Content about Influenza

September 24, 2013

As many as 95% of consumers indicated that they or someone in their households have suffered from cold, flu or allergies in the past 12 months, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in August. The overwhelming majority of those sufferers sought treatment of the ailment or its symptoms (99%) — mainly in the form of over-the-counter therapies (91%).

As many as 95% of consumers indicated that they or someone in their households have suffered from cold, flu or allergies in the past 12 months, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in August. The overwhelming majority of those sufferers sought treatment of the ailment or its symptoms (99%) — mainly in the form of over-the-counter therapies (91%). To see more Patient Views, click here

September 19, 2013

Sanofi's vaccines division is targeting people who have not received vaccinations against flu this season in an effort to encourage them to do so.

SWIFTWATER, Pa. — Sanofi's vaccines division is targeting people who have not received vaccinations against flu this season in an effort to encourage them to do so.

Sanofi Pasteur announced Thursday the launch of its "The FLUgitives" campaign. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone ages 6 months and older, but according to the CDC, about 20% of the population gets the flu each year, while 226,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications.

September 17, 2013

Bartell Drugs has started its annual flu vaccination program, the Seattle-based retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has started its annual flu vaccination program, the Seattle-based retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Bartell said it would offer in-store vaccinations at its 61 stores and an off-site flu clinic program for businesses and retirement communities. Pharmacists can give vaccinations to anyone ages 5 years and older without appointment, though customers younger than 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccinations every year for everyone ages 6 months and older.

September 17, 2013

Kimberly Clark is preparing to launch a new flu-tracker tool at MyAchoo.com.

NEW YORK — Kimberly Clark is preparing to launch a new flu-tracker tool at MyAchoo.com.

The MyAchoo.com site utilizes Centers for Disease Control data to feed a proprietary forecasting model that will predict where illness will spike within the next three weeks, according to a report published Tuesday by Advertising Age. Preliminary tests suggest the tool is 90% accurate, Kimberly Clark told Ad Age.

September 11, 2013

A vaccine to slow the progression of HIV and a monoclonal antibody that protects against influenza are among the nearly 300 vaccines under development by drug makers in the United States, according to a new report by a drug industry trade group.

WASHINGTON — A vaccine to slow the progression of HIV and a monoclonal antibody that protects against influenza are among the nearly 300 vaccines under development by drug makers in the United States, according to a new report by a drug industry trade group.

September 10, 2013

According to an August 2013 poll of 500 AccentHealth viewers, 95% indicate that they or someone in their household has suffered from cold, flu or allergies in the past 12 months. The overwhelming majority of those sufferers sought treatment of the ailment or its symptoms (99%) — mainly in the form of over-the-counter therapies (91%).

According to an August 2013 poll of 500 AccentHealth viewers, 95% indicate that they or someone in their household has suffered from cold, flu or allergies in the past 12 months. The overwhelming majority of those sufferers sought treatment of the ailment or its symptoms (99%) — mainly in the form of over-the-counter therapies (91%).

September 10, 2013

A study published by the Annals of Family Medicine found that 30.5% of adults seeking vaccinations did so during the evening (17.4%), on the weekend (10.2%) or on a holiday (2.9%), such as Columbus Day or Veterans Day.

LOS ANGELES — A study published Monday evening by the Annals of Family Medicine found that 30.5% of adults seeking vaccinations did so during the evening (17.4%), on the weekend (10.2%) or on a holiday (2.9%), such as Columbus Day or Veterans Day. The study also found that the patients who most likely received vaccinations during these times were younger (less than 65 years old), male, residing in urban areas and without chronic conditions — groups with historically lower vaccination rates. 

September 9, 2013

Giant Food has started offering flu vaccinations at all of its in-store pharmacies, the supermarket chain said.

LANDOVER, Md. – Giant Food has started offering flu vaccinations at all of its in-store pharmacies, the supermarket chain said Monday.

Giant, based in Landover, Md., and owned by Ahold USA, said customers with a Giant Pharmacy Prescription Savings Care would receive $10 off the regular price of a flu shot and that most major insurance plans and Medicare would be accepted. Also, customers will be eligible to receive a coupon book with more than $40 in savings from various vendors.

September 4, 2013

Walgreens on Wednesday partnered with the United Nations Foundation to help provide vaccines during this flu season to children in developing countries through a donation to the Foundation's Shot@Life campaign.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday partnered with the United Nations Foundation to help provide up to 3 million vaccines during this flu season to children in developing countries through a donation to the Foundation's Shot@Life campaign.

Beginning Sept. 3 through Oct. 14, for every vaccine administered at any Walgreens pharmacy, Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacy in New York, Walgreens will donate the value of a vaccine, primarily those for polio and measles, through Shot@Life for up to 3 million vaccines. 

August 29, 2013

New mothers and obese people, two groups not typically regarded as risk groups, were found to have a higher risk of death and other severe outcomes from influenza, according to a global study sponsored by the World Health Organization that was released Tuesday.

HAMILTON, Ontario — New mothers and obese people, two groups not typically regarded as risk groups, were found to have a higher risk of death and other severe outcomes from influenza, according to a global study sponsored by the World Health Organization that was released Tuesday.

August 27, 2013

The National Council on Aging on Tuesday announced that actor Lee Majors is joining the Council's Flu + You program to help encourage seniors to get their annual flu shots.

WASHINGTON — The National Council on Aging on Tuesday announced that actor Lee Majors is joining the Council's Flu + You program to help encourage seniors to get their annual flu shots. As a part of his involvement in the Flu + You campaign, Majors will appear in a public service announcement that follows him as he embarks on "an important and action-packed mission: learning about his vaccine options and getting vaccinated against the flu."

August 26, 2013

At least one company making rapid influenza tests agrees with proposed new standards from the Food and Drug Administration.

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — At least one company making rapid influenza tests agrees with proposed new standards from the Food and Drug Administration.

BD said Monday that it would support the FDA's proposal to reclassify rapid influenza tests as Class II devices. They are currently considered Class I, and the new classification would hold them to higher performance standards in order to give healthcare providers criteria for evaluating the tests they use.

August 26, 2013

Walgreens announced that this year's flu shots are now available at all Walgreens pharmacies, Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced that this year's flu shots are now available at all Walgreens pharmacies, Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York. 

August 22, 2013

Novartis said Wednesday it would ship a "minimum" of 30 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine to customers in the United States this season.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Novartis said Wednesday it would ship a "minimum" of 30 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine to customers in the United States this season.

August 19, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline that protects against four strains of the flu, the drug maker said.

LONDON — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline that protects against four strains of the flu, the drug maker said.

August 16, 2013

Customers can visit any of the more than 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies to receive a flu shot, which are covered by most insurance plans including Medicare Part B, from a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist, subject to state regulations.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has announced that seasonal flu shots are now available at all Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.

Customers can visit any of the more than 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies to receive a flu shot, which are covered by most insurance plans including Medicare Part B, from a Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist, subject to state regulations.

August 15, 2013

According to a new survey from CVS/pharmacy, less than half of those surveyed (46%) were more likely to get a flu shot this year following last season's late flu outbreak. However, many more (59%) said they consider it a social responsibility to get the flu shot every year in order to keep their community healthy and minimize the spread of the influenza virus.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — According to a new survey from CVS/pharmacy, less than half of those surveyed (46%) were more likely to get a flu shot this year following last season's late flu outbreak. However, many more (59%) said they consider it a social responsibility to get the flu shot every year in order to keep their community healthy and minimize the spread of the influenza virus.

August 15, 2013

Starting in August, licensed pharmacists at more than 560 U.S. Sam's Club pharmacy locations will administer flu shots and nine immunizations recommended to help protect against diseases, such as pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. All Sam's Club pharmacies are open to the public.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Every Sam's Club location with a pharmacy will offer year-round adult immunizations, Sam's Club announced today. Starting in August, licensed pharmacists at more than 560 U.S. Sam's Club pharmacy locations will administer flu shots and nine immunizations recommended to help protect against diseases, such as pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. All Sam's Club pharmacies are open to the public.

August 5, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved for shipment the latest version of a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine, the drug maker said Monday.

PHILADELPHIA — The Food and Drug Administration has approved for shipment the latest version of a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine, the drug maker said Monday.

The FDA approved the Fluarix Quadrivalent (influenza virus vaccine) for the 2013-2014 season for shipment to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distribution centers and healthcare providers. GSK said this would be the first season in which vaccines protecting against more than three strains will be available.

July 18, 2013

The July/August 2013 Pain Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Tylenol 8 Hour, Advil Liqui-Gels, Aleve Liquid Gels, Bayer Aspirin Plus, Excedrin Extra Strength, Hyland's Leg Cramps, BenGay Pain Relief and Massage, and Salonpas Pain Relief Patch.

The July/August 2013 Pain Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Tylenol 8 Hour, Advil Liqui-Gels, Aleve Liquid Gels, Bayer Aspirin Plus, Excedrin Extra Strength, Hyland's Leg Cramps, BenGay Pain Relief and Massage, and Salonpas Pain Relief Patch.

July 15, 2013

A team of scientists at The Wistar Institute has determined that it might be possible to stimulate the immune system against multiple strains of influenza virus by sequentially vaccinating individuals with distinct influenza strains isolated over the last century, researchers announced Monday.

PHILADELPHIA — A team of scientists at The Wistar Institute has determined that it might be possible to stimulate the immune system against multiple strains of influenza virus by sequentially vaccinating individuals with distinct influenza strains isolated over the last century, researchers announced Monday. 

Their results also suggest that world health experts might need to re-evaluate standard tests used for surveillance of novel influenza strains. Their findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

June 17, 2013

Walgreens today announced a donation to the Pan American Health Organization to help make 35,000 doses of flu vaccine available to at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua, building upon a successful public-private initiative to help create greater access to seasonal flu vaccine in developing countries.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens today announced a donation to the Pan American Health Organization to help make 35,000 doses of flu vaccine available to at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua, building upon a successful public-private initiative to help create greater access to seasonal flu vaccine in developing countries.

June 7, 2013

The May/June 2013 Skin/itch Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion, CeraVe Renewing SA Cream, Olay Advanced Healing, Curel Itch Defense, Vaseline Intensive Rescue, Tecnu Extreme, Benadryl ExtraStrength Spray and Allegra Anti-itch Cream.

The May/June 2013 Skin/itch Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion, CeraVe Renewing SA Cream, Olay Advanced Healing, Curel Itch Defense, Vaseline Intensive Rescue, Tecnu Extreme, Benadryl ExtraStrength Spray and Allegra Anti-itch Cream.

May 14, 2013

A Harris Interactive poll released found that 44% of all adults reported getting their flu shot this past season, the second time flu shot penetration has reached that high in four years, and even more are expected to get a flu shot next season.

NEW YORK — A Harris Interactive poll released Tuesday found that 44% of all adults reported getting their flu shot this past season, the second time flu shot penetration has reached that high in four years, and even more are expected to get a flu shot next season. Almost half of consumers had reported getting the flu shot in the previous season in April 2011.

April 4, 2013

The March/April 2013 Allergy Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Claritin-D, Allegra-D, Zyrtec-D, Benadryl-D, Advil Allergy and Congestion Relief, UrgentRx Allergy Attack, Hyland's Seasonal Allergy Relief, Similasan's Nasal Allergy Relief and Boiron's Sabadil.

The March/April 2013 Allergy Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Claritin-D, Allegra-D, Zyrtec-D, Benadryl-D, Advil Allergy and Congestion Relief, UrgentRx Allergy Attack, Hyland's Seasonal Allergy Relief, Similasan's Nasal Allergy Relief and Boiron's Sabadil.