Category: Influenza 2018-2019

Authorities see milder flu season compared to last year | KEYE

AUSTIN, Texas — There is both good news and a lot of uncertainty about this year’s flu vaccine this early in our flu season. The good news is that the CDC thinks it is genetically similar to the strains starting to

Antibodies in Llama Blood Might Eliminate the Need for Yearly Flu Shots | Mental Floss

Getting your yearly flu shot is an important way to protect yourself against the latest strains of the virus. But the annual practice can also be annoying, as evidenced by the more than half of all Americans who skip it. Now, BBC reports that

Doctors urge residents to receive flu shot -Cleburne, TX

Last year’s flu season was one of the worst in more than a decade, resulting in a “high-severity” classification that saw 172 reported child deaths and 19 consecutive weeks of record-breaking flu hospitalizations nationwide. To avoid another hard-hitting season, local

Abbott Molecular Flu, Strep Tests Get FDA Clearance | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Abbott said today that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared its next-generation Influenza A & B 2 and Strep A 2 molecular assays for point-of-care testing. The new assays enable fast time-to-results for molecular

FDA Approves First New Flu Medication in 20 Years: What to Know

The pill works by interfering with the flu virus’ ability to replicate. The drug should be available in a few weeks. Every year, the seasonal flu virus infects 5 to 20 percent of Americans and can lead to tens of thousands of

CDC records drop in vaccination rates during last year’s killer flu season

Only 37 percent of Americans got vaccinated against flu last season, just as one of the deadliest flu season in decades hit, health officials reported Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its final estimates on the past

2 hospitalizations reported in El Paso County in this young flu season

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – This year’s flu season is young but has already resulted in two hospitalizations in El Paso County County health officials are urging the public to get their flu vaccine ASAP. “Getting an influenza vaccine every

The FDA Approved a New Flu Treatment, Just In Time for Flu Season

The agency on Wednesday approved Genentech’s drug Xofluza, which can be taken via a single oral dose to help patients recover more quickly from the flu. It’s the “first new antiviral flu treatment with a novel mechanism of action approved

Why did the flu kill 80,000 Americans last year?

The 2017-2018 flu season was historically severe. Public health officials estimate that 900,000 Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications. For comparison, the previous worst season from the past decade, 2010-2011, saw 56,000 deaths. In a typical season, 30,000 Americans die. So

What to know about the 2018-2019 flu season in Massachusetts |

The latest weekly flu report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health says the rates of “flu-like illness” have increased just slightly in the state so far in October, but officials are once again issuing the call for residents to get a