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PHA reminds people of importance of flu vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is again reminding people in “at risk” groups and others who are eligible, to get the winter ...

Indiana avian flu outbreak serves as biosecurity reminder for Pa. poultry owners

A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed this month in the state of Indiana serves as a warning to Pennsylvania ...

Estrogen Protective Against Flu Virus in Women But Not Men, Study Suggests

Finding could offer additional benefits to hormone replacement therapy or infertility treatment ... Full story

New Study Reveals Who Uses Community Pharmacy for Flu Vaccinations

The Influenza (flu) vaccination can help to prevent ill health and reduce hospital admissions with research already showing that there is a need to protect an increasing number of at risk patients. These at risk patients include those who are under 65 years of age and suffer from other long term medical conditions, are long stay home care residents or healthcare professionals. Currently, those who are at risk are eligible for a free NHS vaccination, but not everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated. During the ‘flu vaccination campaign’ in England only around 52 percent of at risk patients were vaccinated, against a target of 75 percent during the 2014-2015 season. ... Full story

Directing the body’s fight against flu

Natural ‘homing’ molecule discovery could help speed-up fight against viruses ... Full story

New NDV-H5Nx avian influenza vaccine has potential for mass vaccination of poultry

Jürgen Richt, Regents distinguished professor of veterinary medicine, and Wenjun Ma, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, were part of a Kansas State University research team that developed a vaccine for three deadly strains of avian influenza. ... Full story

Scientists Find Minor Flu Strains Pack Bigger Punch

Minor variants of flu strains, which are not typically targeted in vaccines, carry a bigger viral punch than previously realized, a team of scientists has found. Its research, which examined samples from the 2009 flu pandemic in Hong Kong, shows that these minor strains are transmitted along with the major strains and can replicate and elude immunizations. ... Full story

Less than half of U.S. hospitals require flu shots for staff, study suggests -- despite risk to patients

Survey of hospital infection prevention specialists shows room to improve ... Full story

Flu can kill – get the vaccine and fight the flu

A reminder has been issued by the Public Health Agency (PHA) for all people in “at risk” groups to get the winter flu vaccine, with a warning about the deadly dangers associated with catching the flu. The call comes as figures show that excess winter deaths last year were the highest since 2009/10, when the swine flu pandemic was at its peak. ... Full story

Avian influenza expert raises concerns as USDA stockpiles vaccines

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating a stockpile of avian influenza vaccines, but an expert suggests careful consideration of the strategy and cautions that the strain of the next outbreak is unknown. ... Full story

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