Alanie 'Joie' Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother of two from Arizona, had died on Nov. 28 just one day after she was diagnosed with the flu. The flu caused Murrieta to develop pneumonia, which is an infection in the lungs.
Medicine December 5, 2017
A peptide found in the skin mucus of a frog in southern India can potentially fight strains of flu. How does the peptide urumin work against influenza virus?
Medicine April 19, 2017
Children with medical conditions have increased risk for flu-related complications and death. A new study by researchers from CDC, however, revealed fatal cases of children who were healthy before contracting the influenza virus.
Public Health April 5, 2017
Flu vaccine is only 48 percent effective against the most common strain of flu virus, according to epidemiologists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials urged people to get vaccinated, noting that less than half of Americans got the shot.
Public Health February 26, 2017
Pediatric flu death is considered a key marker of a harsh flu season. Thus experts are closely watching flu cases in children in the current flu season, which is fast turning into a harsh one.
Public Health February 8, 2017
After looking into three years’ worth of scientific data from 20,000 virus samples and weather statistics, researchers from Sweden found that flu outbreaks always begin a week after the first cold spell of winter.
Public Health January 26, 2017
Flu season is here and the CDC is urging Americans to get vaccinated. Understanding the importance of flu vaccines, researchers have developed two universal formulations offering better, longer-lasting protection.
Medicine October 1, 2016
The CDC is urging people to get their flu shots in preparation for 2016-2017 flu season. The decline in vaccination coverage last season has prompted health experts to emphasize the importance of flu shots.
Public Health October 1, 2016
Type 2 diabetes patients who were vaccinated with flu vaccine are less likely to be admitted to the hospital because of stroke and heart failure. They also have lower risk of death during the flu season.
Medicine July 26, 2016
A new type of programmable vaccine has been found to be 100 percent effective against influenza, Ebola and other parasites in mice. The vaccine's unique process can revolutionize the way vaccines are deployed during outbreaks.
Medicine July 4, 2016
AstraZeneca's FluMist failed to protect children for three consecutive years, causing an expert panel to recommend traditional flu shots to children this coming flu season. The recommendation could pose problems on vaccine supply this fall.
Medicine June 23, 2016
Flu shots given early in the morning are more effective than ones given later during the day, revealed a new study done by researchers at the University of Birmingham. These findings could prove instrumental in improving the overall vaccination strategies.
Public Health April 27, 2016
Pop superstar Prince was reportedly hospitalized because of influenza several days prior to his death. While there were no immediate details released regarding the singer's passing, some health experts believe the cause of death may be connected to his recent respiratory infection.
Public Health April 23, 2016
Several hospitals across the United States are taking precaution as cases of late-winter influenza continue to rise. The high number of influenza cases prompted officials to implement stricter visitor regulations.
LIFE March 6, 2016
When a virus enters the body, the immune system acts to fight it. Researchers found that influenza can cheat the body's protective mechanism and go undetected.
LIFE February 26, 2016
A new study found that the female hormone estrogen helps women fight flu virus better. Researchers, however, do not recommend taking the pills just to prevent influenza.
LIFE January 20, 2016
Researchers identified 20 new host molecules that promote the growth of the influenza A virus and may help in developing new flu treatments. By blocking these host molecules, the spread of IAV within the body can be prevented.
LIFE December 15, 2015
The constant mutation of the influenza virus strains make getting permanent immunity for flu difficult to achieve but if it can be made possible, annual flu shots and billions of dollars lost to these yearly efforts can become a thing of the past.
LIFE November 12, 2015
Studies found that patients who take statin-based cholesterol medications may be lowering the protection of flu vaccines. Statin was also associated with reduced immune response and higher risks of respiratory illnesses during flu season.
LIFE October 31, 2015
The flu season is expected to kick start this December, but a flu-related death was first reported in Indiana this early. Hence, health officials are recommending that families get their flu shots immediately.
LIFE October 29, 2015
Five years ago, a banana derived protein was found to combat HIV, Hepatitis C and Influenza viruses but with some side effects. Now, a new team of researchers has come up with a redeveloped version that retains the antiviral properties without the side effects.
LIFE October 24, 2015
CDC said at least 171 million doses of flu vaccine are expected in 2015. CDC director Tom Frieden urged Americans to “just get one” for protection.
LIFE October 9, 2015
A report concludes that popular antivirals Tamiflu and Relenza can reduce the duration of seasonal flu symptoms by 14 to 17 hours. However, the evidence does not support the regular use of the drugs unless the flu strain is specifically severe or the patient is very ill, as the risks may outweigh the benefits.
LIFE October 9, 2015
A construction worker accidentally discovered a mass grave of early Schuylkill locals who died during the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic. The bones are being collected for testing and identification. A proper burial will be held once testing is complete.
August 19, 2015
The world has largely relied on flu vaccines to keep influenza at bay, but now that may all change as researchers reveal that it’s possible to prevent the flu without a vaccination.
LIFE August 13, 2015
Iowa is in the process of lifting quarantines in 69 local sites previously reported to be infected with bird flu. This leaves only eight remaining sites that have to complete cleaning and disinfection before being taken off of the list of control areas.
LIFE August 6, 2015
Researchers have incorporated a technique similar to that used in weather predictions to be able to forecast influenza outbreaks. Previously, they have been able to predict flu outbreaks in the US. In a new study, the researchers successfully predicted outbreaks in Hong Kong, where outbreak patterns vary.
LIFE July 31, 2015
Scientists successfully created a universal vaccine that targets more than one strain of influenza and found it to be effective on mice. The successful initial experiment sheds a positive light into creating a promising ‘influenza vaccine cocktail’ to bring down the number of cases and deaths in humans.
LIFE July 24, 2015
Walter Mondale, Former Vice President of the U.S. hospitalized due to flu. He is being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
LIFE March 8, 2015
The U.S. is seeing the highest-ever rate of adult hospitalization in the last decade per a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
LIFE March 6, 2015
Adults over 30 get the flu much less often than children and adolescents, researchers find. Blood tests can reveal a "memory" of a person's past infections, allowing frequency to be determined, they say.
LIFE March 4, 2015
The flu season always brings problems but what if scientists and doctors could be a step ahead, predicting cases in advance with minimal error to aid how the U.S. could react? UC San Diego researchers say it’s possible.
LIFE February 3, 2015
The flu season is about halfway through and the good news is new cases are dropping throughout the United States. The bad news? Reports of deaths are increasing.
LIFE January 31, 2015
Tamiflu made by Roche is effective against influenza and reduces symptoms of the infection by about a day. The side effects related to the drug still remain hotly debated.
LIFE January 30, 2015
As flu hits hard this winter, researchers continue search for a "one and done" lifetime vaccination. Clinical trials on one candidate are to begin soon.
LIFE January 27, 2015
Flu vaccines are only effective 23 percent of the time this year, according to a new federal government report. What can be done to keep Americans healthy?
LIFE January 17, 2015
Public health officials stress the importance of antiviral medicines such as Tamiflu and Relenza this flu season because this year's vaccine provides reduced protection against the dominant strain.
LIFE January 10, 2015
Influenza is becoming an epidemic in the United States, the CDC has announced. Here are some tips on staying healthy this flu season.
LIFE January 2, 2015
Influenza is now an epidemic, according to the CDC, appearing in more than two-thirds of states. How can you be protected?
LIFE December 30, 2014
Despite flu vaccines, Rhode Island is experiencing an upswing in flu cases. Still, some protection is better than none, most especially when the flu season is starting to get into gear.
LIFE December 27, 2014
When it comes to infectious diseases, just being partly prepared is not good enough! Unfortunately, that’s the current state of affairs, according to a report.
LIFE December 21, 2014
It’s alive! Flu strains change all the time and scientists are hard at work trying to catch up. Even misses occur, vaccines still provide the best form of protection during the flu season.
LIFE December 16, 2014
A new study by researchers from the University of Florida suggests that immunizing school children against the flu also helps prevent the flu virus from spreading throughout their entire communities.
Internet Culture December 10, 2014
The flu season may regularly come but it’s never the same. A more severe strain of the influenza virus is making its rounds, highlighting the need for caution and vigilance.
LIFE December 10, 2014
Flu shots protect against the influenza virus but maybe not so much this year, as vaccines distributed turn out to be based on a different virus wreaking havoc in the country.
LIFE December 5, 2014