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Columnist John Paradis: Flu epidemic shows need for research money

Columnist John Paradis: Flu epidemic shows need for research money | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
It hit me like a sledgehammer, like the Eagles’ offense hit the Patriots last weekend.The flu. Count me in.Ah, the chills, the headache, the constant trips to the bathroom, and that just overall blah, achy, icky feeling — like someone has opene
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Flu ‘disaster’: call for stronger jabs

Flu ‘disaster’: call for stronger jabs | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
STRONGER and better flu vaccines will be available for next years flu season with vaccine manufacturers now working to get them approved for use in Australia.
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Experts slam 'utterly false' claims Australians given budget flu vaccine

Experts slam 'utterly false' claims Australians given budget flu vaccine | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
maceutical companies that manufacture the "enhanced" vaccines have also rubbished claims tha
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Budget version of flu vaccine blamed for bad season

Budget version of flu vaccine blamed for bad season | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
A cheap vaccine has been blamed for the number of Australians succumbing to the flu this winter, with more than double the number of confirmed cases.
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Chris Del Mar and Peter Collignon: Another seasonal influenza epidemic – The BMJ

Chris Del Mar and Peter Collignon: Another seasonal influenza epidemic – The BMJ | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
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Why can’t we cure the common cold?

Why can’t we cure the common cold? | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
The long read: After thousands of years of failure, some scientists believe a breakthrough might finally be in sight
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Oxford researchers team to test universal flu vaccine

Oxford researchers team to test universal flu vaccine | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
A seasonal flu vaccine that would be the word's first to fight all types of the virus is to be tested in a two-year clinical trial involving more than 2,000 patients by researchers in Oxford.
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Anti-vaccine voices contending link to autism growing louder on Twitter, five-year CU study shows

Anti-vaccine voices contending link to autism growing louder on Twitter, five-year CU study shows | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
Anti-vaccine views on Twitter linking some immunizations to autism tend to come from areas of high affluence, recent births, University of Colorado study shows.
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WHO swaps out H3N2, B strains in Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine

WHO swaps out H3N2, B strains in Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
similar to the cell-propagated version of Hong Kong vaccine virus from the previous season, but were less similar to the egg-propagated virus
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Territory suffering horror flu season

Territory suffering horror flu season | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
TERRITORIANS are battling their worst flu season in eight years, with more than 1100 diagnosed influenza cases this year.
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'Devoted, gentle' Canberra mum dies from influenza complications

'Devoted, gentle' Canberra mum dies from influenza complications | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
Canberra mother of two Jennifer Thew dies of complications from influenza in what health authorities say is one of the worst flu seasons on record in Australia.
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Should all Australians get free flu vaccines? | AJP

Should all Australians get free flu vaccines? | AJP | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
Stakeholders are calling for the flu vaccination to be made available without cost to all Australians, including children Bastian Seidel, Royal Australian College of Genera
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New study finds link between flu vaccine and miscarriage. But is it real?

New study finds link between flu vaccine and miscarriage. But is it real? | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
nd found that chromosomal abnormalities account for about half of all losses. Without karyotype comparisons of the cases and the control group, there’s no way to determine with confidence wheth
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Flu Vaccines Won’t Improve Without a Massive Incentive for Big Pharma

Flu Vaccines Won’t Improve Without a Massive Incentive for Big Pharma | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
WIRED’s new columnist Maryn McKenna on why this year’s flu season is so bad—and why we need to do more about it.
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Experts slam 'utterly false' claims Australians given budget flu vaccine

Experts slam 'utterly false' claims Australians given budget flu vaccine | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
"To be frank, an increase of 25 per cent on a vaccine that was 30 per cent effective this flu season is about 37 per cent effective. That's the kind of improvement we're talking about.
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Flu shot too weak to stop record outbreak

Flu shot too weak to stop record outbreak | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
It is used even though it does not work well in the elderly, said Immunisation Coalition chair Professor Paul Van Buynder.
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Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers: Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Benefit Underpinning Policies of Enforcement

Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers: Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Benefit Underpinning Policies of Enforcement | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
Background Four cluster randomized controlled trials (cRCTs) conducted in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) have reported reductions in patient risk through increased healthcare worker (HCW) influenza vaccination. This evidence has led to expansive policies of enforcement that include all staff of acute care hospitals and other healthcare settings beyond LTCFs. We critique and quantify the cRCT evidence for indirect patient benefit underpinning policies of mandatory HCW influenza vaccination. Methods Plausibility of the four cRCT findings attributing indirect patient benefits to HCW influenza vaccination was assessed by comparing percentage reductions in patient risk reported by the cRCTs to predicted values. Plausibly predicted values were derived according to the basic mathematical principle of dilution, taking into account HCW influenza vaccine coverage and the specificity of patient outcomes for influenza. Accordingly, predicted values were calculated as a function of relevant compound probabilities including vaccine efficacy (ranging 40–60% in HCWs and favourably assuming the same indirect protection conferred through them to patients) × change in proportionate HCW influenza vaccine coverage (as reported by each cRCT) × percentage of a given patient outcome (e.g. influenza-like illness (ILI) or all-cause mortality) plausibly due to influenza virus. The number needed to vaccinate (NNV) for HCWs to indirectly prevent patient death was recalibrated based on real patient data of hospital-acquired influenza, with adjustment for potential under-detection (5.2-fold), and using favourable assumptions of HCW-attributable risk (ranging 60–80%). Results In attributing patient benefit to increased HCW influenza vaccine coverage, each cRCT was found to violate the basic mathematical principle of dilution by reporting greater percentage reductions with less influenza-specific patient outcomes (i.e., all-cause mortality > ILI > laboratory-confirmed influenza) and/or patient mortality reductions exceeding even favourably-derived predicted values by at least 6- to 15-fold. If extrapolated to all LTCF and hospital staff in the United States, the prior cRCT-claimed NNV of 8 would implausibly mean >200,000 and >675,000 patient deaths, respectively, could be prevented annually by HCW influenza vaccination, inconceivably exceeding total US population mortality estimates due to seasonal influenza each year, or during the 1918 pandemic, respectively. More realistic recalibration based on actual patient data instead shows that at least 6000 to 32,000 hospital workers would need to be vaccinated before a single patient death could potentially be averted. Conclusions The four cRCTs underpinning policies of enforced HCW influenza vaccination attribute implausibly large reductions in patient risk to HCW vaccination, casting serious doubts on their validity. The impression that unvaccinated HCWs place their patients at great influenza peril is exaggerated. Instead, the HCW-attributable risk and vaccine-preventable fraction both remain unknown and the NNV to achieve patient benefit still requires better understanding. Although current scientific data are inadequate to support the ethical implementation of enforced HCW influenza vaccination, they do not refute approaches to support voluntary vaccination or other more broadly protective practices, such as staying home or masking when acutely ill.
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Calls for aged care workers’ flu vaccination misguided - MJA InSight 40, 16 October 2017 | doctorportal

Calls for aged care workers’ flu vaccination misguided - MJA InSight 40, 16 October 2017 | doctorportal | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
Calls for aged care workers’ flu vaccination misguided
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Fresh shortage hits flu battle

Fresh shortage hits flu battle | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
Flu vaccine shortage in Queensland pharmacies again
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Researchers go after the Holy Grail in flu research with the first big study for a universal jab

Researchers go after the Holy Grail in flu research with the first big study for a universal jab | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
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This year's flu epidemic: Your questions answered

This year's flu epidemic: Your questions answered | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
It seems as many as 85 per cent of people vaccinated against flu this year and then exposed to the virus still got infected. Experts explain some key points.
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Immunise - Statement from the Chief Medical Officer on seasonal influenza vaccines

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Why didn't my flu jab work this year?

Why didn't my flu jab work this year? | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
The flu vaccine's effectiveness may have dropped below 40 per cent this year, experts say.
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Canberra mother dies after contracting the flu

Canberra mother dies after contracting the flu | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
It is believed she died after complications linked to the flu.
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Study shows miscarriage risk may have increased after flu shots

Study shows miscarriage risk may have increased after flu shots | Vaccination, infection control, antimicrobials and resistance | Scoop.it
The new finding raises serious questions, but experts and even the authors themselves caution that the results are far from conclusive.
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