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Improved Vaccination Coverage Could Yield Major Health and Economic Impacts This Flu Season, Says Virginia Tech Expert

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Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

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Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

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Penn Study Pinpoints H3N2 Mutation in Last Year’s Flu Vaccine as Responsible for Lowered Efficacy

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The below average efficacy of last year’s influenza vaccine (which was only 20 to 30 percent effective) can be attributed to a mutation in the H3N2 strain, a new study reports. With the mutation, most people receiving the egg-grown vaccine did not have immunity against H3N2 viruses that circulated last year.

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Methotrexate Drug Holiday Improves Flu Vaccine Efficacy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

People with RA who stop taking methotrexate treatment for just two weeks after they have a seasonal flu shot can improve the vaccine’s efficacy without increasing RA disease activity, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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UGA, Sanofi Pasteur Develop New Broadly Protective Vaccines for H3N2 Influenza

Researchers have developed a vaccine candidate that protects against multiple co-circulating strains of H3N2 influenza isolated over five seasons following testing in mouse and ferret models.

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How Flu Shot Manufacturing Forces Influenza to Mutate

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Egg-based production causes virus to target bird cells, making vaccine less effective.

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Physicians React to Flu Forecasts, Recommend Preparing Now for Flu Season

Australia has seen its worst flu season on record and could indicate a rough season for the United States.

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Vanderbilt Leads International Effort to Develop Universal Flu Vaccine

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are leading an international effort to develop a universal influenza vaccine that would protect everyone against all strains of the flu anywhere in the world.

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Flu Forecasting Tool Uses Evolution to Make Earlier Predictions

A new flu forecasting tool built by scientists at the University of Chicago aims to make better predictions by combining data about how the virus spreads with an estimate of how much the current virus evolved compared to recent years.

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Squeamish About Shots? Some Advice for Flu Vaccination Season

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It’s human nature to be afraid of pain. UCLA Health offers advice on how to get through the flu shot.







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