Synopsis The flu vaccine has low effectiveness, but that effectiveness is still better than nothing It has higher effectiveness in some age groups, lower in others There was a mismatch between the most common H3N2 influenza strain and the vaccine, bringing the effectiveness lower We need better influenza vaccine technology… […]
Today’s weekly national flu report had the following nugget of information under the virology section: “41(48%) of the 85 H3N2 viruses tested have been characterized as A/Texas/50/2012-like, the influenza A (H3N2) component of the 2014-2015 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine. 44 (52%) of the 85 viruses tested showed either reduced titers […]
About 11 minutes in which I tell you about a group of kids from Africa and SE Asia came to the area and managed to bring the flu with them. Leave it to me to run into the building where they were while not wearing any personal protective equipment. As it turns out, I had all the protection I needed for that time… But I won’t do that again.
Influenza season is in full swing in the United States, with several deaths reported in different places in the country. There was even a death in Canada associated with the dreaded H5N1 strain from Asia. The six years that I spent at the health department were about 70% all about […]
Stop reading right this instant if you don’t want to know what happened last night on “The Walking Dead”. You’ve been warned. Stop. Okay, for the rest of you, I’m going to give you a very, very quick recap of what happened on last night’s season four premiere.
If you know me, then you’ll know that I’m a big geek when it comes to all things influenza. The virus is fascinating. It mutates often enough to stay ahead of our immune systems and ahead of the finest epidemiologists in the world. It has killed millions, and it can […]
I did the following radio interview back in April of 2010, shortly after the 2009 influenza pandemic, for Maryland Morning. It’s ten minutes that seemed eternal to me because of the questions she threw at me. (If you don’t see the audio player to play the interview in your browser, […]
I gave a lecture on influenza surveillance in Maryland the other day. It was at that school I’ll be going to in the fall. The audio follows, and the slides are after that: SLIDES – http://bit.ly/13jun13pres
I gave a very quick presentation today at our Zoonotic Disease Update. The presentation was on the public health response to a novel influenza virus situation. It was the first part of a two-part presentation on the H3N2v situation from last year. I didn’t record the second part. Sorry. A […]