Influenza activity peaked without a rise in cases after the holidays, but respiratory virus season is still in full swing

Influenza activity peaked without a rise in cases after the holidays, but respiratory virus season is still in full swing

CNN — The flu is still very common in the US, but the first wave of the season, which swept the country weeks earlier than usual, appears to have peaked. The weeks after the holiday break brought sustained high levels of transmission and hospitalization, but flu activity does not appear to have increased as many … Read more

What You Should Know About Moderna’s RSV Vaccine for Adults, According to Experts

What You Should Know About Moderna’s RSV Vaccine for Adults, According to Experts

Moderna shared exciting news this week: The biotech company has an experimental respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine in the works, and its efficacy appears promising so far. according to a Press release, Moderna’s RSV vaccine was 83.7% effective in preventing at least two RSV-associated symptoms in older adults (60 years and older) in a phase … Read more

The flu turned deadly within 48 hours for this young family. Now they get vaccinated every year.

The flu turned deadly within 48 hours for this young family.  Now they get vaccinated every year.

CNN — Jessica Richman felt fear wash over her, again. In October, she watched her 3-year-old daughter, Layla, become unusually lethargic, run a high fever, and begin to have difficulty breathing. It was a painful reminder of her other daughter, Cayden, who died of the flu in December 2014. Cayden was the same age as … Read more

Influenza activity peaked without a rise in cases after the holidays, but respiratory virus season is still in full swing

Influenza activity peaked without a rise in cases after the holidays, but respiratory virus season is still in full swing

CNN — The flu is still very common in the US, but the first wave of the season, which swept the country weeks earlier than usual, appears to have peaked. The weeks after the holiday break brought sustained high levels of transmission and hospitalization, but flu activity does not appear to have increased as many … Read more

Flu activity remains high but continued to decline ahead of Christmas, CDC data shows

Flu activity remains high but continued to decline ahead of Christmas, CDC data shows

CNN — Seasonal flu activity remains high in the United States, but continued to decline in most areas last week, before Christmas, according to data published on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Numbers do not include flu activity after the holidays. The CDC estimates that, as of last week, there … Read more

As the flu subsides, Covid-19 again shows signs of a winter peak

As the flu subsides, Covid-19 again shows signs of a winter peak

CNN — First, respiratory virus season led us to worry about RSV, and then the flu. Now, Covid-19, which had taken a backseat to those viruses, is once again becoming a threat, and health officials are urging people to stay vigilant. Not make mistakes. Cold and flu season is still in full swing in the … Read more

Flu activity remains high but continued to decline ahead of Christmas, CDC data shows

Flu activity remains high but continued to decline ahead of Christmas, CDC data shows

CNN — Seasonal flu activity remains high in the United States, but continued to decline in most areas last week, before Christmas, according to data published on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Numbers do not include flu activity after the holidays. The CDC estimates that, as of last week, there … Read more

Cold and Flu Medications: Shortages Continue This Season

Cold and Flu Medications: Shortages Continue This Season

CNN — Experts say there will likely be a post-holiday surge in the number of respiratory viruses, and that could put even more pressure on supplies of some drugs that have been hard to find amid a season of serious illness. Children’s pain and fever medications can be the hardest products to find. Pharmacies say … Read more

Respiratory viruses could spike after the holidays, public health experts warn

Respiratory viruses could spike after the holidays, public health experts warn

CNN — There is growing concern among infectious disease and public health experts that the US could face even more respiratory infections in January. It is “highly likely” that respiratory viruses will spread further after holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve celebrations, said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at … Read more

Researchers make important strides toward a potential universal flu vaccine

Researchers make important strides toward a potential universal flu vaccine

CNN — The flu continues its early and severe attack across the United States, but there is some hopeful news for future flu seasons. In a significant step, researchers recently said they have been able to immunize animals against all 20 known strains of influenza A and B viruses, marking an important step toward the … Read more