Category Archives: Influenza

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Include any kind of influenza where there may be a possibility of transmission to humans.

The 2015 flu vaccine – what’s new, who should get it and why

The Conversation Aeron Hurt 25 March 2015

It’s that time of year again when scientists and doctors make predictions about the impending influenza (flu) season and we must decide whether to go out and get the flu vaccine.
The government-funded flu vaccine will be available from 20 April, a month later than most years, as the vaccine has been reformulated to cover a new strain. But some GPs may offer the vaccine privately before then.

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Enhanced flu protection: Four beats three

(Saint Louis University 13 March 2015) Findings by a Saint Louis University researcher parallel earlier results: Adding a strain of influenza B could improve effectiveness of an influenza vaccine.

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Analysis suggests a more virulent swine flu virus in the Indian subcontinent

(Cell Press 11 March 2015) A flu outbreak in India that has claimed over 1200 lives may not be identical to the 2009 North American strain, as recently reported in India. A comparative analysis conducted by scientists at MIT shows that the flu virus in India seems to have acquired mutations that could spread more readily and therefore requires deeper studies.The researchers call on officials to increase surveillance and rethink vaccination strategies to account for potential new viruses.

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Man, sent home by two doctors, dies from flu

Townsville Bulletin Christie Anderson 10 March 2015

A TOWNSVILLE man was found dead after being sent home by two different doctors in early January.  His family have now demanded a coronial inquest into the handling of his medical care.  His death certificate states he died of Bilateral Bronchopneumonia (pneumonia in both lungs) and flu.

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Flu shots delayed a month in Queensland in bid to fight influenza

ABC news 5 March 2015

Queensland Health have announced that the influenza shot will be delayed by a month due to a change in the vaccine.

The vaccine will now be rolled out in Queensland during April, with the official vaccination season to begin on April 20.

Queensland Health’s Communicable Disease Unit director Sonya Bennett told 612 ABC Brisbane’s Spencer Howson that it would be four weeks later than previous years.

As flu season approaches, the yearly vaccine has been delayed by at least a month

Townsville Bulletin CHRIS MCMAHON and SUE DUNLEVY  March 05, 2015

INFLUENZA has already reached North Queensland, but residents will have to wait until April to be vaccinated due to a national delay in the ­vaccine rollout.
The full vaccine will be delayed by more than a month this year as companies scramble to include two new strains of the flu – including the H3N3 strain that has killed Americans in epidemic proportions – in the vaccine.
There have already been more than 2401 cases of influenza notified in Australia, well above average for this time of year.
Townsville Hospital director of microbiology and pathology Dr Robert Norton confirmed there had been cases of the flu in the North Queensland region.
Dr Norton said two strains were currently circulating as we approach influenza season including H1N1 (swine flu) and H3N2, the standard strain.

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Adults catch the flu about twice every decade

ABC Science  March 4, 2015  Amanda Onion

Think about the last time you felt really sick. There’s a good chance you may have blamed it on the flu…and there’s a good chance you were wrong.

It turns out that adults above the age of 30 actually only catch the flu about two times every 10 years, according to new research published in PLOS Biology.  Continue reading…

Estimating the Life Course of Influenza A(H3N2) Antibody Responses from Cross-Sectional Data

Published: March 3, 2015  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002082