Category Archives: Influenza

Pandemic influenza | Avian flu | bird flu | Spanish flu | SARS
Include any kind of influenza where there may be a possibility of transmission to humans.

Vaccine strategy induces antibodies that can target multiple influenza viruses

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 22 July 2016) Scientists have identified three types of vaccine-induced antibodies that can neutralize diverse strains of influenza virus that infect humans. The discovery will help guide development of a universal influenza vaccine, according to investigators at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and collaborators who conducted the research.

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NIH-supported study pinpoints origin of 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic

EurekAlert 28-Jun-2016

Researchers have used genetic sequencing to show that the 2009 global H1N1 influenza pandemic began in central Mexico, originating in pigs and spreading to humans. Mexico is not typically considered a source of novel influenza strains. The new findings appear online in the journal eLIFE. They shed light on how the novel virus evolved and stress the need for improved influenza surveillance. The research was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Link to journal article: https://elifesciences.org/content/5/e16777

 

 

Pregnant women, children urged to get vaccinated for influenza before season’s peak

The Courier Mail ROSE BRENNAN July 1, 2016

QUEENSLANDERS are battling the flu in record numbers.
New Queensland Health data shows influenza cases are tracking higher than during the previous five years – with the peak still two months away.
Children and pregnant women, in particular, are being urged to get vaccinated before the worst of the season sets in.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/pregnant-women-children-urged-to-get-vaccinated-for-influenza-before-seasons-peak/news-story/b213898b66ccd1282834cdc13eca0652

Computing told us how close we came to a global pandemic of a drug-resistant flu

The Conversation Jame McCaw 9 June 2016

Driven by the massive increases in computational resources now at our disposal, mathematical scientists are making significant contributions to the study of infection.  So how does this work in practice?  Describes analysis and findings of modelling of flu outbreak in 2011 in the Hunter New England region of NSW.

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New study finds that vaccinating mothers against flu can protect newborns

(University of Maryland School of Medicine2 June 2016) Each year, influenza causes between 250,000 and half a million deaths around the world. Now a new study has shown that immunizing mothers against flu can decrease by 70 percent the risk of their infants getting flu during the first four months after birth. This is the largest study so far to show that maternal vaccination against flu is feasible and effective in resource-poor environments.

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Novel strategy may improve seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 23 May 2016) New findings describe a novel strategy for predicting how circulating influenza viruses will evolve, an approach that may help scientists create better seasonal influenza vaccines. The findings, which appear in the journal Nature Microbiology, were conducted by scientists affiliated with the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance program of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Threat of novel swine flu viruses in pigs and humans

(eLife 26 April 2016) The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a study to be published in eLife.

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