Black CL, Yue X, Ball SW, et al. Influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel — United States, 2015-16 influenza season. MMWR 2016 Sep 30;65(38):1026-31

Bleser WK, Elewonibi BR, Miranda PY, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine and influenza vaccine uptake in US children. Pediatrics 2016 (published online Oct 3)

Bleser WK, Miranda PY, Jean-Jacques M. Racial/ethnic disparities in influenza vaccination of chronically ill US adults: the mediating role of perceived discrimination in health care. Med Care 2016 June;54(6):570-7

Blyth CC, Macartney KK, Hewagama S, et al. Influenza epidemiology, vaccine coverage and vaccine effectiveness in children admitted to sentinel Australian hospitals in 2014: the Influenza Complications Alert Network (FLUCAN). Eurosurveill 2016 Jul 28;21(30):pii=30301

Caspard H, Coelingh KL, Mallory RM, et al. Association of vaccine handling conditions with effectiveness of live attenuated influenza vaccine against H1N1 pdm09 viruses in the United States. Vaccine 2016 (published online Sep 6)

Castilla J, Navascues A, Casado I, et al. Combined effectiveness of prior and current season influenza vaccination in northern Spain: 2016/17 mid-season analysis. Euro Surveill 2017 Feb 16;22(7):pii=30465

Castilla J, Navascues A, Fernandez-Alonso M, et al. Effects of previous episodes of influenza and vaccination in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza in Navarre, Spain, 2013/14 season. Euro Surveill 2016 Jun 2;21(22):pii=30243

CDC. Final 2015-16 influenza vaccination coverage estimates for selected local areas, states, and the United States available online. (Announcement) MMWR 2016 Sep 30;65(38):1041


Chambers C, Skowronski DM, Sabaiduc S, et al. Interim estimates of 2015/16 vaccine effectiveness against influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, Canada, February 2016. Euro Surveill 2016 Mar 17;21(11):pii=30168

Chambers CD, Johnson DL, Xu R, et al. Safety of the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasonal influenza vaccines in pregnancy: birth defects, spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and small for gestational age infants, a study from the cohort arm of VAMPSS. Vaccine 2016 (published online Jul 20)

Chang YC, Tung HJ, Hsu SW, et al. Use of seasonal influenza vaccination and its associated factors among elderly people with disabilities in Taiwan: a population-based study. PLoS One 2016 Jun 23;11(6):e0158075

De Serres G, Skowronski DM, Ward BJ, et al. Influenza vaccination of healthcare workers: critical analysis of the evidence for patient benefit underpinning policies of enforcement. PLoS One 2017 Jan 27;12(1):e0163586

Debbink K, McCrone JT, Petrie JG, et al. Vaccination has minimal impact on the intrahost diversity of H3N2 influenza viruses. PLoS Pathog 2017 Jan 31;13(1):e1006194

Diez-Domingo J, de Martino M, Garcia-Sicilia Lopez J, et al. Safety and tolerability of cell culture-derived and egg-derived trivalent influenza vaccines in 3 to <18 year-old children and adolescents at risk of influenza-related complications. Int J Infect Dis 2016 (published online Jun 23)

Dos Santos G, Haguinet F, Cohet C, et al. Risk of solid organ transplant rejection following vaccination with seasonal trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in England: a self-controlled case-series. Vaccine 2016 (published online May 20)

Duffy J, Weintraub E, Hambidge SJ, et al. Febrile seizure risk after vaccination in children 6 to 23 months. Pediatrics 2016 (published online Jun 6)

Dunand CJH, Leon PE, Huang M, et al. Both neutralizing and non-neutralizing human H7N9 influenza vaccine-induced monoclonal antibodies confer protection. Cell Host Microb 2016 Jun 8;19(6):800-13

ECDC. Seasonal influenza vaccination and antiviral use in Europe. Jul 15, 2016

Edwards F, Masick KD, Armellino D. Impact of the flu mask regulation on health care personnel influenza vaccine acceptance rates. Am J Infect Control 2016 (published online Apr 19)

Emborg H, Krause TG, Nielsen L, et al. Influenza vaccine effectiveness in adults 65 years and older, Denmark, 2015/16 — a rapid epidemiological and virological assessment. Euro Surveill 2016 Apr 7;21(14):pii=30189

Ferdinands JM, Fry AM, Reynolds S, et al. Intraseason waning of influenza vaccine protection: evidence from the US influenza vaccine effectiveness network, 2011-12 through 2014-15. Clin Infect Dis 2016 (published online Dec 29)

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