Flu News

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2/22/2008
FDA Panel OKs 3 New Flu Strains for Next Year's Vaccine

Officials hope to target versions current shot misses, but fall production may be delayed

2/19/2008
2 Mutations Were Critical to Spread of 1918 Flu

The findings could aid investigation of current bird flu, experts say

2/15/2008
Flu Widespread in U.S., but Vaccine Is Poor Match

Even though shot misses 2 strains found, health officials still recommend inoculation

2/8/2008
Health Tip: Protect Your Child From Flu

Vaccination is an easy preventative

1/28/2008
Drop of Flu Vaccine Under Tongue Bars Infection

Mouse study shows promise for human protection in future

1/28/2008
Cold Meds Send 7,000 U.S. Kids to ER Each Year

Most cases due to accidental ingestion, study finds

1/21/2008
Saline Nasal Wash Helps Kids Fight Colds, Flu

Led to fewer respiratory problems, reduced reliance on cold medications, study says

1/21/2008
New Test Screens For Flu and Other Viruses

Said to be faster and more accurate than existing tests

1/12/2008
Schedules Revised for Flu, Meningitis Vaccines

Goal is to make it easier for parents to protect their children, CDC says

12/7/2007
Pneumonia Vaccine Is Keeping Kids Healthier

New shot has cut hospitalizations by more than half, CDC study finds

11/29/2007
Handwashing, Masks Beat Drugs at Fighting Flu

Data review finds they're best at keeping individuals safe

11/28/2007
FDA Panel Backs Tougher Warning on Asthma Drugs for Kids

Serevent and Advair need specific child warnings on side effects, pediatric panel says; action follows panel's recommendation to toughen label on flu drugs for kids.

11/17/2007
Simple Tips Keep the Flu at Bay

Or at least help stop it from spreading, expert says

11/14/2007
Jennifer Garner Puts Flu Shot in the Spotlight

Actress and new mom calls vaccine 'family priority' this season

11/9/2007
U.S. Flu Vaccine Plentiful: CDC

About 75% of Americans are candidates for a shot

11/8/2007
Health Tip: Help Prevent Pneumonia

Things you can do to protect yourself

10/24/2007
U.S. Advisers OK Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for Young Children

FluMist should help kids intimidated by needles, experts say

10/4/2007
Key Viral Change Could Help Bird Flu Spread

An altered protein would let it thrive in upper airway, scientists say

10/4/2007
Health Tip: Getting a Flu Vaccine

Help protect yourself

10/3/2007
Flu Vaccine Does Protect Older People

It cuts rates of hospitalizations and deaths, study finds

9/28/2007
FDA Approves New Flu Vaccine

That should ensure adequate supply for coming influenza season, officials say

9/28/2007
Bird Flu Virus Can Infect Fetus

H5N1 also migrates to organs other than lungs, autopsy study shows

9/25/2007
Study Questions Flu Shot's Value for Older People

Most trials don't even include people over 70, researchers note

9/21/2007
Restroom Study Finds Hand Washing on the Decline

Men much less like to clean up than women, U.S. researchers note

9/19/2007
Nasal Flu Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 2-5

FluMist already sanctioned for older kids and adults

9/19/2007
More Americans Urged to Get Flu Shots

Vaccine supplies are plentiful this year, but inoculation rates are low, officials say

9/13/2007
Stomach Virus a Culprit in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Research was spurred by father's concern for son with debilitating condition

9/7/2007
Child's Flu Shot Helps Whole Family

Vaccinating half of kids under 5 would prevent 650,000 hospital visits, U.S. study finds

8/21/2007
Online 'Epidemic' Gives Clues to Bird Flu Spread

A computer bug infected Web gamers, with ominous results, experts say

8/16/2007
New Strategy Stretches Bird Flu Vaccine

Researchers say more people could be protected in possible pandemic

8/10/2007
Last Flu Season Was Mild, But Child Deaths Worrying

Dangerous co-infection with drug-resistant staph is on the rise, CDC says

8/7/2007
Limits on Social Contact Helped Fight Flu Pandemic

Quarantines, school closings could be valuable in a future threat, study of 1918 influenza epidemic finds.

8/7/2007
Many Kids With Private Insurance Missing Vaccinations

Plans may not cover a particular shot or its administration, study finds

6/18/2007
Veterinarians Could Be First to Get Bird Flu

They should be high on the list for any effective vaccine, experts say

6/7/2007
Flu Shot Kick-Starts Fetal Immune System

Findings back theory that neonatal system can respond to environmental exposures

5/9/2007
First Emergency Facemasks for the Public Cleared

They reduce exposure to airborne germs

4/19/2007
Search for Highly Effective Bird Flu Vaccine Goes On

Scientists gain key insights from seasonal flu shot efforts, experts say

4/17/2007
U.S. Approves 1st Bird Flu Vaccine

Called an 'interim' measure, it was effective about half the time in trials

4/10/2007
Flu Vaccine Grown in Insect Cells Called a Promising Alternative

Early trial finds the approach produced safe and effective inoculations, study says

4/6/2007
Vaccine Cuts U.S. Child Pneumonia Rate By 39%

Unexpected benefit makes the shot more valuable, experts say

4/3/2007
Study Finds Some Resistance to Flu Drugs

The problem comes from overusing the antivirals Tamiflu and Relenza, experts say

3/19/2007
Cellular 'Fingerprint' IDs Infectious Disease

Technique could help doctors diagnose flu, strep, staph, other illnesses

3/6/2007
Flu Shot Cuts Kids' Infection Risk in Half

CDC study findings back government guidelines on who should get the shots.

3/5/2007
Stressed-Out Kids More Prone to Fever

Family-linked anxiety may open the door to infection, study suggests

2/27/2007
U.S. Advisers Endorse Bird Flu Vaccine

While it has limited effectiveness, it's better than nothing, FDA told

2/14/2007
Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Beats Shots For Kids Under 5

It cut flu cases by nearly 55% compared to injected version, study finds

2/3/2007
Workouts Add Muscle to the Flu Shot

Arm exercises beforehand boost immune responses to the vaccine, study shows

2/1/2007
U.S. Health Officials Unveil Flu Pandemic Plan

Outbreaks would be tackled based on a 'severity index' of transmission, they say

1/22/2007
Antivirals Adept at Reducing Flu Spread in Families

Study shows oseltamivir and zanamivir cut chance of illness after exposure by 75% or more

1/19/2007
Human Gene a Natural Virus Fighter

ISG15 helps fend off flu, herpes, research suggests