CDC Reapproves Flumist for 2018-2019 Flu Season

A United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory committee voted to approve FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, for the 2018-2019 flu season. This marks the first time the nasal spray will return after a two season hiatus in which concerns were raised about its effectiveness, particularly against the H1N1 strand…. Read more »

WHY FLU VACCINES ARE LESS EFFECTIVE CERTAIN YEARS

According to the CDC, vaccine effectiveness during the 2015-2016 flu season was 47%, but for the 2014-2015 season, effectiveness was just 19%.  Variances in effectiveness from year to year can be caused by a variety of factors. As detailed in prior blog entries, each year before the flu season begins, a vaccine is made based… Read more »

HOW OFFICIALS MAKE PREDICTIONS FOR THE FLU SEASON

Ever wonder how officials make predictions on an upcoming flu season or how particular flu vaccines are chosen?  There are ongoing surveillance sites around the world collecting samples from people who have the flu.   This information is then submitted to a central panel organized by the WHO (World Health Organization).  Then the WHO, based on… Read more »

DOES THE FUTURE OF VACCINES INVOLVE SELF-ADMINISTRATION?

Below is a link to an article detailing some interesting initial results from an experimental influenza vaccination that has the potential to be self-administered.  Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have been working on a potentially viable alternative to the traditional intramuscular injection method for vaccine administration.  This alternative involves a… Read more »

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