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Dec 31, 2008

Dec 31, 2008

Study hints at pneumonia risk with resistant flu viruses

(CIDRAP News) – A newly published analysis of oseltamivir-resistant influenza viruses collected last winter in Norway hints that they may increase an infected person's risk of pneumonia and sinus infections, but the small number of patients in the study means the finding is no more than a hint at this point.

Dec 08, 2008

Dec 08, 2008

Minorities lag in flu-shot coverage for elderly

(CIDRAP News) – A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute says elderly African-Americans and Hispanics lag well behind elderly whites in influenza vaccination rates, even though the federal Medicare program fully covers the shots.

Oct 30, 2008

Oct 30, 2008

Benefits of flu vaccination hotly debated

– WASHINGTON (CIDRAP News) – The benefits conferred by influenza vaccination—to recipients and to their close contacts—were hotly disputed at an international medical meeting this week.

Oct 07, 2008

Oct 07, 2008

Bacterial coinfections boosting child flu deaths

(CIDRAP News) – The number of children who have died from a combination of influenza infection and bacterial pneumonia—in many cases due to the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)—has risen sharply over the past few years, federal epidemiologists say in a new report that urges flu shots as a preventative.

Aug 22, 2008

Aug 22, 2008

Study: Bacterial pneumonia was main killer in 1918 flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – It was secondary bacterial pneumonia—not the influenza virus by itself—that killed most of the millions who perished in the 1918 flu pandemic, which suggests that current pandemic preparations should include stockpiling of antibiotics and bacterial vaccines, influenza researchers reported this week.

Aug 08, 2008

Aug 08, 2008

Study: Flu shots may not protect elderly from pneumonia

(CIDRAP News) – Studies designed to tease out the benefits of seasonal influenza vaccines for elderly people have yielded conflicting results over the past few years, and now new findings suggest that the vaccine's ability to reduce the risk of pneumonia may be less than expected.

Jun 12, 2008

Jun 12, 2008

Death rate for flu, pneumonia fell sharply in 2006

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that the death rate in the United States dropped significantly from 2005 to 2006, led by a 12.8% decline in mortality related to seasonal influenza and pneumonia.

The findings were released in a 52-page preliminary report on death trends for 2006 from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Jan 07, 2008

Jan 07, 2008

FDA clears single test for 12 respiratory viruses

Editor's note: This story was revised Jan 8 to correct information about the location of the test's manufacturer.

(CIDRAP News) – A single test that can identify up to 12 different respiratory viruses, including three kinds of influenza, from one sample has won the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) approval.

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