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Influenza vaccine less effective than expected

Experts of the HZI comment on the situation and explain the causes ...

Breakthrough May Impact Flu Vaccination

SINGAPORE -- An analysis of 10 years’ worth of data on human influenza B viruses has shed new light on the pathogen ...

Seasonal flu vaccine induces antibodies that protect against H7N9 avian flu

Study identifies antibodies isolated from individuals with seasonal flu vaccinations that neutralize H7N9 and other influenza strains ... Full story

Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell’s own machinery

Viruses are masters of outsourcing, entrusting their fundamental function – reproduction – to the host cells they infect. But it turns out this highly economical approach also creates vulnerability. ... Full story

Study suggests Tamiflu reduces length of symptoms, complications, and hospital admissions from influenza

The most thorough analysis of oseltamivir (marketed as Tamiflu) data to date, including all available published and unpublished randomised treatment trials of adults, suggests that the antiviral drug shortens the duration of flu symptoms by about a day, compared to placebo, in adults with laboratory-confirmed influenza. ... Full story

Study shows Tamiflu gets patients back on their feet faster, reduces flu complications

ANN ARBOR—Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of antiviral drugs to help treat influenza, in a year when the available vaccine is not a good match for the current strain. ... Full story

Forecasting the Flu Better

Combo of ‘big’ and traditional data improves power of prediction ... Full story

In a severe flu season, Virginia Tech researcher searches for better ways to prevent infections

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 27, 2015 – Linsey Marr, a professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, is obsessed with flu transmission. ... Full story

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