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Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 15th Feb 2018

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18 flu-related deaths in Ottawa this season, officials say

There have been 18 deaths from a total of 515 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu this season in Ottawa, but officials say the real number could be much higher. The deaths include 17 seniors over 70 and one younger adult, according to public health officials, who say that is "just the tip of the iceberg." "Not everyone gets tested for flu. So, yes, there could be more deaths...so we would expect there are more deaths out there where flu is likely a contributing factor," said Dr. Geneviève Cadieux, Ottawa's associate officer of health.
14th Feb 2018 - CBC


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Some May Consider Second Flu Vaccine

Anyone over 65 or with underlying health conditions who got a shot in August or early September of 2017 should also talk with their doctor about a second flu shot, said Dr. Hardesty, an emergency medicine physician at Texas Health Resources. "A second flu shot probably wouldn't be a bad idea and it's unlikely to cause any harm, so if it's a case where someone's in a situation where they got an early season shot and we have a long flu season, it might be a good idea for those patients to get a second immunization," said Dr. Hardesty.
13th Feb 2018 - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


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Socially active older women benefit from flu vaccine

Flu shots may be especially important for older women who are socially active, a study from Japan suggests. In a study of people over age 65, unvaccinated women who regularly participated in two or more social activities were twice as likely to report a flu infection as those who didn't participate in any such activities, the study authors report. At the same time, women who were vaccinated had no additional risk.
7th Feb 2018 - Business Insider

Flu shots important for socially active older women: Study


7th Feb 2018 - Deccan Chronicle

Older people at risk as flu vaccine rates fall

Low uptake of the winter flu vaccine across Europe is jeopardising the ability of health systems to protect against the next pandemic, the WHO has warned. Older people and other high-risk groups are at risk of “serious consequences” as a result of the declining uptake of the influenza vaccination, they say. Dr Andrea Ammon, director of ECDC, said all European Union states have signed up to the goal of reaching 75 per cent uptake among older people and other vulnerable groups, but these targets were not being reached.
7th Feb 2018 - Irish Times

Report: At-risk Europeans under-vaccinated against flu


7th Feb 2018 - CIDRAP


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Socially active older women benefit from flu vaccine

Flu shots may be especially important for older women who are socially active, a study from Japan suggests. In a study of people over age 65, unvaccinated women who regularly participated in two or more social activities were twice as likely to report a flu infection as those who didn’t participate in any such activities, the study authors report. At the same time, women who were vaccinated had no additional risk.
6th Feb 2018 - Reuters


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N.C. flu deaths climb to 95; elderly comprises nearly two-thirds of victims

In North Carolina, the death total from the 2017-18 flu season has climbed sharply again, reaching 95 for the week that ended Jan. 27. Twenty-one of the 27 new flu-related deaths were individuals ages 65 and older, while seven were ages 50 to 64.
1st Feb 2018 - Journal Now

Assisted living facilities take extra steps to protect elderly from flu virus

As the flu continues to hit Wisconsin hard, the elderly population is among the age groups more vulnerable to the virus. The state Department of Health Services shows flu activity has continued to increase statewide. Through the hard-hitting flu season, staff at assisted living centers, like Primrose Retirement Communities in Wausau, are taking several measures to keep their residents safe. Most residents were vaccinated in the fall
1st Feb 2018 - WSAW


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Flu After 65: Your Doctor May Miss It

Older adults always get hit hard with flu, with up to 85% of flu deaths usually happening in those age 65 and older, the CDC says. Yet doctors are less likely to order a flu test for adults in that age group, and they could miss diagnosing the flu, new research finds. Flu symptoms in older adults can differ from those of younger people, says Keipp Talbot, MD, associate professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is the senior author of the new study, published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "Not everyone who has flu has a fever, especially those over age 65," she says.
31st Jan 2018 - Webmd.com


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Vaccinated against influenza data indicates that 1.2 million Portuguese people aged 65 or over have been protected

About 1.2 million Portuguese aged 65 and over have been vaccinated against the flu, according to data from the 'Vaccinometer,' which monitors vaccination against this disease throughout the country
30th Jan 2018 - Noticias ao Minuto


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Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Although hospitalized older adults are at an increased risk for influenza morbidity and mortality, they are tested for the virus less often than their younger counterparts, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
29th Jan 2018 - Pulmonology Advisor


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Influenza: Less hospital admissions among the elderly if they are vaccinated

Older people who get vaccinated every year are less likely to be hospitalized for serious influenza infections - resulting in reduced mortality - than those who sporadically undergo vaccination. This is what emerges from a Spanish study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal
26th Jan 2018 - Quotidiano Sanita


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Flu deaths may be less likely with annual vaccination

Seniors who get a flu shot every year are less likely to be hospitalized with severe influenza infections or to die from them than those who get vaccinated only sporadically, a Spanish study suggests. Researchers looked at the effect of getting annual influenza vaccinations - in terms of preventing flu-related hospital admissions or death - in people age 65 or older admitted to 20 hospitals in Spain. Compared to people who got no vaccination during the current or three previous flu seasons, getting vaccinated in the current season and at least one previous season was 31 percent effective at preventing hospital admission for nonsevere cases of influenza, the study found.
25th Jan 2018 - Reuters

Repeat Influenza Vaccination Effective in Preventing Severe Influenza in Elderly


25th Jan 2018 - Infectious Disease Advisor

Flu strains have turned out different to what was expected, it is essential to get flu vaccine protection

According to the latest data provided by EuroMoMo, the European system for monitoring mortality, in recent weeks there has been an increase in mortality, largely due to an increase in deaths among the over 65s, particularly in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Scotland. One of the main causes have been the impact of influenza: according to specialists from the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases - SIMIT. Of the 140 serious cases, all in intensive care, 81% had at least one predisposing condition which led to the development of complications in the case of influenza infection. These serious cases identified are probably only the tip of the iceberg.
25th Jan 2018 - Meteo Web


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Too Few Older, Hospitalized Patients Getting Flu Tests

As a nasty flu season rages throughout the U.S., new research finds that one particularly vulnerable population often misses out on tests for the illness. Among hospitalized people, older patients are much less likely to be tested for flu than younger patients, the new study found. That's important, because the U.S. CDC says that people over 65 are among those most prone to severe, life-threatening cases of flu
24th Jan 2018 - U.S. News & World Report


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Contagion Speaks with National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Medical Director on Influenza

NFID’s medical director William Schaffner, MD, highlighted the importance of flu vaccines for adults 65 and older, saying, “You know, people aged 65 and older have a diminished immune system. It doesn’t work as well. It’s not as responsive as the immune system in younger people, and so, they are disproportionately made ill. They get more serious illness when they’re infected with influenza.” As older adults are at a higher risk for developing complications associated with flu, Schaffner stressed that it is the job of health care providers to be assertive when recommending that patients, especially those in this older population, get vaccinated.
23rd Jan 2018 - Businesswire.com


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Older Adults Less Likely to Have Provider-Ordered Flu Testing

In the U.S., older adults are less likely than younger adults to have provider-ordered influenza testing, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "Adults 65 years and older hospitalized with fever or respiratory symptoms during influenza season are less likely to have a provider-ordered influenza test than younger adults," the authors write. "Further strategies are needed to increase clinician awareness and testing in this vulnerable group."
22nd Jan 2018 - Doctors Lounge

Flu: Walloons take chances

In the Walloon area of Belgium, the flu vaccination rate has fallen, especially for the over 65s. A study has been carried out to find out why this is and how to reverse this trend. Proactive targeted campaigning is a possible solution, as well as making the process of getting vaccinated much faster and easier for patients
22nd Jan 2018 - Sudinfo.be

Improving vaccines for the elderly by blocking inflammation

By identifying why skin immunity declines in old age, a UCL-led research team has found that an anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective for elderly people. The study found that an excessive inflammation reaction in older people can obstruct the immune system. The researchers are planning a follow-up study which will test whether a flu vaccine is more effective for the elderly when combined with brief use of Losmapimod.
22nd Jan 2018 - EurekAlert


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Scotland's killer winter sees "highest elderly death rate in Europe"

Scotland is in the grip of a killer winter with the number of people dying at a 13-year high. Pensioners have been the worst hit, with the latest figures revealing Scotland’s death rate for over-65s is now the highest in western and southern Europe. Leading microbiologist Professor Hugh Pennington said the rise in pensioner deaths could be related to this year’s flu vaccine.
21st Jan 2018 - The Sunday Post

Practices sign up to trial for universal flu vaccine

More than 800 patients from GP practices in Berkshire and Oxfordshire in the UK have joined the world’s first NHS flu trial for a universal vaccine which could have a ‘major impact’ in cutting deaths from flu worldwide. The patients from six practices signed up after the first stage of the study launched last October and more will be recruited later this year. The trial is testing if giving the new vaccine to over 65s at the same time as the existing one could be more effective.
19th Jan 2018 - Pulse Today

Older hospitalized patients less likely to be tested for influenza

In the U.S., this year's flu season is shaping up to be an especially serious one, and it's important for clinicians to promptly recognize, diagnosis, and treat influenza in hospitalized patients, especially in vulnerable populations such as older individuals. A new study, however, indicates that adults aged 65 years and older who are hospitalized with fever or respiratory symptoms during influenza seasons are less likely to have a provider-ordered influenza test than younger patients.
19th Jan 2018 - News Medical.net

When It Comes To Flu Vaccine, Buyer Beware. Especially if You're Older

Dr. Lisa A. Grohskopf, CDC’s liaison with the APIC, explained that there are 13 different influenza vaccines available this season of which two are licensed for use in persons aged 65 years of age and older: Fluzone and Flublock. The best data including a study carried over two seasons and enrolling about 32,000 subjects are those for Fluzone. The improved efficacy ranges from 22-45% improvement as compared to standard dose vaccines depending on which population you are looking at. The APIC will not provide a specific “preference” for this vaccine because there might be differences across different flu seasons (only two were studied); it was not compared to other high dose or newer adjuvanted vaccines; and it is not clear that the manufacturer would have been able to provide it to a larger population
19th Jan 2018 - American Council on Science and Health

Iowa flu deaths more than double in a week, mainly among the elderly

The number of confirmed flu deaths in Iowa more than doubled in the past week, as the worst flu outbreak in years continues to spread, state authorities reported. Iowa officials have confirmed 29 flu deaths so far this winter, up from 14 reported a week ago. The elderly have been hit particularly hard, with 23 of the 29 victims being older than 80
19th Jan 2018 - Des Moines Register


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Connecticut Sees Rise In Flu Cases Among Elderly

Connecticut public officials say that hospitalizations for the flu have been on the rise over the past five weeks. The Department of Public Health says there have been 1,015 people diagnosed with the flu as of the first week in January. More than 450 people have been hospitalized with confirmed cases since late August. 70 percent of them are ages 65 and older. There have been 15 flu-related deaths in that age group
17th Jan 2018 - WSHU

Influenza hitting residential care facilities hard across Interior Health Authority

In Canada, procedures for dealing with outbreaks of influenza in residential care homes within the Interior Health Authority have prevented some seniors from returning to their homes and others from finding one. Medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema confirmed there have been complaints from people who have left their residential care facility for a medical procedure at an acute care facility, only to be told they cannot yet return because an outbreak has occured when they were gone
16th Jan 2018 - InfoTel News Ltd


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What Should You Know And Do About The Flu If You Are Over Age 65?

While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease, the CDC says. They are encouraged to get a flu shot as well as take other preventative measures to protect themselves from the virus
16th Jan 2018 - Greeneville Sun


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Nursing homes work to keep flu away

In the U.S., with another peak week of influenza cases reported around North Dakota, and the entire nation under a widespread flu status, nursing home officials said prevention efforts are in place to protect the elderly with one area outbreak reported. There have been 16 reported outbreaks of influenza-like illness in long-term or basic care settings statewide this flu season, said Jill Baber, influenza epidemiologist at the Division of Disease Control at the North Dakota Department of Health. Patients were given antiviral medication for influenza symptoms, she said. No residents needed to be hospitalized
14th Jan 2018 - Jamestown Sun


Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 15th Jan 2018

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Elderly and young children worst hit as flu cases double

In Ireland, the number of flu cases reported in the first week of this year was almost double that of the same period last year and it is the over-65s and children who face the greatest risk of contracting the virus. The over-65s face a greater risk of contracting flu compared to other adults. One GP warned the spread of the virus is complicated by patients refusing the flu vaccine or presenting at clinics unnecessarily.
13th Jan 2018 - Independent.ie


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Two dozen Maine nursing homes report flu outbreaks, severe season predicted

Maine’s winter flu season is moving into high gear, jumping last week to the top-level “widespread” status and taking hold among nursing home residents, according to the weekly influenza report from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Most affected to date may be residents of Maine nursing homes, with 10 facilities reporting new outbreaks last week for a total of 24 outbreaks so far in long-term care facilities.
12th Jan 2018 - Bangor Daily News

GPs asked to prescribe antivirals to "well" patients in care homes to prevent flu

GPs in the south east of England are being asked to prescribe Tamiflu to ‘well’ patients in nursing homes, with local GP leaders saying the task is ‘taking them away from more important work’ this winter.
11th Jan 2018 - Pulse Today


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Repeat Flu Shots Offer Lingering Benefits in Elderly: Study

A new study has found that older adults who get the shot every flu season were less likely to die or be hospitalized with severe complications. People over 65 who got the flu shot every year but were taken to the hospital with influenza were twice as likely not to get severe complications of flu or die, according to the study
10th Jan 2018 - NBC 6 South Florida

Repeated vaccination cuts influenza risk in older adults


9th Jan 2018 - The Pioneer

Annual flu shots help keep seniors out of hospital


10th Jan 2018 - Citizen.co.za

Multiple flu vaccinations may prevent death, serious infection


10th Jan 2018 - Clinical Advisor


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Study reinforces importance of repeated annual flu vaccination in older adults

A study on repeated flu vaccination in older adults found that it lowers the odds of severe disease by 55% and death by 56%. The authors concluded that the prevention of severe and fatal infection caused by influenza vaccination may be greater than that estimated in previous studies, reinforcing the recommendation of annual vaccination for influenza in older adults.
9th Jan 2018 - Pharmaceutical Journal

US Influenza Outbreak: Could Repeated Vaccinations Be The Answer?


9th Jan 2018 - International Business Times

Repeat Flu Shots Offer Lingering Benefits in Elderly: Study


9th Jan 2018 - NBC 4 New York

US Flu Outbreak: Repeated Influenza Vaccinations Could Reduce Spread, Study Finds


9th Jan 2018 - International Business Times

Repeated Vaccination May Prevent Severe Flu in Older People


8th Jan 2018 - MedPage Today

Ohio numbers rise in flu hospitalizations, seniors most at risk

In response to news that flu activity in Ohio is now widespread, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Aging urge older Ohioans and their families to be aware of seniors' elevated risk of complications from flu and take steps to prevent its spread.
10th Jan 2018 - WFMJ


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Repeated influenza vaccination helps prevent severe flu in older adults

Repeated vaccination for influenza in older adults reduced the severity of the virus and reduced hospital admissions, found new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Spanish researchers looked at the effect of repeated influenza vaccinations in the current and 3 previous seasons in people aged 65 years and older admitted to 20 Spanish hospitals to determine whether repeat vaccination reduced severe influenza. They found repeated influenza vaccination was twice as effective in preventing severe influenza in people admitted to hospital for the virus, compared with nonsevere cases, and that this effect was consistent regardless of flu season, virus subtypes or age of patient
8th Jan 2018 - Eurekalert

Repeated vaccination can reduce the risk of flu in older adults


8th Jan 2018 - The Health Site

Flu Shots Help Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital


8th Jan 2018 - Webmd.com

Repeated influenza vaccination helps prevent severe flu in older adults


8th Jan 2018 - Science Daily

Annual jabs protect over-65s from worst virus


8th Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

Study: Annual flu shot keeps seniors out of the hospital


8th Jan 2018 - UPI.com

White Coat, Black Art


8th Jan 2018 - CBC.ca (blog)

Repeated vaccinations help prevent influenza in older adults


8th Jan 2018 - Asian Age

Repeated influenza vaccination may reduce flu severity


8th Jan 2018 - India Today

Flu shots: Repeated influenza vaccination helps prevent severe flu in older adults


8th Jan 2018 - Outbreak News Today

Repeated influenza vaccination for preventing severe and fatal influenza infection in older adults: a multicentre case–control study


8th Jan 2018 - cmaj.ca

Shona Robison concerned over flu jab uptake among some groups

Scotland's Health Secretary Shona Robison has expressed concern that people under 65 with underlying health conditions have not had their annual flu vaccination. She said rates of vaccination were "broadly" in line with last year with rates "up a bit" for pregnant women and children. However, Ms Robison added: "Where there is a concern is for those who are under 65 with an underlying health condition - we want more of those people to go and get vaccinated because we know that the impact of flu on them can be very very severe indeed."
8th Jan 2018 - BBC


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Gloucestershire care homes hit by flu outbreaks and people urged to stay away if they have symptoms

In the UK, health chiefs are urging people not to visit care homes if they have flu symptoms due to an increasing number of outbreaks in Gloucestershire care homes. Public Health England say there were 19 flu outbreaks at care homes in Gloucestershire between October 2 and December 18 last year, the latest figures available. That means there were 19 reported incidents in care homes in which two or more linked cases of flu were identified during that period.
5th Jan 2018 - Gloucestershire Live.co.uk

Flu kills four elderly Iowans, as serious outbreak worsens

Flu viruses are taking a toll among Iowa’s elderly residents, amid one of the most severe flu outbreaks the state has seen in recent years. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that it has recorded four recent deaths from flu-related illnesses. The average age of the victims was 86. Three of the four had other health issues that could have made them more susceptible to flu complications.
5th Jan 2018 - Des Moines Register.com

Most older adults think nursing homes should require staff flu shots

Almost three-quarters of older adults think nursing homes should require all staff to get the influenza vaccine and most said they would be less likely to choose to reside in a particular nursing home if they knew that a percentage of staff was not vaccinated, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Michigan.
5th Jan 2018 - Healio.com


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Study: Flu shots may offer senior living communities a competitive advantage

Senior living communities that successfully encourage flu vaccination among staff members may have a marketing advantage over competing communities, a new study suggests. Seventy-three of respondents said that medical staff members at assisted living and nursing homes should be vaccinated against influenza, and 71% said that nonmedical staff should be vaccinated
4th Jan 2018 - McKnight's Senior Living

New Poll Shows Adults Want Nursing Homes, Care Facilities To Require Flu Shots


3rd Jan 2018 - CBS Miami

Nursing homes should require flu shots for all staff and patients, most older adults say


3rd Jan 2018 - Science Daily

"Influenza is here" with outbreaks at 5 Vancouver Island care homes

In Canada, Vancouver Island health authorities are expecting a more severe than usual flu season with outbreaks confirmed in at least five care facilities on Vancouver Island. Medical Health Officer Paul Hasselback said outbreak precautions are in place at several facilities to help protect vulnerable elderly residents. Hasselback said even though controversy persists over the effectiveness of flu vaccines, they remain the best influenza prevention tool currently available.
4th Jan 2018 - Yahoo News Canada


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Nursing homes should require flu shots for all staff and patients, most older adults say

As flu season swings into high gear, a new poll suggests that nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should be doing more to get their staff and patients vaccinated before it's too late. Nearly three-quarters of people over age 50 surveyed in a new poll say that all staff in such facilities should definitely be required to get the flu vaccine. More than 60 percent also say that all patients in nursing homes and assisted living should definitely get vaccinated too
3rd Jan 2018 - Eurekalert

Nursing Homes Should Require Flu Shots for All Staff and Patients, Poll Indicates


3rd Jan 2018 - Infection Control Today

Seniors Say Flu Shot a Must for Nursing Home Staff


3rd Jan 2018 - WebMD.com


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Flu outbreak: Children and older people at risk from two strains of flu active in Ireland as number of hospitalisations set to rise

In Ireland, almost 200 people have been hospitalised with the flu this season amid warnings that both young and elderly people are at risks from two strains of the virus. Elderly people are most at risk from this strain of flu, especially those with pre-existing conditions. Meanwhile, influenza B predominantly affects younger people aged four to 15
2nd Jan 2018 - Irish Independent


Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 28th Dec 2017

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How flu shots for the young can prevent pneumonia among seniors

Seniors are advised to get a flu shot every year, but the immune systems of older people just don’t work as well as those of younger people, so they don’t always mount a good response to the vaccine. Young people, on the other hand, do respond well to the shot, and if they avoid flu infection, there will simply be less flu virus circulating in the air that could infect seniors
27th Dec 2017 - CTV News

Flu-like symptoms affected 33 senior living residents

In Indiana, local health officials are optimistic an outbreak of a flu-like illness at a senior living community has been contained. After ISDH Field Epidemiologist Jill Stauffer received the report, she immediately contacted Parkside officials to provide them with immediate procedures necessary to follow to reduce the risk of further infection
26th Dec 2017 - The Republic

Very virulent flu epidemic spreading through France

In France, the flu epidemic has now spread to 8 regions, and is affecting older people worse than any other group, as they tend to be more vulnerable, and are often housed in very warm accommodation without proper hydration. Flu vaccination remains the best defence againt the virus
27th Dec 2017 - FranceTV Info


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Nearly two-thirds of people in East Staffordshire did not get a flu vaccine, but two thirds of over-65s did

Nearly two-thirds of people in East Staffordshire have failed to get a flu vaccine in the run-up to winter, Government figures show. Figures reveal the amount of people registered as patients with East Staffordshire CCG who arranged flu vaccinations between September 1 and November 30: of those patients, 67.6 per cent of people in the borough aged 65 and above got the vaccine, 16,687 out of a possible 24,692
22nd Dec 2017 - Burton Mail


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Health authorities still have flu vaccines. So far they've only reached 70% of their target high risk groups

In Mexico, health authorities still have flu vaccine, even though the flu season is nearing its end. The local population is still hesitating about whether to get vaccinated or not and only around 70 percent of the doses have been dished out, according to the head of Preventive Medicine at the Ministry of Health, Tizoc Vejar Aguirre. "One million flu jabs have been given, 1,400,000 to be exact, and we are at about 65-70 percent coverage according to IMSS, ISSSTE, and Secretary of Health guidelines."
21st Dec 2017 - Notisistema


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Aged carer provider Japara reveals impact of flu outbreak

Aged care provider Japara Healthcare has revealed its occupancy rate was dramatically hit by the deadly Australian flu season, which claimed the lives of a number of its residents. The company told the market today that its occupancy rate during fiscal 2018 had been impacted by the unusually severe influenza outbreak, which it said was experienced across south eastern Australia. Japara’s occupancy levels declined from 94.2 per cent at June 2017 to a low of 91.7 per cent at September. The deadly flu season had hit Australia a month earlier than usual, and after the peak had claimed nearly 600 lives, mostly the elderly.
19th Dec 2017 - The Australian


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Flu: "We do not take enough into account the vulnerability of the elderly."

"Last year, the flu epidemic caused nearly 15,000 deaths - mostly elderly people, and every time there is a crisis of this magnitude, the means deployed by public authorities are not enough," says Romain Gizolme, director of the Association of Directors in the Service of the Elderly (AD-PA) in France. " The vulnerability of the elderly to the influenza virus is clearly not sufficiently taken into account ," he continued, and requires more planning, resources and strategic policy input
18th Dec 2017 - France Info


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Doctors warn deadly flu strain has arrived in Middle Tennessee

The same deadly flu strain that hit Australia is here in Middle Tennessee, and doctors say it’s especially a concern for older people. Infectious disease Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says the H3N2 strain came early, and they are already seeing people hospitalized. Dr. Schaffner says those age 65 or older are especially susceptible
14th Dec 2017 - Wate.com

Reduced immune response to the flu identified in older adults

There is no demographic more at risk for succumbing to the negative effects of the flu than the elderly population. A new study of the influenza virus from researchers at Yale School of Medicine helps to illustrate this point, finding that aging impairs the immune system’s response to the flu virus in more ways than one. “Influenza virus mortality is the highest in older adults. This study sheds light on a mechanism that underlies this impaired antiviral response,” said senior author Akiko Iwasaki
14th Dec 2017 - Belmarra Health.com


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Aging impairs innate immune response to flu

Aging impairs the immune system's response to the flu virus in multiple ways, weakening resistance in older adults, according to a Yale study. The research reveals why older people are at increased risk of illness and death from flu, the researchers said. They concluded that "in older adults, we might have to use a different strategy to treat and immunize against flu.` `We need to find a way to boost antiviral defense that does not rely on interferon production. For vaccines, we need to find an adjuvant that would still stimulate the innate immune response in older adults.`
13th Dec 2017 - Medical Express

CPAM and CHU launch innovative hospital vaccination scheme

People with long-term afflictions are at an increased risk of severe infections with significant comorbidity and mortality risks so remain the group least well covered by immunization coverage, including flu vaccination. Consequently, CPAM and the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand have devised a method that allows for these people to be vaccinated directly by their medical specialist during an outpatient visit to the hospital
12th Dec 2017 - Journal de lEco


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Post-flu risks a growing concern for the elderly

Infectious disease experts are warning that flu can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and disability in elderly patients for months after they have recovered from their illness. Evidence has been growing over the last several years about post-flu risks that most people and even some physicians don’t know about, according to William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Schaffner said the high-dose influenza vaccine is effective in older adults with four times as much vaccine as the normal vaccine. A second vaccine for the elderly was licensed for the first time last year and has an adjuvant.
12th Dec 2017 - Tennessean.com

Aging impairs innate immune response to flu

Aging impairs the immune system’s response to the flu virus in multiple ways, weakening resistance in older adults, according to a Yale study. The research reveals why older people are at increased risk of illness and death from flu, the researchers said. They concluded that "in older adults, we might have to use a different strategy to treat and immunize against flu.” “We need to find a way to boost antiviral defense that does not rely on interferon production. For vaccines, we need to find an adjuvant that would still stimulate the innate immune response in older adults.”
12th Dec 2017 - Yale.edu


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Risk of heart attacks, strokes rises after cold snap, NHS England warns

There is an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the days immediately after a cold snap, NHS England has warned. NHS England national director for acute care Keith Willett said: 'Those with pre-existing heart and lung conditions and particularly the elderly should take care to keep their homes properly heated and get their flu jabs". The number of emergency admissions is also linked to colder weather causing the spread of viruses, including the flu
11th Dec 2017 - rcni.com


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Families Fighting Flu Shines a Spotlight on Grandparents in New Influenza Prevention Videos

Families Fighting Flu announces the availability of a new video series on the importance of annual flu vaccination for seniors. The Protecting Grandparents from the Flu series features the Miller family and their battle with influenza when daughter, Caroline, nearly died from flu complications at the age of five. She was rushed between three hospitals and lay in a medically-induced coma for two weeks while her small body struggled to recover
7th Dec 2017 - PR Newswire

Make a Difference by Being a Vaccine Insister!

William Schaffner, MD, Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, writes "National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), an annual event created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a great time for healthcare professionals to highlight the importance of annual flu vaccination for everyone age six months and older. Unfortunately, it seems that not everyone has gotten the message about flu vaccines and many vulnerable individuals remain unprotected. NIVW also reminds healthcare professionals to strongly recommend flu shots to their patients, especially those at high risk, including adults age 65 years and older"
7th Dec 2017 - Huffington Post


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A retiree went to get vaccinated, saw the medical centre in poor condition and made a donation of $5000

A retiree went to get vaccinated, saw the medical centre in poor condition and made a donation of $5000. After receiving the vaccine, the man approached the health centre authorities, asked for an account number to make a donation and then did so. Then he took his receipt and the surprise came later from surprised employees. "He said he wanted to make a donation, and asked if it was possible to provide him with an account number to make the deposit, he was given the number and subsequently approached us with the deposit receipt," the director of the Health Region 3 of Santa Fe, Natalia Anaya told the local media." We could not believe it !"
6th Dec 2017 - Infobae.com

In a gesture of solidarity in Santo Tomé a man went to get vaccinated and ended up donating 500,000 pesos


6th Dec 2017 - La 100 Cienradios.com

New clinician resource available explains biological impact of aging on immunity and the importance of vaccines

The American College of Physicians, the American Pharmacists Association and the Gerontological Society of America have released 'Aging and Immunity: The Important Role of Vaccines', a new resource highlighting the biological impact of aging on immunity. Funded by GSK, the guidebook is designed to help health care professionals understand the biological impact of aging on immunity and reinforce the importance of adult immunization, especially for vaccine-preventable diseases such as shingles, pneumonia, and influenza
6th Dec 2017 - Pharmacist.com


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Flu Can Have Dangerous Domino Effect on Older Adults

Even months after recovering from the flu, older people remain at increased risk for a heart attack, stroke or disability, a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases warns. "We all know about the illness influenza causes -- obviously fever and making you feel poorly, aches and pains -- and that is because it sets up a systemic inflammatory response," said Dr. William Schaffner. "Not as well known: In the two weeks to a month after you recover from influenza, you have a three to five times increased risk of having a heart attack," Schaffner said. "You have a two to three times increased risk of having a stroke"
3rd Dec 2017 - U.S. News & World Report

Third of over 65's missed last year's flu vaccination

According to Public Health Wales a third of the over 65s in Wales missed out on getting protection against influenza last year, despite the vaccine being made free of charge as part of NHS care. Pensioners are now being urged to protect themselves as early as possible and get their vaccine before influenza starts circulating in Wales
2nd Dec 2017 - ITV News


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Flu vaccination is being shunned by the over 65s in Brittany according to figures

Since the launch of the seasonal flu vaccination campaign at the start of October, 114,686 Bretons have received an invitation to get vaccinated free of charge by Health Insurance Fund (CPAM). But only about 40,500, or 35.3% have responded to date. That's five percentage points less than last year at the same time. The concern for health experts is this at risk group, people aged over 65, are most in the firing line for dangerous secondary consequences of the flu
30th Nov 2017 - Le Télégramme

Cotes d'Armor. CPAM is worried about the low vaccination rate against flu amongst the over 65s


30th Nov 2017 - Ouest-France


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It does not make sense for people not to get vaccinated; flu vaccines are very safe and effective

H3N2 is the flu virus feared this winter, a subtype is potentially more serious and makes the elderly and the more vunerable susceptible. The Directorate-General for Health is calling for them to get a vaccination, doubts that may still exist need to be dispelled and prevention by vaccination remains the best route
29th Nov 2017 - Expresso

Doctors urge Malvern residents aged over 65 to get flu vaccination

In the UK, doctors across Malvern are encouraging people aged 65 and over to get their flu vaccination this winter. Anyone aged 65 and above or who is in one of the other at risk groups is asked to arrange a free flu vaccination by contacting their GP surgery or local pharmacy
29th Nov 2017 - Malvern Observer

Age Cymru issues influenza warning to the over 65s in Wales

With the annual NHS influenza immunisation programme in Wales well underway, Age Cymru is urging pensioners to get their flu vaccination as soon as possible. According to Public Health Wales a third of the over 65s in Wales missed out on getting protection against influenza last year, despite the vaccine being made free of charge as part of NHS care
29th Nov 2017 - Abergavenny Chronicle


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Elderly at risk for heart problems after contracting flu virus

Older adults can have a higher risk for heart attack and stroke for up to a month post-flu. Two flu vaccines are recommended for people over age 65: a high-dose vaccine and another designed to help the shot work better
28th Nov 2017 - NBC Right Now

People aged 65 and over urged to get protected against flu

In the UK, Public Health Wales is reminding older people that they are more at risk of complications if they catch influenza than the general population. Latest vaccine uptake data shows that many older people in Wales – just over half of those aged 65 and over – have already had their flu vaccine this year. But those who haven’t remain at risk, and are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible
28th Nov 2017 - Deeside.com

Free flu jabs for care home workers

Commenting on NHS England’s decision to offer free flu vaccinations to care home workers, Professor Martin Green, chief executive of independent provider representative body Care England, said his organisation had long campaigned on the issue. The International Longevity Centre – UK has praised the long-called for decision and is urging the Government to ensure that homecare workers are also reimbursed for the immunisation, so that they can protect the people they care for from the flu
28th Nov 2017 - Care info.org


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In Italy, fewer and fewer elderly people are getting flu jabs

In Italy, between 2008 and 2016, the percentage of over 65s to be vaccinated against the flu has dropped by 18%. Now less than one in two people are seeking flu protection, even though it is free. Eurostat research confirmed that numbers stand at 46.8% in Italy. Netherlands (67%) and the United Kingdom see around (71%) of the people getting flu jabs, while, only around 2% have been vaccinated in Latvia, Bulgaria and Estonia
27th Nov 2017 - EU News

Influenza: older people most at risk

In Belgium, a study shows that few people over 65 get vaccinated against the flu when more than 90% of flu related deaths are among that age group. WHO recommends that 75% of the over 65s should get immunised
27th Nov 2017 - Le Soir

Vale residents urged to get their flu vaccination this winter

Doctors across Evesham and Pershore are encouraging people aged 65 and over to get their flu vaccination this winter. They should ask their GP, practice nurse or pharmacist about getting the free annual flu vaccine
27th Nov 2017 - Evesham Observer

When it Comes to Flu, Docs Should be "Vaccine Insisters"

William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, explains how Australia had a severe flu season this year, with influenza A H3N2 as the major virus. Because this strain causes more severe disease, particularly among older adults, Schaffner emphasized the importance of the high-dose flu vaccine for older patients, and advised clinicians to "be a vaccine insister" this flu season
27th Nov 2017 - MedPage Today


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Older people urged to get flu vaccine

Dr Gregor Smith, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, said: “Over the last five years, some 500 deaths have occurred each winter which can be attributable or related to flu. The vaccine provides the best defence and getting it early is vital. I’d encourage those eligible to make their flu vaccination a priority and book an appointment with their GP practice today."
24th Nov 2017 - TheGazette.co.uk


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Winter deaths rise 40% as flu jab fails elderly

Deaths jumped 40 per cent last winter in the UK after the flu vaccine failed to protect the elderly, official figures show. Some 34,300 more people died between December and March, mainly the elderly — one of the highest figures in recent years. Last year’s flu vaccine was 66 per cent effective in children and 41 per cent effective in adults under 65. However, it had no effect on older people
23rd Nov 2017 - The Times

Ask a Geriatrician: Which flu shot should I get?

This season, the federal U.S. CDC recommends only injectable flu shots (no nasal sprays). This year there are two types of flu shots for people older than 65. The high-dose flu shot has more antigens to help older adults develop a stronger immune response and better protect against the flu. The adjuvant flu shot also has been shown to have a stronger immune response compared with a regular flu shot. Both the high-dose and adjuvant flu shots are approved for people older than 65
23rd Nov 2017 - Daily Progress.com


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Rise in 'excess deaths' for elderly last winter 'likely due to flu'

There were more than 34,000 "excess deaths" across England and Wales over the last winter period, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. The ONS said the rise "is likely due to the predominant strain of flu prevalent during the 2016 to 2017 winter which had greater impact on the elderly than the young". During the 2016/17 flu season the vaccine was not found to be significantly effective in protecting against influenza among over-65s, but they still ought to get vaccinated
22nd Nov 2017 - Times and Star

Rise in ‘excess deaths’ for elderly last winter ‘likely due to flu’


22nd Nov 2017 - Lancashire Telegraph Newspaper

'Excess winter deaths' up 40% compared to last year


22nd Nov 2017 - Yahoo!

ONS report reveals over 20% excess deaths in Britain's winter months


22nd Nov 2017 - Xinhua

Failed flu vaccine to blame for ‘thousands of deaths last winter’


22nd Nov 2017 - The Sun

‘Thousands of elderly are killed by flu and respiratory diseases’


22nd Nov 2017 - Yorkshire Post

Get yourself vaccinated against the flu in order to prevent respiratory illnesses

Armenia, 17 de noviembre de 2017. Over the last few months the city of Armenia has seen 4 cases of acute respiratory infection. Three of these people died due to complications and coinfections with other illnesses. People in these groups are particularly vulnerable and at risk when the contract flu, that is why getting vaccinated is so important
22nd Nov 2017 - Eje21

Infectious disease experts warn about post-flu risks in elderly patients

Infectious disease experts are warning that flu can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and disability in elderly patients for months after they have recovered from their illness. "We have a couple of vaccines now that are particularly designed and licensed for use in older adults and that is because they produce an enhanced immune response in this population," said William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Disease.
22nd Nov 2017 - News Medical


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Influenza: booster vaccine extends protection in very elderly patients

An additional booster vaccination in elderly individuals during the same epidemic may confer a long-lasting antibody response to maintain innate, age-related declines in seroprotection rates (PRs). In addition to familiarity with the updated CDC guidance for the 2017-2018 season, clinicians may consider offering additional boosters during same epidemic to elderly patients.
21st Nov 2017 - Univadis.co.uk


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Influenza vaccination important - especially for at-risk groups

The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) strongly recommends flu vaccination especially for certain groups of people who are at particular risk for severe complications: pregnant women, over 60s, residents of nursing homes, carers and all medical staff
20th Nov 2017 - Frauenaerzte im Netz

Assertive Approach Recommended for Flu Vaccination Discussions

William Schaffner, MD, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID) and infectious disease physician at Vanderbilt, explains how health care providers can work towards getting patients who are aged 65 and older to receive a flu shot, using a very assertive approach
20th Nov 2017 - Pharmacy Times

Another call for better aged care standards

In Australia, the daughter of a Latrobe aged care resident who almost died in an influenza outbreak, has added to calls for improvements in aged care standards. A review by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency of how Strathdevon and an interstate aged care facility dealt with the influenza outbreak, which killed six Strathdevon residents, revealed errors in infection control
20th Nov 2017 - The Advocate


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Review audits highlight skill gaps in infection control

In Australia, the Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt ordered an agency review of the St John’s facilities in Wangaratta, Victoria and Uniting AgeWell Strathdevon in La Trobe, northwest Tasmania following the deadly influenza outbreak in August and September. At Stathdevon, 76 per cent of residents had received the 2017 flu vaccine, however only 36 per cent of staff were vaccinated. At St John’s retirement village nursing home, approximately 45 per cent of staff were vaccinated and 33 per cent of residents
17th Nov 2017 - Australian Ageing Agenda


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Catching the flu is troubling, we are seeing a boom of vaccinations among the elderly: the Vercelli area exceeds the regional average for people seeking vaccination

The numbers being vaccinated is rising each year. "This year," explains Gabriele Bagnasco, health expert said, "we have bought over 28,000 doses." For the 2017 campaign, ASL is counting on deeper coordination with family physicians, who make the initial selection and physically administer the vaccinations
16th Nov 2017 - La Stampa


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Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn unveils action plan for seniors

Ontario has launched a new plan aimed at increasing the community supports available to its growing seniors population. The plan includes an annual high-dose influenza vaccine, targeted to protect seniors, available free of charge as part of the Ontario Universal Influenza Immunization Program. Beginning in the 2018-19 flu season, Ontario will invest $17 million per year into this program
15th Nov 2017 - Inside Halton.com


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Aged-care visitors pose flu risk: Vic govt

Aged care home staff and visitors should be part of a multi-pronged vaccination program following flu deaths at two facilities in two states, the Victorian government says. The recommendation from Health Minister Jill Hennessy follows a federal government review that found only one-third of workers at two regional aged care homes in Victoria and Tasmania received shots before a deadly outbreak killed 16 residents
14th Nov 2017 - The West Australian

How could an adjuvanted vaccine help GPs tackle flu?

With the NHS poised to faced one of the worst flu seasons in recent years, experts have raised concerns that the elderly in particular could fare poorly. RCGP immunisation lead Dr George Kassianos has championed use of an adjuvanted vaccine, which will not be available for UK GPs to order until the 2018/19 season onwards. He said it was ‘a shame’ that the vaccine was not licensed for use in the UK until next year, and urged practices to order it for next year
14th Nov 2017 - GP online

Latrobe nursing home where six people died during flu outbreak on notice following audit

A Tasmanian nursing home where six people died during a flu outbreak in August could be hit with sanctions if it does not improve its quality of care by mid-December. The review found while the organisation arranged influenza vaccinations, only 27 of 76 staff were immunised. Council of the ageing chief executive Sue Leitch said it showed there was a need for mandatory vaccinations for aged care employees
14th Nov 2017 - ABC.Net.au

Review into influenza outbreaks in aged care reveals more needs to be done

The review of the St Johns facilities in Wangaratta, Victoria and the Strathdevon facility in Latrobe, Tasmania, were at the heart of the review ordered by Federal Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt and conducted by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has moved to make it mandatory for aged care facilities to implement flu vaccination programs for staff, with Chief Medical Officer Dr Brendan Murphy currently examining all options to increase vaccination rates
13th Nov 2017 - Talking Aged Care


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Staff blamed for deadly flu outbreak in nursing homes

In Australia, poor management and low staff vaccination levels are being blamed for this year’s deadly flu outbreak in nursing homes across the country. A report released by the Government on Monday found that only one-third of staff members at nursing homes in Victoria and Tasmania affected by the flu outbreak were vaccinated
13th Nov 2017 - Starts at 60

Only one third of staff vaccinated in nursing homes hit with deadly flu: review


14th Nov 2017 - SBS

Aged care homes handling of deadly flu outbreak ‘unacceptable’


13th Nov 2017 - The Australian

Vaccines Every Caregiver Should Know About

As we age, our immune systems age along with us and get a little weaker, putting us at heightened risk for certain diseases. So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults age 60 and older receive various vaccinations, including an annual flu shot
13th Nov 2017 - Parade

Ten flu deaths at nursing home amid serious management failure

A fatal flu outbreak at a Wangaratta nursing home in Australia, where 10 residents died of influenza and two others from respiratory illness, was worsened by serious management failures, a scathing government audit has found. In response to influenza outbreaks in Victorian and Tasmanian nursing homes, Health Minister Greg Hunt made it mandatory for aged care facilities to implement flu vaccination programs for staff
13th Nov 2017 - The Age


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Be Ready the Government launches winter campaign to inform the public to get the flu vaccine and take care of the elderly this coming winter

In Ireland, the Government​ has launched a Be Ready winter campaign in a bid to inform people to take extra precautions this coming winter. It is understood the campaign is aimed at older people and it encourages the elderly and those with medical conditions to get thee flu vaccine as soon as possible
9th Nov 2017 - theliberal.ie

Minister urges flu vaccine uptake as winter-ready campaign launched


9th Nov 2017 - Irish Examiner

Hamilton researchers propose study of new high-dose flu shot

Hamilton researchers want to study the new high-dose flu shot that the province plans to give seniors next year. There are two flu shots that have been specifically developed for seniors: one is the vaccine the province has chosen, which contains higher doses of the protein that leads to an antibody response, and the other is an adjuvant vaccine
9th Nov 2017 - TheSpec.com

Province unveils new action plan for seniors

A one-stop website for seniors, free high-dose flu shots and $15 million over two years for 'naturally occurring' retirement communities are part of a new provincial strategy for seniors. 'Aging With Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors' was unveiled Thursday by Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth. Seniors will also get a free, yearly, high-dose flu vaccine at a cost of $17 million per year starting in the 2018-19 flu season
9th Nov 2017 - BarrieToday

More than 1m Portguese people have already been vaccinated against this winter's flu

About one million Portuguese aged 65 and over have already been vaccinated against the flu this year. Among the non-vaccinated population, 34.4 percent say they still intend to get vaccinated. Vaccinometer data shows an improvement over the number vaccinated at the same time last year.
9th Nov 2017 - RTP


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Should Grandparents Get Flu Shots? Experts Explain

A startling 90 percent of deaths from the flu occur among the elderly, according to Healthline. While every adult should receive a flu shot, it's especially important for pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone interacting on a daily basis with a newborn baby. "It is important to remember that babies aren’t vaccinated themselves against flu until they reach 6 months of age," explains Amesh Adalja, MD, who studies pandemics and infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
8th Nov 2017 - Romper


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Covering the Bases: Medicare Part B covers 100 percent of flu vaccinations

Medicare follows the U.S. CDC recommendation that people receive their annual flu vaccination. CDC states: It has been recognized for many years that people ages 65 and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people ages 65 and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease
5th Nov 2017 - Capital Gazette.com

Stronger flu vaccines coming next year

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt is confident a stronger flu vaccine targeting the elderly will help minimise cases and deaths next year. "The signs are we will have the new A-strain vaccine that will protect seniors next year," Mr Hunt told reporters
3rd Nov 2017 - News.com.au


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Hello, have you thought about getting vaccinated agains the flu?

In France the over 65s are likely to get a phone call from their local national health insurance centre, as too few older people get vaccinated against the flu, and need to be encouraged to do so
1st Nov 2017 - Le Progrès

This year"s flu vaccine was a flop

This year’s quadrivalent flu vaccine was ineffective in the elderly and conferred minimal protection for most people against the main circulating A strain, data from GP practices show. Flu vaccine effectiveness was 33% overall, but only 10% for the A (H3N2) virus that predominated this season, according to interim estimates released by the Melbourne-based WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza. The poor antigenic match between the vaccine and circulating strain of A (H3N2) virus could explain the low effectiveness, researchers said
1st Nov 2017 - Pharmacy News

Preventing Flu in Older Adults

Many older adults may feel young at heart, but adults aged 65 years or older account for more than one half (50%-70%) of all flu-related hospitalizations and most (85%) flu-related deaths. Despite the risks that influenza poses for older adults, recently released data from the CDC show that vaccination rates have remained mostly stagnant over the past 5 years. Rates increased by 1.9% in the 2016-2017 season to 65.3% among those aged 65 years or older, but coverage still remains below US public health goals
1st Nov 2017 - medscape.com

Doctors must push flu vaccination as warmer weather often leads to people not stopping to think about the virus

About half a million people have already got vaccinated against flu so far in Portugal but health experts are still a little concerned about reaching all of those most at risk and they are worrying about the warmer weather leading to people forgetting about the risks later on this winter
1st Nov 2017 - Observador


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Vaccination for the Over 65's - what do older people think?

Since 2010 in France, older people have been less and less keen to get vaccinated against the flu, with only 47.4% of the over 65s nationally getting immunised. Most seem to think the flu vaccine isn't efficient and/or can cause serious side effects
31st Oct 2017 - Le Populaire.fr


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More than 20,000 flu shots have been given at health centres across the region

In Portugal by October 27th, at the end of the 4th week of the vaccination campaign against influenza 2017/2018, promoted by the Institute of Health Administration (IASAUDE), 20,870 vaccines were administered. Of these, 81.2% were administered in Health Centers throughout the Region and 11.1% in homes. At the present date, IASAUDE records that vaccination coverage in the population aged 65 and over is 35%.
30th Oct 2017 - DNoticias

Influenza vaccination season 2017 - when and where to do it

Health authorities will write to everyone born before 1952 as this is the group of most at risk individuals who stand to lose most if they develop health complications after catching flu during the coming winter
30th Oct 2017 - Giornale di Como

Double vaccination for the winter against the flu and pneumonia

In Italy, from the 6th November the winter anti-flu vaccination campaign will begin, targeting, in particular, all of those born before 1952 who are seen to be the group most at risk
30th Oct 2017 - Varese News

Expert stands by claim there is a ‘better’ flu vaccine

An expert has stood by claims there is a “better” flu vaccine than what is currently available in Australia, after a particularly damaging flu season that has killed dozens. Immunisation Coalition chairman Paul Van Buynder said he is aware of another vaccine unavailable in Australia that is four times stronger than what is currently available and 24 per cent more effective in adults aged 65 and above
30th Oct 2017 - The New Daily

Better flu vaccines wanted for the vulnerable elderly

Seniors advocacy group, National Seniors, has welcomed news that Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy was working on ways to strengthen the National Immunisation Program, including holding talks with manufacturers on new and strengthened vaccines after it claimed the lives of numerous aged care residents
30th Oct 2017 - Aged Care Guide.com.au


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Family flu alert: Nasal spray no longer an option for kids

In the U.S., the nasal spray no longer is recommended for children. The CDC said FluMist Quadrivalent shouldn’t be used because of ineffectiveness in the 2013-14 and 2015-16 flu seasons. So that means needles for everyone, something that may not make young children, or their parents, happy
28th Oct 2017 - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Swine flu vaccine safe for pregnant women

Dismissing negative apprehensions over the impact of swine flu vaccine on pregnant women, Doctors Association Kashmir led by Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said the flu vaccine can be safely given at any stage of pregnancy
28th Oct 2017 - Rising Kashmir

The Americas Lead in the Vaccination of Pregnant Women Against Influenza

The Region of the Americas is a leader in vaccinating pregnant women against influenza, a public health problem that for future mothers, newborns, and other high-risk populations can mean severe disease, complications, and hospitalization
28th Oct 2017 - Infection Control Today


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Should seniors get high dose flu shot?

A new high-dose flu vaccine for seniors may not be worth the extra cost, says the BC Centre for Disease Control. BCCDC's Influenza lead, Danuta Skowronski, said the vaccine is promising in terms of increased protection for people over the age of 65 but not enough to warrant paying eight to 10 times the price. Seniors in B.C. can get a standard dose of the flu vaccine for free but could shell out between $70 and $98, depending on the pharmacy, for the Fluzone high-dose shot
26th Oct 2017 - Tri-City News


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Now let's get started vaccinating

The health authorities have issued instructions as to which are the groups of people most at risk of flu and that they are the ones that need to come forward to get vaccinated to avoid serious health risks across this coming winter.
23rd Oct 2017 - Augsburger Allgemeine

French Health Minister: "27,000 older people have been vaccinated against the flu in pharmacies"

The French Health Minister praised the uptake of the flu vaccine administered in pharmacies in a couple of regions - as a trial - and stated that 27,000 over 65s have already received their flu shots that way
23rd Oct 2017 - RTL.fr

Flu: vaccinations by pharmacists are showing early signs of success in France


23rd Oct 2017 - Franceinfo

Flu jab plea to carers

Leicestershire county council is encouraging carers to ensure they remember to take care of themselves too, by having a free flu jab, for instance. The free flu jab offer also applies to young carers while other categories of people who are also eligible for a free flu jab, including those aged 65 and over, those who are pregnant, and those with certain health conditions, such as asthma
23rd Oct 2017 - LoughboroughEcho.net


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Older Aged Population Disproportionately Affected by Influenza

William Schaffner, MD, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and infectious disease physician at Vanderbilt, discusses how the adults aged 65 and older are disproportionately affected by influenza, accounting for the majority of hospitalizations each year
20th Oct 2017 - Contagion Live


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Green Cross starts to develop high-dose flu vaccine for seniors

In South Korea, Green Cross said that it has received approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to begin domestic phase 1 clinical trials for GC3114, a high-dose quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the elderly
19th Oct 2017 - Korea Biomedical Review

Myths and Facts about the prospect of flu vaccination

The article discusses facts and myths surrounding topics such as: who should be vaccinated and why, whether healthy elderly people should get vaccinated and how it helps them
19th Oct 2017 - Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Myths and facts about catching the flu


19th Oct 2017 - Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Flu Vaccination for the elderly

People aged 60 and over should be vaccinated against influenza. There are several vaccines available: a standard vaccine with antigens against three viral strains, and a vaccine with antigens against four strains.
19th Oct 2017 - Apotheke Adhoc

Vaccination of adults and elderly is at unsatisfactory level, says Brazilian immunization group

The levels of vaccination among the elderly seem to be low, although the precise numbers are uncertain. Many diseases, particularly among the elderly, resulting from complications linked to the flu could easily be avoided if the immunization levels were much higher
19th Oct 2017 - Jornal do Brasil

Flu vaccine helps avoid hospitalisation of older people

A study by the University of Barcelona showed that people over 65 who have received the flu vaccine are less likely to require hospitalisation because of the virus, particularly if they do not have other medical conditions and are between 65 and 79 years old
19th Oct 2017 - TRT Español

MD of Barmer Berlin flags up low vaccination rate against the flu among seniors as a significant health risk

The past flu season of 2016/2017 in Berlin led to 900 flu-related deaths. The influenza wave was particularly severe for people over 65 years of age. "In elderly people, influenza viruses can lead to complicated disease progression. The vaccination rate is only 35%. Anyone who wants to protect themselves from influenza should be vaccinated now, "says Gabriela Leyh, Managing Director of BARMER Berlin
19th Oct 2017 - Niederlausitz News

Protect your heart health by getting vaccinated

While getting vaccinated is important for people of all ages, it’s especially important for adults with heart disease. They are more likely to have serious complications from common diseases such as influenza or pneumonia that vaccination can help prevent
19th Oct 2017 - Murphy Monitor


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This seasons flu shot aimed at those at highest risk of complications

With the beginning of flu season underway, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's lead researcher, Dr. Danuta Skowronski, says her main emphasis is on people at the highest risk for influenza complications, as for that group, "the vaccine could be life-saving." "That means the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, especially heart and lung conditions, they don't handle influenza viruses well at all," she said
18th Oct 2017 - CBC.ca

Horror flu season sees 16 aged care deaths in Canberra but authorities contain far worse

There were 16 deaths from influenza-like illnesses in ACT aged care facilities in the three months to early October this year as authorities battled skyrocketing influenza notifications throughout the community and sought to limit the impact on the most vulnerable
18th Oct 2017 - The Riot-Act.com

71.3% aged 65 and over in Bucks got flu jab last winter

Last winter season 71.3% of those aged 65 and over in Buckinghamshire got the flu vaccine. That's according to new stats from Public Health England and their 'Stay Well This Winter' campaign. They're urging those in at risk groups to get the flu jab, which on average causes 8,000 deaths a year on average in England
18th Oct 2017 - Mix 96


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Flu vaccination for the elderly: three vaccines are available

People aged 60 and over should be vaccinated against influenza. In Germany, three vaccines are available: a standard vaccine against three viral strains, a vaccine with an adjuvant and a vaccine against four strains. "Older patients are advised to discuss with the physician what vaccine is suitable for them" according to health experts
17th Oct 2017 - Augsburger Allgemeine


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Influenza, the elderly are at risk and few are immunized

Influenza – the elderly are at highest risk yet awareness of this is still low among Italians with only 43% of them believing that influenza could aggravate health complications which can lead to death
15th Oct 2017 - Nurse24.it

New Campaign Offers ‘Wellness Wisdom’ about Vaccines for Medicare Open Enrolment

The Alliance for Aging Research and n4a launched the ‘Our Best Shot’ campaign to encourage older adults to schedule their Medicare prevention visits, share the truth about vaccines, and get vaccinated
16th Oct 2017 - PR Web.com


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Flu vaccine is only 40-60pc effective this winter as epidemic looms

The flu jab only provides limited protection for older people against the virus - raising new fears as experts warn of a potential epidemic this winter. The vaccine currently being distributed to GPs and pharmacists is just 40pc to 60pc effective and may have had little or no effect in keeping older age groups safe from the illness last year.
14th Oct 2017 - Independent.ie

French senior citizens reluctant to get their flu shots

In France, a report shows that less than half of people between 65 and 75 years old were vaccinated against the flu last season, despite being one of the most vulnerable age groups
13th Oct 2017 - Mutualistes

NHS "fears a crisis" this winter if flu jab for elderly fails to work

NHS bosses are reportedly “scared” that hospitals will be heaving this winter if there is an outbreak of heavy flu and vaccinations given to old people fail to work. They have rolled out a jabs programme for the elderly in order to stave off a crisis in its service. A review of last year’s vaccination programme found it failed to help the elderly from contracting the flu
13th Oct 2017 - The Independent

Flu jab 2017: Does it REALLY work? Why the NHS is ‘WORRIED’ about injection effectiveness


13th Oct 2017 - Express.co.uk

OAP flu fear NHS boss fears flu jabs won’t work for OAPs and lead to NHS being ‘inundated’


13th Oct 2017 - The Sun

16 elderly people died from flu in ACT nursing homes in three months since July 1

Sixteen elderly people have died from the flu in Canberra nursing homes in the past three months, a 30% increase on last year's figures. ACT chief health officer Paul Kelly said despite there being a 33% increase in nursing home resident deaths from the flu between 2016 and 2017, due to the overall impact on the community there was not a proportionately significant difference
15th Oct 2017 - Canberra Times

Extra stocks of flu jab ordered amid fears of winter epidemic

Additional stocks of the seasonal flu vaccine have been ordered by the HSE amid mounting fears of an epidemic this winter. Some 850,000 doses of the vaccine have been purchased - the same number as last year. However, a "contingency" supply of 100,000 doses have also been bought which the Executive "expect to draw down."
15th Oct 2017 - Irish Independent


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NHS 'more scared than ever', amid fears flu jab may not protect the old

Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England, said he fears hospitals will be "inundated" with flu cases, despite attempts to bolster services. His warnings came as the country’s Chief Medical Officer said she fears the jab may not protect the elderly this winter, but said it is still “our best hope” to stave off an NHS crisis
12th Oct 2017 - Telegraph

Influenza: Italians over 50 do not get vaccinated

A survey in Italy showed that people over 50 underestimate the dangers linked with the flu, and the over 65s' vaccine coverage fell to 52% (68.3% in 2005-2006) compared to the recommended 75% threshold
12th Oct 2017 - La Stampa

Influenza: solo il 43% degli over 50 sa che può essere letale - Dire


11th Oct 2017 - Dire

Raddoppiati gli anziani morti ma gli italiani non temono l"influenza: sottovalutano i rischi


11th Oct 2017 - Giornale di Sicilia

Care home staff to be offered flu jab as part of winter action plan

Free flu jabs are to be extended to all care home staff in England, as part of package of new “contingency actions” designed to help frontline services cope with pressures this winter
12th Oct 2017 - Nursing Times

Care home workers to be offered free flu jab


12th Oct 2017 - Mursing in Practice


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Fear of side effects and doubts over the vaccine's efficacy are stopping seniors from getting their flu shots

In France, nearly half of the over 65s express concern over the flu vaccine's side effects and doubts over its efficacy, which in turn stops them from getting vaccinated
10th Oct 2017 - RTL.be

Vaccination contre la grippe: trop d’idées reçues chez les personnes âgées


11th Oct 2017 - La Depeche

High dose flu vaccine recommended for seniors

While getting a regular flu shot is a good option for everyone, it's recommended that seniors, those 65 and older, get a high dose flu shot instead
11th Oct 2017 - wkyt.com

UL Hospitals urges at-risk groups to get flu vaccine

In Ireland, UL Hospitals Group is urging people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza as figures show that vaccine uptake rates in people aged 65 and over increased in Ireland last year
11th Oct 2017 - Nenagh Guardian

Sir Trevor McDonald urges Brent pensioners to get the free flu jab

Veteran news presenter Sir Trevor McDonald has joined forces with the NHS to launch a campaign encouraging people aged 65 and over, and others at risk, to have their flu vaccinations
11th Oct 2017 - Kilburn Times.co.uk

Influenza: Italians over 50 underestimate the risks and less and less get vaccinated

A survey in Italy showed that people over 50 underestimate the dangers linked with the flu, and the over 65s’ vaccine coverage fell to 52% (68.3% in 2005-2006) compared to the recommended 75% threshold
11th Oct 2017 - Quotidiano Sanita.it

Influenza, Censis: solo il 43% degli italiani over 50 sa che può uccidere


11th Oct 2017 - MeteoWeb.eu

Influenza, solo il 43% degli italiani over 50 sa che può uccidere


11th Oct 2017 - La Repubblica

Salute: Censis, “gli italiani non temono l’influenza e ne sottovalutano i rischi”. Tra gli over 50 solo il 16% contatta immediatamente il medico


11th Oct 2017 - Agence Servizio Informazione Religiosa

Raddoppiati gli anziani morti ma gli italiani non temono l'influenza: sottovalutano i rischi


11th Oct 2017 - Giornale di Sicilia


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Get the jab! People over 65 urged to get free flu vaccine for protection this winter

People aged 65 and over across West Sussex are being urged to get the free flu jab to protect themselves and others this winter
10th Oct 2017 - Bognor News

Fear of side effects and doubts over the vaccine’s efficacy are stopping seniors from getting their flu shots

In France, nearly half of the over 65s express concern over the flu vaccine’s side effects and doubts over its efficacy, which in turn stops them from getting vaccinated
10th Oct 2017 - Europe1.fr

Flu: 14,400 people killed last year

Last year’s flu outbreak was moderate in intensity in France but was particularly deadly for the elderly; it killed 14,400 people, many of them over 75 years old
10th Oct 2017 - Top Sante.com

Flu shot still worth getting despite vaccine mismatch, Sudbury doctor says

In Canada, a Sudbury doctor is recommending everyone get vaccinated against the flu, especially seniors. Dr. Janet McElhaney, a geriatrician, says doctors have noticed H3N2 is circulating in Australia, which could give a preview as to what will happen in Canada, and is always bad for seniors
10th Oct 2017 - cbc.ca


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Flu vaccine uptake below international targets

Ireland’s flu vaccine uptake among the over 65s is below international targets, despite an increase in the rate of older people getting the jab last year
10th Oct 2017 - Irish Examiner


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Efficacy of High- vs. Standard-Dose Flu Vaccine Compared in Older Adults

Findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis presented at IDWeek 2017 showed that Fluzone High-Dose (IIV3-HD) was more effective than standard-dose influenza vaccine (IIV3-SD) at lowering clinical outcomes associated with influenza infection in older adults
7th Oct 2017 - MPR.com

Should the flu vaccine be made compulsory for healthcare staff?

Most elderly people living in specialised accommodation in France are keen to receive the flu vaccine, but a minority of healthcare staff do the same, with only 25% of doctors working in Paris hospitals immunised
6th Oct 2017 - FranceTV Info.fr

Some GPs in Limerick 'charging pensioners' for jab as flu season starts

A number of GPs in Limerick are charging pensioners with medical cards for the flu vaccine, an injection that has been made free of charge by the Health Service Executive following years of severe outbreaks. That is according to Deputy Maurice Quinlivan, who raised the issue after he was approached by a concerned pensioner
6th Oct 2017 - Limerick Leader

Bad flu season ahead, health officials warn

Through their partnership, the Canadian Association for Retired Persons and Sanofi Pasteur have developed the Faces of Flu awareness video illustrating the first-hand impact the flu can have on seniors
8th Oct 2017 - The Sudbury Star


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Effective Influenza Vaccine for Elderly Remains Elusive

A meta-analysis of studies examining seasonal immunization effectiveness in preventing hospitalization for severe influenza has found that less protection is achieved in the elderly, particularly against influenza A(H3N2) viruses
5th Oct 2017 - MD Magazine


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Adults can prevent illness with vaccinations

The CDC says nearly three-quarters of people hospitalized with flu-related illness are 65 or older, and most flu deaths are among elderly people. A variety of flu vaccines are now available: the traditional flu shot, a high-dose vaccine for people aged 65 and older, and an intradermal vaccine that uses a smaller needle injected into the skin instead of muscle
2nd Oct 2017 - My Plain View.com

More than 100 elderly killed by influenza in Australian state

A horror flu season has resulted in the deaths of 116 people in an Australian state's aged care system, it has been revealed. The Victorian Government on Monday pledged an additional 89.9 million U.S. dollars for the state's health system to help it deal with the deadly influenza virus
2nd Oct 2017 - Xinhuanet.com

Vaccine Expert Warns of Flu Risk to Elderly

Kathleen Neuzil, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, spoke at a press conference hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and cautioned that individuals 65 and older are at the highest risk of severe complications and even death from the flu
2nd Oct 2017 - University of Maryland


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Officials urge influenza vaccination as coverage rates lag in some groups

HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, and other health officials are strongly urging all patients and health care providers to get vaccinated as influenza season approaches. Vaccination rates, they said, have been low among certain groups
29th Sep 2017 - Healio.com

Baden-Wurttemburg – the South West Pharmacists Association strongly recommends flu vaccination for elderly people

The flu outbreak in older people in Baden-Wurttemberg last year was more virulent than in the previous year. In the 2016/2017 season, the National Health Office registered around 7,000 cases for the over 60s, and it is recommended that elderly people get immunised as a precaution
29th Sep 2017 - Kraichgau News

The Amberg-Sulzbach Medical Association and the Health Office regard vaccination as the most important way for people to protect themselves against flu

The chairman of the Medical Association of Amberg-Sulzbach, Dr. Martin Pöllath, and the head of the Amberg health department, Dr. Roland Brey, are calling for people to receive the flu vaccine - in accordance with guidance by the Stiklik Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute
30th Sep 2017 - Mittelbayerische.de


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Don't Wait: Get Your Flu Shot

CDC and NFID officials said flu shots — not nasal sprays — should be given this year, and that people 65 and older and those with compromised immune systems can benefit from a high-dose shot
28th Sep 2017 - aarp.org

What you should know about flu vaccinations (Robert Koch Institute advice)

The next flu season is approaching, and particularly vulnerable people, such as the chronically ill, should be vaccinated against influenza in good time
28th Sep 2017 - Die Welt


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Influenza vaccine is vitally important for the chronically according to the Salzburger Medical Chamber of Pharmacists

Local health authorities in Salzburg recommend that older and chronically ill patients, as well as other at-risk groups, get immunised against the flu at their doctor’s practice, free of charge
27th Sep 2017 - OTS.at


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Flu shot effectiveness boosted by listening to your favourite song, researchers find

The researchers found a link between those who recorded a good mood throughout the six-week observation period, and levels of flu protection detected in a person's blood four months later. But there was an even stronger link found between the jab's effectiveness and being in a good mood on the day of the vaccine itself.
26th Sep 2017 - BBC

Flu Shot Effectiveness Boosted By Listening to Your Favorite Song, Researchers Find


26th Sep 2017 - Newsweek

If you’re happy and you know it… get a flu jab


26th Sep 2017 - Metro

Pharmacists urge flu jabs as ‘worst epidemic in 50 years’ heads to Ireland and UK from Australia this winter

Irish pharmacists are urging the public to get flu jabs this winter after Australia suffered a deadly outbreak which killed eight pensioners in a single care home
26th Sep 2017 - Irish Post

Maybe more adults should get the high-dose flu shot

Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and could save lives. The findings of a new study call for clinical trials of the high-dose and new recombinant trivalent influenza vaccines in 50- to 64-year-old adults with chronic illnesses, to determine if they offer better protection than the currently recommended standard-dose quadrivalent vaccine
26th Sep 2017 - Futurity.org


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#GPnews: Good mood 'increases effect' of flu jab in older people, researchers claim

Being 'in a positive mood' on the day of your flu jab can increase its protective effect, according to findings by researchers at the University of Nottingham
25th Sep 2017 - Pulse Today

An Upbeat Mood May Boost Your Flu Shot’s Effectiveness

A new study suggests that older people who are in a good mood when they get the shot have a better immune response. British researchers followed 138 people ages 65 to 85 who got the 2014-15 vaccine. Using well-validated tests in the weeks before and after their shots, the scientists recorded mood, stress, negative thoughts, sleep patterns, diet and other measures of psychological and physical health.
25th Sep 2017 - New York Times

Smile! Happiness boosts effect of flu vaccine


26th Sep 2017 - The Times

Being in a good mood for your flu jab boosts its effectiveness


25th Sep 2017 - Science Daily

Study finds being in a good mood for your flu jab boosts its effectiveness


25th Sep 2017 - Eurekalert.org


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Flu vaccine used in elderly may benefit middle-aged adults with chronic conditions

Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives, report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
21st Sep 2017 - MedicalXpress.com

Worst flu season in five years on Gold Coast prompts lockdown in nursing homes

Nursing homes are in lockdown as frontline Gold Coast health providers continue to reel from one of the worst flu seasons in decades. In the year to September 17, 448 people were hospitalised suffering from the flu with 4882 “influenza notifications” recorded for the period. An aged care nursing source revealed three homes on the Coast are currently in lockdown due to flu outbreaks. Gold Coast public health unit staff specialist Anu Anuradha said the elderly were the worst affected by what was the toughest flu season in about five years.
22nd Sep 2017 - Gold Coast Bulletin

Your flu shot might prevent a heart attack or stroke

A study published in the medical journal JAMA found that getting a flu vaccine reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure or other major cardiac events — including death — by about a third over the following year
24th Sep 2017 - Kentucky.com


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High-dose flu vaccine could protect middle-aged adults with chronic conditions

Expanding the high-dose influenza vaccine recommendation to include middle-aged adults with chronic health conditions may make economic sense and save lives, report scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
21st Sep 2017 - News Medical.net

Flu Vaccine Used in Elderly May Benefit Middle-Aged Adults with Chronic Conditions


21st Sep 2017 - University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Cost-effectiveness and public health impact of alternative influenza vaccination strategies in high-risk adults


21st Sep 2017 - Science Direct

Flu vaccine used in elderly may benefit middle-aged adults with chronic conditions


21st Sep 2017 - Science Blog

Flu vaccine used in elderly may benefit middle-aged adults with chronic conditions


21st Sep 2017 - Eurekalert.com

Stronger flu vaccine for elderly could help younger adults with chronic conditions


21st Sep 2017 - Trib Live


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Mount Gambier aged-care homes in lockdown after outbreak of influenza A

In Australia, a deadly outbreak of influenza A has claimed the life of an elderly resident and forced two Mount Gambier nursing homes into lockdown. Three people have died at Boandik Lodge since the outbreak nine days ago, with one death confirmed after they had contracted the virus
19th Sep 2017 - news.com.au


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Stronger flu vaccinations available for elderly

A stronger kind of flu vaccination is trying to lessen the impact of the disease on a vulnerable population. High-dose versions of the influenza vaccines are designed to create a stronger immune response in people 65-years and older
18th Sep 2017 - News8000.com


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Doctors in Germany’s north east region are strongly recommended flu vaccination for the coming season

In North-East Germany doctors are advising patients get immunised against the flu, in particular older people
15th Sep 2017 - HNA.de

Flu Jab: Is it useless for older people?

The annual flu jab can offer little or no protection against the virus in elderly people, research suggests. Figures indicate the £160million UK winter public health campaign may have been a waste of money for those over 65; the government’s Joint Council on Vaccination and Immunisation is discussing plans to abandon the jab for pensioners and replace it with something it hopes will be more effective
17th Sep 2017 - Express


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Manitoba to Offer Flu Shots in Personal Care Homes

Manitoba is the first province in Canada to introduce a high-dose flu vaccine to residents of personal care homes, Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced
14th Sep 2017 - My Toba.ca


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There are more than 30,000 people vaccinated against flu but some elderly in Cali, Colombia, are very hard to reach

In Cali, Colombia, not enough older people get immunised against the flu and become seriously ill as a result, so the health secretary has made available 30,000 free flu vaccines for this vulnerable population until September 15th
12th Sep 2017 - El Pais

Free Webinar Aims to Boost Flu Vaccinations in Older Adults

A free AAFP webinar (register.gotowebinar.com) scheduled for Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon CDT seeks to help family physicians increase their influenza vaccination rates, especially among patients ages 65 and older
12th Sep 2017 - American Academy of Family Physicians


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Local ministers and experts feel that despite occasional vaccine hesitancy and growing numbers of seniors vaccination rates can be maintained

Local ministers and experts feel that despite occasional vaccine hesitancy and growing numbers of seniors vaccination levels can be maintained or improved. The Robert Koch Institute advice on infectious diseases stresses that frequent immunization can tackle those diseases which potentially threaten the elderly
11th Sep 2017 - svz.de


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Flu vaccination programme did not protect over-65s last year

Public Health England has no plans to revise the 2017–18 winter flu vaccination campaign in spite of figures revealing that last year’s campaign was not effective among its main targets, the over-65s; provisional estimates show that for all age groups combined, the vaccine effectiveness against influenza A and B was 39.8%, but for the over-65s, effectiveness was 6.3% lower
8th Sep 2017 - Pharmaceutical-Journal.com

What women can to do to lead healthy lives as they age

Pneumonia and flu vaccines can save older women’s lives. Pneumonia and flu combined are the sixth leading cause of death in Canada, and the majority of deaths are in patients over 65
10th Sep 2017 - Globe & Mail

Flu deaths in aged care: more needed than compulsory vaccinations for aged care workers

There are many factors making older people vulnerable to the flu and various actions are needed to protect them, including relatives being immunised against the flu and avoiding visits if they feel unwell, and generally raising awareness of the importance of flu vaccination
8th Sep 2017 - Aged Care101.com


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'Ineffective' flu jab for elderly is 'better than nothing'

Elderly patients should still be given the flu vaccination, despite data suggesting it is ineffective among this group, London's pharmacy vaccination lead has said
7th Sep 2017 - Chemist and Druggist.co.uk

Seniors still make up the bulk of flu cases, hospitalizations

Last year’s flu vaccine was about as effective as in previous years, but the elderly remained the most impacted by illness, according to an updated report on flu surveillance from the CDC
7th Sep 2017 - Medical Economics

Province first to introduce new flu vaccine for personal care home residents

Steinbach MLA and Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen, announced that Manitoba is the first province in Canada to introduce a high-dose flu vaccine to better protect vulnerable residents of personal care homes from influenza
7th Sep 2017 - Mysteinbach.ca


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Vaccination for the elderly – call out for them to be immunized but doubts about discount agreements over charging

Older people have an increased risk of serious flu complications; researchers advise that the over 65s should receive adjuvanted vaccines or, in the future, vaccines with a higher antigen content
6th Sep 2017 - Arzte Zeitung

Government moves to make flu jab compulsory for residential care staff

In Australia, there is broad support for a government initiative to roll out flu vaccinations to aged care workers, but provider peaks have called on the community to also ensure best practice is followed
6th Sep 2017 - Australian Ageing Agenda


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High dose flu shot for seniors in care homes

Manitoba will become the first province in Canada to offer a high-dose flu vaccine to personal care home residents. Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen and Dr. Tim Hilderman, a medical officer of health, unveiled the new programme
5th Sep 2017 - Winnipeg Sun

Manitoba introduces new flu vaccine for personal care home residents


5th Sep 2017 - cbc.ca

14 aged care flu deaths reported in VIC and TAS: Govt promises compulsory flu vaccinations for workers

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy to investigate how to make the vaccinations compulsory and whether it will require legislation following a number of deaths at retirement villages and aged care homes around the country
5th Sep 2017 - The Weekly Source.com


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Older people and carers urged to get crucial vaccination as flu season set to begin

In the UK, older people, and those in at-risk groups who are at higher risk of suffering complications of flu, are urged to get their flu vaccination early to prevent illness
4th Sep 2017 - mkfm.com

Government action on recent influenza outbreak in aged care

An announcement by the Federal government to boost flu vaccination rates among aged care workers has been welcomed, following a round of recent deaths due to the spread of influenza within residential aged care homes in Australia
4th Sep 2017 - Aged Care Guide.com

Aged care workers to get mandatory flu jabs?


4th Sep 2017 - AJP.com.au


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Seven Elderly Residents Die Of Flu At Single Nursing Home In Victoria

In Australia, seven elderly people have died at a single nursing home in Victoria within a fortnight and further deaths are likely, as a large-scale influenza outbreak sweeps through the facility
1st Sep 2017 - Huffington Post

Seven dead from flu outbreak at Victorian aged care home


1st Sep 2017 - Yahoo News Australia

Influenza epidemic: Six deaths confirmed at Tasmania's Strathdevon aged care home


2nd Sep 2017 - abc.net.au

Six elderly people have died in a North-West nursing home after an influenza outbreak


2nd Sep 2017 - The Mercury.com

Seven elderly residents die in flu outbreak at Wangaratta’s St John’s Retirement Village


2nd Sep 2017 - Herald Sun

Seven dead after flu outbreak in retirement home


2nd Sep 2017 - The Age

Seven people in Victorian aged care facility die in flu outbreak


1st Sep 2017 - abc.net.au

Seven die of flu at Victoria aged care home


1st Sep 2017 - The Australian

Influenza vaccine in 2016/17 was 'ineffective' in patients over 65

The influenza vaccine for 2016/17 had 'no significant effectiveness' in patients over 65, while effectiveness of the vaccine increased in children, Public Health England data shows
1st Sep 2017 - GP Online

Last winter’s flu vaccine failed to work on the elderly


31st Aug 2017 - Barchester.com

'Worst ever' flu epidemic claims more lives amid calls for mandatory jabs for aged care workers

The death toll from Australia's influenza epidemic has risen as doctors urge members of the public to get vaccinated against the deadly strain
2nd Sep 2017 - Sydney Morning Herald

All aged care workers to get flu vaccine after deaths: Greg Hunt

All aged care workers in Australia will get compulsory flu vaccines following a spate of deaths in nursing homes, the federal health minister Greg Hunt has announced
3rd Sep 2017 - Sydney Morning Herald

Flu jab could be made compulsory for aged-care workers, says health minister


3rd Sep 2017 - The Guardian

Aged care workers to get mandatory flu jab


3rd Sep 2017 - Yahoo News Australia

Flu vaccinations should be compulsory in aged care homes, Greg Hunt says after deadly outbreaks


3rd Sep 2017 - abc.net.au

Deadly Flu Outbreak: Government To Review Aged Care Worker Rules


2nd Sep 2017 - Huffington Post

Compulsory flu vaccines for all aged care workers


3rd Sep 2017 - sbs.com.au

Flu vaccine for seniors (photo)

Around 130 senior citizen were given flu shots during the Community Volunteer Health Worker Local Conference held at G. E. Abordo Memorial National High School in the remote island of Agutaya, Palawan
3rd Sep 2017 - Northbound Asia.com


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Protect your heart health by getting vaccinated

While getting vaccinated is important for people of all ages, it’s especially important for adults with heart disease, who are more likely to have serious complications from common diseases such as influenza or pneumonia that vaccination can help prevent
29th Aug 2017 - Marshfieldmail.com

Vaccination against the flu manages to avoid 4 out of 10 hospitalizations

A European study estimated that in 2015/16 the seasonal influenza vaccination prevented approximately half of the cases of hospitalisation with laboratory-confirmed influenza among vaccinated elderly people; vaccination provided similar protection to elderly patients with underlying diabetes mellitus, cancer, lung and heart diseases
29th Aug 2017 - agevillage.com


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Recombinant Over Standard-dose Influenza Vaccine in Older Population

Improved vaccine preparations triggering immune responses against the most abundant seasonal variants are the best tool to reduce global flu burden. A clinical study on older population suggests that the recombinant RIV4 vaccine provides better protection than the standard-dose IIV4 vaccine
25th Aug 2017 - Medical News Bulletin

Vic flu outbreaks double in aged homes

Influenza outbreaks in Victorian aged care homes have more than doubled on 2016 as the state battles more than 10,000 flu cases. The Victorian Health Department has had 177 notifications of respiratory outbreaks in aged care homes in 2017, up from 77 in same period the previous year
25th Aug 2017 - sbs.com.au


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Get a flu jab and other ways to protect yourself against flu if you are older

Protecting yourself with a flu vaccination is the best way to avoid the flu, but other health tips can help
24th Aug 2017 - BT.com


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The importance of vaccination for the over 65’s was reinforced at the Health Meeting in Rimini

The EU puts at 95% the optimum percentage of vaccinated people, but in Italy, only 49.9% of people get immunised against the flu
23rd Aug 2017 - Prensa-Latina.cu

Recombinant Influenza Vaccine More Effective in Older Adults

A quadrivalent recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV4) provided more protection in adults aged 50 years or older than a standard-dose, egg-grown, quadrivalent, inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV4) according to a study
23rd Aug 2017 - Jama Network


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Slightly more people plan to get a flu shot this year

A new survey from CVS Health found 61 percent of Americans get a flu vaccine every year or plan to get vaccinated this year, 2 percent more than last year’s survey findings. That number is even higher among seniors—76 percent
22nd Aug 2017 - iadvanceseniorcare.com


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Chinese doctor tells children and elderly: don’t go to Hong Kong because of flu risks

The Hong Kong authorities have dismissed a warning by a doctor who said the mainland’s children and elderly people should avoid travelling to the city because of the high flu risk
20th Aug 2017 - South China Morning Post


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MEDICAL FOCUS: Recommended immunizations for those age 50+

The CDC warns that the elderly are more likely to die of a vaccine-preventable disease than other age groups, and recommends they discuss vaccines, including flu shots, with their doctors
17th Aug 2017 - Sun Advocate


Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 16th Aug 2017

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Vaccines Bolster Immune Systems That Weaken with Age

The American Lung Association reminds adults that there are vaccine recommendations from the CDC for potentially serious lung diseases: even healthy older adults are at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza, because the body's immune system naturally weakens with age
15th Aug 2017 - Business Insider

Vaccines Bolster Immune Systems That Weaken with Age


15th Aug 2017 - PR Newswire.com


Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 14th Aug 2017

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Stop Treating 70- and 90-Year-Olds the Same

U.S. vaccinations guidelines need improvement, especially for older people, as there may come a point toward the end of many lives when vaccination no longer makes sense. Although the CDC recommends that everyone receive an annual flu vaccine, the benefits for the very old and ill are unproven, and for them the shot may produce only pain and inconvenience
11th Aug 2017 - New York Times


Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 10th Aug 2017

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Elderly people should get vaccinated for flu, pneumonia: AIIMS

Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) suggested that people above the age of 60 years should get themselves vaccinated against flu and pneumonia
9th Aug 2017 - India Today


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Influenza vaccine is less protective for frail elders

Influenza vaccine is effective in older adults who are not frail but is less protective in those who are frail, according to a new study
8th Aug 2017 - Times of Malta

Hong Kong’s Dept. of Health Reports Flu Epidemic Claims 320 Lives

The flu epidemic in Hong Kong has already killed more than 320 people this summer. Most of those victims were people aged 65 and older
8th Aug 2017 - One America News Network

Flu vaccine uptake on the rise for the elderly and the ‘at risk’

In Wales, more than 68 per cent of Gwent people aged 65 and over were vaccinated against flu during the 2016/17 season, reversing a decline in uptake in the age group
8th Aug 2017 - Campaign Series


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CHP investigates influenza A outbreak in elderly home in Hung Hom

In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is investigating an influenza A outbreak at a residential care home for the elderly, and reminded the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene against influenza
7th Aug 2017 - Hong Kong Government


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Are you eligible for a free flu jab? NHS issues vaccination reminders

The NHS is issuing reminders for people to get their flu jabs this summer, including people aged 65 and over
5th Aug 2017 - Stoke Sentinel.co.uk

Infectious diseases warning: The three vaccinations YOU should have by your 70s

Infectious diseases are responsible for a significant number of hospital admissions and deaths in the elderly. For this reason, there are particular vaccines recommended for people 65 and over - pneumococcal vaccine, flu vaccine and shingles vaccine
4th Aug 2017 - Express.co.uk

Elderly being hit hard by flu

The influenza virus is still circulating in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, prompting doctors to urge people, particularly the elderly and those caring for very young children, to take extra care
5th Aug 2017 - New Zealand Herald


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Growing elderly population a worry for Thailand: WHO

Statistically, coronary heart disease is the No.1 cause of death in Thailand, far behind is stroke, third is influenza and pneumonia, followed by road deaths
3rd Aug 2017 - The Nation

Rise in flu cases causes aged care homes to close the doors

The recent Australian Influenza Surveillance Report shows that not only has influenza activity on a national level continued to increase, but that notification rates this year to date have been highest in adults aged over 85
3rd Aug 2017 - Aged Care Guide.com.au


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Flu outbreaks on rise in NSW aged care facilities; state sees worst seven months of influenza

In Australia, there has been a spike in flu outbreaks in NSW nursing homes and health authorities are warning visitors who are sick to steer clear
1st Aug 2017 - ABC.net.au

Hong Kong government embarks to provide PCV13 to eligible elderly persons in October

In Hong-Kong, the Hospital Authority will continue take part in the Government Vaccination Programme to provide seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccination to eligible persons in public hospitals and outpatient clinics
1st Aug 2017 - MIMS


Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 31st Jul 2017

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Aging gracefully – happiness matters

Advice for aging better includes taking advantage of vaccines, as the flu vaccine will not eliminate your chance of contracting influenza, but it may lessen the severity of the flu
28th Jul 2017 - News India

Woman dies of swine flu in Surat, 8 more tested positive

A 70-year-old woman died of swine flu and eight others were tested positive in Surat, India, in the last two days
30th Jul 2017 - Indian Express

Five new cases of swine flu reported in Surat


28th Jul 2017 - Times of India


Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 26th Jul 2017

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Is releasing Tamiflu a justified move to control flu outbreak?

The flu outbreak in Hong Kong this summer has so far caused more than 200 deaths, and two specialists give recommendations on how to deal with it, including giving Tamiflu to older people
25th Jul 2017 - MIMS


Over 65’s influenza news - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 24th Jul 2017

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Quadruple-dose flu vaccine lowers SNF residents` hospitalizations, largest study shows

Vaccines with four times the antigen of standard flu vaccines significantly decrease the risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalizations of elderly people during flu season
21st Jul 2017 - mcknights.com

High-Dose Flu Shot May Help Nursing Home Residents Avoid Hospital


21st Jul 2017 - philly.com

Strong flu jab keeps elderly from hospital


21st Jul 2017 - The Times

High-Dose Flu Vaccine Lowers Rate of Hospitalization From Respiratory Illnesses in LTC Residents


21st Jul 2017 - Infection Control Today

High-dose influenza vaccine for nursing home residents reduces hospitalisations


21st Jul 2017 - On Medica.com

High-Dose Flu Vax Linked to Less Hospitalization Among Elderly


20th Jul 2017 - medpagetoday.com