Influenza (seasonal)

Flu vaccine hard to find as demand surges amid record hospitalizations

Pharmacies and clinics across North Texas reported dwindling supplies of flu vaccine Saturday as news of local deaths and record numbers of hospitalizations caused a spike in demand.
Some stores, such as the Preston Road Pharmacy in University Park, said they had been out of shots for days, even as hundreds of people kept calling. And at some stores where shots were available Saturday, supplies quickly ran out.

CDC reports most severe flu seasion in four years

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported widespread flu in more than 10 states, and levels are higher at this point in the flu season than they have been in the past four years.
Infectious Disease Specialist at Vanderbilt University William Schaffner said swine flu is causing more than 95 percent of flu cases, ABC News reports.

H1N1 Vaccine Running Out In Alberta, Flu Shot Expected To Be Gone By Friday

Alberta is running on the last of its H1N1 vaccines and there might not be any more left on the planet.
The Alberta government confirmed while they have secured 65,000 doses of the flu vaccine, the supply is expected to run out by Friday, reports CBC News.
Alberta Health Services said they've obtained the last doses available worldwide from an Italian manufacturer. It's unclear whether more – if any – of the vaccine will be produced.

Study finds giving Prevnar and flu vaccine together raises risk of fever

Fever is a common side effect of many vaccinations, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that one-third of people receiving Pfizer's ($PFE) Prevnar 13 develop a mild case. Flu vaccines also cause cases, prompting researchers to investigate a question--does giving the shots simultaneously raise the risk of fever?

More H1N1 cases confirmed, death count rising

H1N1 has been blamed for the deaths of 10 people in Alberta, and health officials worry the flu strain might be making its way east and are encouraging people to get the flu shot.
In Saskatchewan, six people have now died after contracting influenza.
Quebec's public health director, Horace Arruda, said the H1N1 strain is the most widespread, and those who got the flu shot in 2009 -- when a pandemic of H1N1 killed about 300 people in the province due to complications -- are no longer protected.

CDC announces first influenza deaths of the season

The Indiana State Department of Health is urging all Hoosiers to get vaccinated against influenza in response to the first confirmed influenza-associated deaths of the 2013-2014 flu season.


Nanoparticle vaccine offers better protection

Many viruses and bacteria infect humans through mucosal surfaces, such as those in the lungs, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract.


CDC warns H1N1 virus is causing severe flu in young adults

Each holiday season the festivities in a notable minority of households are disrupted by flu. Typically infants and seniors are most at risk of severe illness, but occasionally a strain that disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults emerges. Early evidence suggests 2013-2014 could be such a year.


Preserving Vaccines

Scientists studying microbes that live in volcanic hot springs have invented a way to preserve viruses that could someday change how vaccines are delivered in poor countries.