Study Shows Potential Benefits of Newer Flu Vaccines

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February 9, 2024

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Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

Seasonal flu activity remains elevated, with increases occurring in some parts of the country, particularly the Midwest and Central regions. Nationally, percent positivity for influenza overall remained stable. However, percent positivity for influenza A decreased slightly, and percent positivity for influenza B increased slightly, driven primarily by activity in regions 5 and 7. Eight flu-related deaths in children were reported this week. One additional death registered last season was corrected and updated to this season, bringing the total number this season to 74.
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Study Shows Potential Benefits of Newer Flu Vaccines 

A CDC study that examined people’s immune response to various flu vaccines suggests that vaccination with non-egg-based flu vaccines might improve the antibody response to circulating flu viruses over traditional egg-based vaccines. The findings indicate that repeated vaccination with non-egg-based flu vaccines could redirect antibody responses from immune memory, offering possible insights for improving vaccination strategy.  
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Guidance on Antiviral Drugs for Adults, Pregnant People and Children

If you get sick with flu, antiviral drugs are a treatment option. Flu treatment with antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms, shorten the duration of illness, and may reduce complications of flu. CDC has guidance on flu antiviral treatment for adults, children, and pregnant people. Prompt treatment is recommended for people at higher risk of flu complications and hospitalized patients with suspected or confirmed flu.
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