VAMCs Continue to Lag in HCP Flu Vaccine Mandates

ANN ARBOR, MI—The VA continues to lag behind community hospitals in mandating annual influenza vaccine for all healthcare personal, a new study suggested. The report in JAMA Network Open said requiring HCP vaccination against the flu helps limit disease spread to...

Executive Order Enlists DoD Help in Modernizing Flu Vaccine

WASHINGTON—A new executive order is aimed at increasing the manufacturing efficiency and effectiveness of flu vaccines. The DoD and Department of Health and Human Services are co-chairing a task force in the process of implementing the order signed in September by...

Respirators No More Effective Than Masks in Flu Prevention

PITTSBURGH—How effective are N95 respirators and medical masks in preventing healthcare personnel from acquiring workplace viral respiratory infections? A study in JAMA sought to answer that question. Researchers from the National Personal Protective Technology...

Flu Complications Reduced With Early Antiviral Treatment

CLEVELAND – How does antiviral treatment, pre-existing diseases, and sociodemographic factors affect the risk of influenza-related complications and healthcare utilization? For a report in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion, case data was obtained from...

VA, Veterans Bear High Costs for Annual Flu Season

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT – For the U.S. population in general, seasonal influenza epidemics are a substantial public health and economic burden:  On average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and an estimated 23,000 Americans die from respiratory and...

Timing of Flu in HIV Patients Vaccinated Early

SAN DIEGO – Past research has shown that patients with HIV infection vaccinated early in the flu season are generally more likely to contract influenza or influenza-like illness (ILI), compared with those receiving late vaccination. The reason likely is that antibody...

Algorithm Helps Identify Highest Influenza Activity

AMHERST, MA - A new tool can assist public health practitioners, researchers, and clinicians in defining the community-level onset of seasonal influenza epidemics. Using recent surveillance data on virologically confirmed infections of influenza, a team led by...

Flu Outbreak on Navy Ship Despite Mandatory Vaccinations

SAN DIEGO - Since the 1950s, a policy of mandatory annual vaccination for active duty personnel has been largely successful in limiting influenza epidemics in the military. The current DoD influenza vaccination policy mandates that all uniformed personnel receive...

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