First comprehensive structural data on a key flu protein—it’s central to infection

Influenza A viruses spawn epidemics, global pandemics and sweeping outbreaks that kill millions of birds, yet only now have flu scientists obtained comprehensive, high-resolution structural data on a protein that is key to the very survival of an influenza virus. The highlighted protein is RNA polymerase, which transcribes and replicates the viral genome in the nucleus of host cells. Dr. […]

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Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “Given these results, it is my belief that all patients with high blood pressure should have an annual flu vaccination,” said first author Daniel […]

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High-dose, immune-boosting or four-strain? A guide to flu vaccines for over-65s

Flu vaccines work by exposing the body to a component of the virus so it can “practise” fighting it off, without risking infection. The immune system can then mount a more rapid and effective response when faced with a “real” virus. Three types of influenza vaccines are available in Australia: “standard” vaccines that contains four different strains of influenza a […]

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Slow start, but it’s not over yet: 5 things to know about this year’s flu season

As influenza season trudges on, public health officials report fewer cases than last year’s severe and deadly season. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released recently shows a more effective vaccine compared with the previous two seasons and called this season a low-severity year so far for influenza—classified as having a fever, cough and body aches. But local […]

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This year’s flu shot is 72% effective against the dominant strain – much better than last year’s, researchers say

Canadian researchers say that this year’s flu vaccine appears to reduce the risk of catching the dominant flu strain by 72 per cent – much better than last year’s flu shot. “A vaccine effectiveness of about 70 per cent means that among 10 cases of influenza in unvaccinated people, the number would have been reduced to just three cases if […]

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A century after the Spanish flu, preparing for the next pandemic

Spare a thought this morning as you open up or login to the Herald  over breakfast. With their toast and porridge, Herald readers 100 years ago to the day – on January 25, 1919 – read the news of the suspected arrival in their midst of what was to become the most threatening health crisis Sydney has ever faced – the so-called […]

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