In the Journals

Trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines offer similar protection against flu B illness

February 15, 2020
Trivalent and quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccines offered similar protection against influenza B illness during four recent influenza…

AAFP survey: Flu shot uptake among millennials is poor

February 12, 2020
Citing a lack of time and forgetfulness, 55% of millennials did not get the influenza vaccine this year, according to a recent survey of 1,000 adults…

In the Journals

Treatment with antivirals, antibiotics reduces respiratory hospitalization risk in patients with flu

February 4, 2020
Patients prescribed antivirals and antibiotics during treatment for influenza have a lower risk for 30-day hospitalization compared with patients…

FDA NewsPerspective

FDA approves pandemic H5N1 flu vaccine Audenz

February 3, 2020
The FDA announced the approval of a vaccine to protect against pandemic influenza A(H5N1). Audenz (Seqirus) is the first-ever adjuvanted, cell-based…


‘Mixed bag’ flu season has been particularly tough on children

January 28, 2020
For the first time in 27 years, influenza B viruses have predominated in the United States, accounting for more than 56% of samples tested in public…


Early influenza B activity causes some severe illness in Louisiana children

January 23, 2020
The 2019-2020 influenza season in Louisiana arrived earlier than usual, with the majority of infections caused by influenza B — a strain that…

Hooked on ID

Hooked on ID with Aaron E. Glatt, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

Infectious Disease News, January 2020
Some decisions in life are quite difficult and complex; others come more easily and naturally. For me, the latter was the case with my decision to…

In the Journals

Fitbit data improve state-level influenza predictions

January 21, 2020
Resting heart rates are likely spike during infectious diseases episodes, such as influenza, which is captured by wearable devices like smartwatches…

FDA News

FDA grants fast track designation to NanoFlu for influenza vaccination in older adults

January 15, 2020
The FDA granted fast track designation to NanoFlu for adults 65 years and older. “The FDA’s decision to grant Fast Track Designation for…

WHO lists 10 ‘urgent’ global health challenges for the new decade

January 14, 2020
WHO published a list of 10 global health challenges for the next decade that it said “reflects a deep concern that leaders are failing to…

In the Journals

Influenza vaccination strategy for pregnant women with HIV still needs improvement

January 9, 2020
A double-dose influenza vaccine regimen resulted in slightly greater immunogenicity among pregnant women with HIV than a single-dose regimen…

Top 10 most-read Infectious Disease News stories of 2019

December 31, 2019
To mark the transition to a new year, we have compiled a list of the top 10 most-read Infectious Disease News stories of 2019 on Please…

Hooked on ID

Hooked on ID with C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH

Infectious Disease News, December 2019
I was the intern on call for the pediatric oncology service at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital when my mother called with news that my father…


Q&A: Few child care centers require flu vaccination in kids, caregivers

December 18, 2019
Despite a CDC recommendation that everyone aged 6 months or older receive a seasonal influenza vaccine, only 24.5% of childcare centers reported…


‘Worthwhile to consider’: Does the world need a pentavalent flu vaccine?

December 10, 2019
Study findings showed that last season’s influenza vaccine “offered no substantial protection” against H3N2 viruses that moved…

Q&A: Reducing presenteeism among health care personnel

December 7, 2019
In March 2018, infectious disease physicians in the Emerging Infections Network received a survey asking about their institution’s experiences…

National Influenza Vaccination Week focuses on preventing complications

December 6, 2019
In light of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which is taking place through Saturday, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is…


An ‘unusual’ start to flu season: Influenza B predominates early

November 27, 2019
The proportion of outpatient visits attributed to influenza-like illness climbed above the national baseline for the first time this season…

Hooked on ID

Hooked on ID with Elizabeth Connick, MD

Infectious Disease News, November 2019
I fell in love with immunology as a first-year medical student at Harvard in a class taught by the Nobel Prize-winning immunologist Baruj Benacerraf…


Seasonal severity, vaccine effectiveness not associated with flu vaccination rates

November 21, 2019
Neither seasonal severity nor vaccine effectiveness were associated with influenza vaccination rates over eight recent influenza seasons, although…