Flu

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FDA expert panel endorses idea of removing a component from flu vaccine

Arnold Monto quoted in Stat

The Food and Drug Administration’s expert vaccine advisory panel on Thursday unanimously endorsed the idea of taking a strain of influenza viruses that no longer appears to circulate out of flu shots as quickly as possible, pressing the FDA and manufacturers to try to get the work done on an expedited timeline.

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Looking at 10 years of data, experts recommend improvements to the flu vaccine

Q&A with Arnold Monto

According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, while there have been major advances over the last decade in an effort to improve the effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccine, innovative approaches are needed to significantly improve vaccine effectiveness. Study author Arnold Monto, professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, discusses the findings.

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Day care and the flu: Using robots, ferrets to explore ways to stop the spread

New research from Emily Martin

A new study seeks to better understand how behavioral and environmental factors affect the transmission of respiratory viruses in child care settings. Called MITIGATE FLU (Multidisciplinary InvesTIGation to Ease inFLUenza), the research is a collaboration between Virginia Tech, the University of Michigan, Emory University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Three young children play on a carpet with toy cars in a classroom.

Team of researchers seeks to mitigate flu and other respiratory viruses for children in indoor environments

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, Emory University, Virginia Tech, and Georgetown University are collaborating to investigate the transmission of flu in child care settings. Emily Martin, associate professor of Epidemiology at Michigan Public Health, is co-lead for one of the projects focusing on environmental factors driving flu transmission in child care settings.

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New Study Links Cadmium to More Severe Flu, Pneumonia Infections

New research from Sung Kyun Park

High levels of cadmium, a chemical found in cigarettes and in contaminated vegetables, are associated with higher death rates in patients with influenza or pneumonia—and may increase the severity of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, according to a new study.