Influenza (seasonal)

World Health Organization releases influenza update

The World Health Organization released an update on influenza on March 24 that revealed influenza activity around the world continues to decline, except for influenza B, which increased in some areas.


Microneedle patch may increase influenza immunization rate

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering recently released study results rthat indicate people would be more likely to receive a flu shot using a patch embedded with microne


TapImmune Announces the Filing of New Intellectual Property for its Platform Expression System Polystart

TapImmune Inc., a clinical stage immunotherapy company specializing in the development of innovative vaccine technologies for the treatment of cancer and infectious disease has filed a new patent application for a novel technology platform designed to enhance the visibility of cancer or infected cells to a patient’s immune system, a critical aspect of an effective vaccine.

H1N1's dominance this flu season makes quadrivalent vaccines' broader protection moot Read more: H1N1's dominance this flu season makes quadrivalent vaccines' broader protection moot

The current flu season should have provided the first opportunity to gauge the impact of quadrivalent vaccines. However, the extra B strain in the quadrivalent vaccines has been rendered irrelevant by the almost total dominance of H1N1.

Self-Administration of Flu Vaccine with a Patch May be Feasible

The annual ritual of visiting a doctor’s office or health clinic to receive a flu shot may soon be outdated, thanks to the findings of a new study published in the journal Vaccine.

Study finds correlation between flu vaccination and decreased risk of stroke

A study recently conducted by researchers from the University of Lincoln and The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, found a correlation between patients who received the flu vaccine and a decreased risk of stroke.
The study, which was published in the Vaccine journal, found that patients who were vaccinated against the influenza virus early in the flu season showed a 24 percent decrease in risk of stroke. The study’s researchers also found a correlation between flu vaccination and decreased risk of heart attack in 2010.

Flu Scan for Feb 10, 2014

Study of Hajj group found flu cases, but no MERS-CoV
Most of a group of French pilgrims who traveled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj last fall had respiratory symptoms during their journey, and some had influenza, but none tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The 2013 Hajj drew more than a million foreign visitors to Saudi Arabia, the country hit hardest by MERS-CoV, which raised worries about possible spread of the virus.

Virus-like particles (VLPs) as vaccines, vectors and adjuvants Conference

Hosted by Fondation-Merieux.

From the Fondation-Merieux website: 

Vaccines are playing a major role in reducing the impact of infectious diseases. Nevertheless, vaccines have still to target important health problems. The development of individual viral proteins as vaccine candidates has met a limited success although these viral proteins were the targets of neutralizing antibodies mediating protection.

Alternative approaches are needed, and virus-like particles (VLPs) could contribute to progress in this regard.


CDC Publishes 2014 Immunization Schedule

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released their updated vaccination recommendations for adults of 19 years and above, having been approved back in October by a series of associations -including the Advisory Committee on Immunization, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.