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Oct 26, 2018

Oct 26, 2018
Flu vaccination

Review of severe 2017-18 flu season shows drop in vaccination

Save for the 2009-10 pandemic, the season was the worst in recent years.

Oct 19, 2018

Oct 19, 2018
hospitalized child

CDC reports first child flu death of the new flu season

The CDC started its reporting for the new flu season last week, and so far most of the United States is experiencing sporadic flu detections.

Sep 27, 2018

Sep 27, 2018
Child receiving flu shot

CDC notes flu vaccine uptake down a bit in young kids

Coverage in kids 4 and younger was 67.8% last season, down 2.2 percentage points.

Sep 05, 2018

Sep 05, 2018
Woman wearing surgical mask

New single-dose antiviral cuts flu symptoms, viral loads

Baloxavir reduced flu symptoms by 1 day and reduced viral shedding.

Aug 02, 2018

Aug 02, 2018
Bare feet stepping onto scale

Study suggests obesity may increase flu spread

Data from 3 flu seasons show obese adults shed the virus about 1.5 times longer than non-obese adults.

Jul 12, 2018

Jul 12, 2018
Sick daughter on mom's lap

BARDA support paves way for at-home flu tests

BARDA will provide $24 million in initial funds to 2 companies to advance tests for influenza A and B.

Jun 08, 2018

Jun 08, 2018
Stethoscope exam on coughing patient

CDC study: Antibiotics still widely overused for respiratory infections

Fully 41% of antibiotic prescriptions written for patients with ARIs were inappropriate.

Jun 04, 2018

Jun 04, 2018

Flu in kids is associated with asthma treatment failure

Influenza illnesses can trigger asthmatic episodes that don't respond to treatment.

Apr 02, 2018

Apr 02, 2018
Mumps parotid exam

New studies describe link between parotitis, flu

The findings "strongly suggest that parotitis can be added to the long list of syndromes caused by influenza."

Mar 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018
child flu mask

Flu declines, but hospitalizations are still high

Though many flu markers are declining, hospitalizations are still inching up, as expected in the latter part of the season.

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