Flu vaccines boost immunity against many strains

Researchers have found that seasonal flu vaccines protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types.

Why H7N9 flu vaccine adjuvant is essential for effective immune response

A new study has revealed that H7N9 flu vaccine adjuvant, a component that boosts the body's immune response and enhances the effectiveness of inactivated influenza vaccines, is essential for effective immune response.

Single dose drug to treat influenza shows promise

There could soon be a single dose therapy to treat influenza in the US.

Older people should get high dose flu shot: Study

Older people are likely to benefit from a high-dose flu vaccine to ward off the seasonal malaise, which can be particularly dangerous to those over 65, researchers said Wednesday.

Influenza patients in US wrongly prescribed antibiotics?

Taking antibiotics does not help patients suffering from influenza, a viral disease, but nearly 30 percent of the flu patients who were treated during the 2012-2013 influenza season in the US may have been prescribed unnecessary antibiotics instead of antiviral therapy, says a study.

US govt lab mixed up potent flu strain

A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, authorities said today.

Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza, respiratory virus

A new study has found that ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages.

Achilles` heel of influenza discovered

Researchers have claimed to have discovered that influenza has an Achilles` heel.

Reducing fevers raises spread of flu: Study

Taking over-the-counter medication to reduce a fever might help a person to feel better, but may also be increasing the spread of the virus, according to a new Canadian study.

SMSes a novel way to boost vaccination

Sending SMS alerts can help boost the rate of vaccination among low-income groups in developing countries like India.

Texas confirms 20 flu deaths

Health officials confirmed at least 20 people have died from flu, mostly H1N1 influenza, in north Texas this season, media reported Tuesday.

Genetic clue to fighting H7N9 flu uncovered

A team of researchers has discovered a genetic marker that can accurately predict which patients will experience more severe disease in a new strain of influenza (H7N9) currently found in China.

Antibody that can help immune system fight off flu virus identified

A new study has suggested that an antibody that blocks a component of a key signalling pathway in the respiratory airways could help the immune system rid the body of the influenza virus.

Flu vaccine helps ward off serious child illness

The flu vaccine prevents the virus more than half the time in children and can also ward off more serious sickness, said the findings of a major clinical trial Wednesday.

Resistant flu virus keeps contagiousness

A mutant form of the H7N9 flu virus that is resistant to frontline drugs is just as contagious as its non-resistant counterpart, according to a lab test reported on Tuesday.

Even healthy children and teens die of the flu

Every flu season, health officials warn that people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to severe flu infections, but a new study shows that more than 40 percent of flu-infected kids who die have no other chronic health problems.

Indian-origin scientist’s new home test for early diagnosis of influenza

An Indian-origin scientist has developed a new technology which is showing promise as the basis for a much-needed home test to diagnose influenza quickly.

Influenza can be `deadly` for new mums and obese people

New mothers and obese people, two groups that not typically identified as risk groups, have been found at a greater risk of death and other severe outcomes from influenza, according to a study.

Flu shots effective regardless of circulating influenza strain

Though strains going around during flu season often don`t match a particular vaccine, new research has found that the shot still does a good job of preventing the onset of the flu.

Saliva proteins may protect older people from bird flu

A study on human saliva provides new insights into why older people were better able to fight off the new strains of "bird" flu and "swine" flu than younger people.