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Understanding the Influenza Virus

2019 25 Jul

Diagnosis of the Influenza virus remains a challenge in the ICU. It is vital that knowledge of its pathophysiology and epidemiology is known so clinicians can make informed decisions regarding their patients’ health.   The Influenza virus is found most commonly to replicate in the respiratory tract in humans. This is mainly due to the haemagglutinin... Read more

Oseltamivir Effective against Influenza

2015 02 Feb

This year, the flu vaccine is not considered to be a good match for the current strain of influenza. Keeping that in mind, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the use of antiviral drugs to help treat it. Antivirals have often been criticised for being ineffective but new evidence indicates that they can alleviate... Read more

Universal Flu Shot on the Horizon

2015 18 Jan

It is already known that this year's flu shot is not completely effective and will not be a good match against the influenza strain. However, researchers at McMaster University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York are confident that a universal flu vaccine is on the horizon thanks to the discovery of a new class of antibodies... Read more