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Influenza Archives

Enzyme holds the door for influenza

Aug. 20, 2014—Compounds developed at Vanderbilt University may offer a new way to block influenza infection.

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High-dose flu vaccine more effective in elderly, Vanderbilt-led study shows

Aug. 13, 2014—High-dose influenza vaccine is 24 percent more effective than the standard-dose vaccine in protecting persons ages 65 and over against influenza illness and its complications.

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Cutting-edge research to be showcased in May

May. 1, 2014—Potentially “game-changing” research at Vanderbilt University on infectious diseases, population health and health policy will be showcased during two interactive presentations May 15 and May 22. A segment of the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series, the new “Vanderbilt Cutting-edge Discovery” discussions are highlights of recent presentations to the Vanderbilt Biomedical Science Advisory Board, a group of...

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Flu boosts pneumococcal colonization

Mar. 27, 2014—Influenza and parainfluenza infections – but not other respiratory viruses – increase the risk of acquiring pneumococcal bacteria, the most common cause of severe pneumonia.

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VU testing vaccine against new flu threat

Sep. 19, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) is one of nine U.S. sites funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to test the effectiveness of a vaccine to protect against the H7N9 bird flu that emerged in China this spring.

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Controversial info release aids VUMC bird flu research

Sep. 5, 2013—Vanderbilt research shows that human antibodies to the natural strain of H5N1 also protected against a dangerous lab-created airborne strain developed several years ago by scientists in the Netherlands and at the University of Wisconsin.

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Vaccine researchers ready as new flu strain evolves

Aug. 22, 2013—A worrisome new avian influenza virus, called H7N9, emerged this spring in Eastern China.

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Flulapalooza vaccination event set for Sept. 25

Aug. 15, 2013—Vanderbilt University and Medical Center faculty, staff, students and volunteers will once again have the opportunity to be part of a mass flu vaccination event that two years ago more than doubled the current world record for the total number of vaccinations given in an eight-hour period.

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Flulapalooza 3 is Sept. 25

Aug. 14, 2013—Flulapalooza 3 will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a tent between Light Hall and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

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Vanderbilt researchers work to balance flu vaccine debate

Apr. 4, 2013—Research in the last two years to examine the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine has raised public doubt about the flu shot's effectiveness. But two Vanderbilt researchers co-wrote an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently to help balance the current debate.

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Structural snapshot hints at new influenza approach

Feb. 21, 2013—A careful look at how the body’s natural defenses disarm virulent strains of influenza hints at the possibility of a way to fight the flu.

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Vaccination still key defense as flu season continues

Feb. 14, 2013—As is the case throughout the country, this year’s flu season in Middle Tennessee is hitting elderly people particularly hard.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

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