(CIDRAP News) The interplay between influenza and pneumococcal disease has been difficult to sort out, but the 2009 H1N1 pandemic offered researchers a unique chance to explore the impact of flu on pneumonia hospitalizations, which they found was significant.
As the world recovers its bearings after spikes in pandemic flu activity and anticipates how the upcoming flu season will unfold, antiviral and vaccine experts in Atlanta today plotted out the new prevention and treatment tools public health officials may someday use to fine-tune their disease responses.
Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of articles reviewing the world's experience with pandemic H1N1 influenza and what we've learned in the past year. Look for further installments in the days to come.
(CIDRAP News) A year's experience with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus has underscored the endless unpredictability of flu.
(CIDRAP News) H1N1 flu patients who were also infected with a common cause of pneumonia were 125 times more likely to develop life-threatening disease, a team of American and Argentinean researchers reported Thursday.
(CIDRAP News) In a worrisome but not unexpected pandemic-related development, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that it is seeing a spike in serious pneumococcal disease, particularly in younger patients.