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Researchers ferret out a flu clue

Research that provides a new understanding as to why ferrets are similar to humans is set to have major implications for the ...

High-Dose Flu Vaccine Superior for Frail Elderly Living in Long-Term Care Facilities

PITTSBURGH – The high-dose flu vaccine is significantly better than the regular flu shot at boosting the immune response to the ...

A Serious Flu Season Lies Ahead: Vaccination Remains the Best Defense

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that the predominant circulating H3N2 influenza virus in the US has mutated, or drifted, from the corresponding vaccine strain. Mismatches between circulating influenza viruses and vaccine strains can decrease the level of protection provided by the vaccine against that strain. ... Full story

Study finds that correcting myths about the flu vaccine may not be effective in promoting immunisation

New research in the journal Vaccine concludes that correcting myths about vaccines may not be the most effective approach to promoting immunisation among vaccine sceptics. ... Full story

Flu vaccine: Myths versus facts

By Cassie Williams Jones - Despite recent reports that this year’s flu vaccine may not be as effective because of virus strain mutations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older. ... Full story

Influenza estimated to kill about 400 New Zealanders each year

New Zealand has an average of 401 influenza-associated deaths each year according to estimates published for the first time. This is an average annual mortality rate of 10.6 per 100,000 population. ... Full story

Halting the hijacker: Cellular targets to thwart influenza virus infection

Infectious particles of an avian influenza virus emerge from a cell. A team of researchers led by UW-Madison's Yoshihiro Kawaoka has revealed methods for thwarting flu viruses by shutting down the cellular machinery they need. ... Full story

After 40 years, the first complete picture of a key flu virus machine

If you planned to sabotage a factory, a recon trip through the premises would probably be much more useful than just peeping in at the windows. Scientists looking to understand – and potentially thwart – the influenza virus have now gone from a similar window-based view to the full factory tour, thanks to the first complete structure of one of the flu virus’ key machines. ... Full story

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