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‘Core’ immune cells reduce symptoms and spread of seasonal and pandemic influenza

A four-year study of 1,414 unvaccinated people across England found that 43% of them had immune cells that protected them from symptoms ...

Personal experience a major driver in decision for or against flu vaccination

Athens, Ga. - Convincing someone to receive the annual flu vaccine goes beyond clever messaging and well-written public service announcements, new University of Georgia research finds. The study, led by UGA's Glen Nowak, outlines both the barriers and facilitators that motivate people in their flu vaccine decisions. ... Full story

Improving prevention of and responses to flu outbreaks

New research suggests ways to reduce the likelihood that individuals and groups will become infected with influenza. ... Full story

U-M disease transmission experts prepared to address Michigan's first bird flu cases

As the state of Michigan responds to its first cases of the bird flu, the University of Michigan has experts who can talk about this flu and infectious disease transmission. ... Full story

Virus evolution and human behaviour shape global patterns of flu movement

New research from The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity published in Nature today has revealed surprising differences in how each of the four types of influenza that cause seasonal viruses is spread. ... Full story

Researchers targeting the host rather than the flu virus have success with new treatment tested in mice

By Leslie Shepherd -The flu kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year, yet there is essentially only one class of drugs to fight the ever-changing virus. ... Full story

Precautions, preparations help Pa. brace for potential avian flu threat

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. ... Full story

Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains

Wenjun Ma, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at Kansas State University, left, and Jürgen Richt, Regents distinguished professor of veterinary medicine and director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, have developed vaccines for H5N1 and H7N9, two emerging strains of avian influenza. The strains are zoonotic and can be transmitted from chickens to pigs and humans. | Download the following photo. ... Full story

Flu surveillance: we're in for an early and severe season

Today is the first day of winter, and for many Australians with winter comes influenza. ... Full story

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