Tag: influenza


Apr

25

2010

Studies Fail To Demonstrate Safety Or Effectiveness Of Influenza Vaccine In Children And Adults

Studies Fail To Demonstrate Safety Or Effectiveness Of Influenza Vaccine In Children And Adults An independent analysis by the internationally renowned Cochrane Collaboration of worldwide influenza vaccine studies, published in the British Medical Journal on Oct. 28, concluded there is little scientific proof that inactivated influenza vaccine is safe and effective for children and adults. Citing the Cochrane Collaboration finding as well as methodological flaws...

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Apr

01

2010

Influenza vaccination for healthcare workers who work with the elderly

Influenza vaccination for healthcare workers who work with the elderly Thomas RE, Jefferson T, Lasserson TJ Summary Influenza vaccination for healthcare workers who work with the elderly There are no accurate data on rates of laboratory-proven influenza in healthcare workers. The three studies in the first publication of this review and the two new studies we identified in this update are all at high risk...

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Mar

12

2010

Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren

Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Mar 10. [Epub ahead of print] Urashima M, Segawa T, Okazaki M, Kurihara M, Wada Y, Ida H. Division of Molecular Epidemiology Jikei University School of Medicine Minato-ku Tokyo Japan. BACKGROUND: To our knowledge, no rigorously designed clinical trials have evaluated the relation between vitamin D and physician-diagnosed seasonal influenza. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of vitamin D supplements on...

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Feb

22

2010

Influenza Vaccine Has No Effect In Elderly

Late last year HFA published a study from the Mayo Clinic showing flu shots in children actually increased the likelihood of hospitalization. Now a new study is stating that flu shots in the elderly mostly likely have no health benefits at all. There is no evidence to support the contention that the influenza vaccine administered to the over 65s is of any more use than...

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Feb

12

2010

Washington Health Department Suspends Mercury Restrictions for Swine Flu Vaccine

In preparation for swine-flu vaccinations next month, the state of Washington’s Health Department has temporarily suspended a rule that limits the amount of a mercury preservative in vaccines given to pregnant women and children under the age of 3. Thimerosal has been eliminated from most vaccines in the United States, and the compound may  be linked to autism. But it will be added to the...

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Feb

12

2010

Might the Flu be Little More Than a Symptom of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin,” may very well be one of the most beneficial vitamins there is for disease prevention. Unfortunately it’s also one of the vitamins that a vast majority of people across the world are deficient in due to lack of regular exposure to sunshine. Published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection in 2006, the hypothesis presented by Dr. John Cannell and colleagues in the paper Epidemic...

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Feb

09

2010

Sales of Flu Shots and Drugs Help Lift Walgreen’s Profit

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – Published: December 21, 2009 DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The drugstore operator Walgreen Company said on Monday that its quarterly profit rose 20 percent, mainly because of higher sales of prescription drugs and flu shots. The company said that results, which topped Wall Street estimates, were helped by greater demand for flu shots in September and October and that its pharmacies...

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