Encouraging more health workers to have flu jab needs new approach that connects on an emotional level

Persuading more health workers to have the flu jab to protect themselves and their patients cannot be done through facts and statistics alone, new research by a leading behavioural scientist from Kingston University has revealed. Instead it demands a new approach that connects with people emotionally to sustain immunisation rates at effective levels. Nearly one third of nurses, GPs and […]

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Flu virus could evolve resistance to pandemic drug: study

The influenza virus can evolve resistance to an anti-flu drug currently in development for use in pandemics but only if there are multiple genetic mutations, a study has found. Scientists at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Public Health England, have discovered that two genetic mutations would be needed for the virus to develop resistance to favipiravir, an experimental antiviral […]

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Flu season forecasts could be more accurate with access to health care companies’ data

In an era when for-profit companies collect a wealth of data about us, new research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that data collected by health care companies could—if made available to researchers and public health agencies—enable more accurate forecasts of when the next flu season will peak, how long it will last and how many people will […]

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Find the flu vaccine that’s right for you

School’s back in session, which means that germs that are carrying illnesses such as influenza can start to spread rapidly among classmates, and to their families outside of school. But the good news is that with a variety of flu vaccination options, almost everyone can find just the right one for their needs, says an expert at Baylor College of […]

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Flu vaccine protects pregnant women against pertussis

Research by Wits scientists shows that pregnant women vaccinated against influenza also have less pertussis infection. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Wits researchers at the MRC Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit (RMPRU) published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, which shows that pregnant […]

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