Influenza

 
Are the Southern Hemisphere's High Influenza Rates a Warning for the North This Year?
October 06, 2022

Influenza rates were higher in Australia during the April-October season this year than they have been in 5 years. Should we be preparing now?

Phase 3 Trial Now Underway of Investigational mRNA-based Influenza Vaccine
September 20, 2022

Pfizer announced that the first participants have been dosed in a novel phase 3 efficacy clinical trial of its quadrivalent modified RNA influenza vaccine candidate.

Primary Care Can Help Restore US Antibiotic Stewardship, Starting with Flu Shots
August 30, 2022

Preventing viral infections with vaccination can keep the most vulnerable out of the hospital, reducing the risk of bacterial superinfections.

Antimicrobial Resistance During COVID-19 Gained New Ground: Expert Perspective
August 26, 2022

Widespread antibiotic prescribing in the first year of the pandemic set back US progress on the fight against antimicrobial resistance, says Anne Meneghetti, MD.

Three Flu Season Imperatives: Vaccinate the Young, the Old, and Everyone in Between
August 25, 2022

Influenza season in the southern hemisphere is "substantial," says Dr William Schaffner. To prepare: "Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!"

COVID-19, Flu, or Both—There are Always Patients on the Fence
August 24, 2022

The patients on the vaccine fence are the ones that take the extra time and, over time, an added measure of patience for the clinician.

US Vaccine Fatigue May Harbor Some Unrealistic Expectations
August 23, 2022

Vaccine fatigue in the US, says Vanderbilt University's William Schaffner, MD, is plentiful for vaccines that are are good—but not perfect.

Don't Call them "Boosters" Anymore and Other COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
August 22, 2022

Let's call the next round of COVID-19 shots "updated vaccines," and help the public understand the true role of this vaccination, says NFID's Schaffner.

William Schaffner, MD: "If It's Not Flu and It's Not COVID, It's Probably RSV"
August 19, 2022

Respiratory virus season is top of mind for Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and he says it's going to be a challenge.

Booster Fatigue, Vaccines are for Kids, and Other Obstacles to Adult Immunization in Primary Care
August 16, 2022

Adult vaccine awareness in the US is historically low and complicated this year by booster fatigue and lots of catch-up, says family physician Gretchen LaSalle, MD.