Staying home and avoiding others can put a big dent in an epidemic, new TV-flu study finds
Jan. 22, 2015
| By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service
We've heard the advice: If you get sick with the flu, stay home to rest and prevent the spread. Now, a new study that looked at home television viewing during the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic in Mexico shows just how much staying at home and avoiding contact with others can actually quell the spread of infectious diseases like the flu.
Previous influenza infections in childhood may be the culprit, study finds
Oct. 20, 2014
| By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service
Last year’s flu season was particularly brutal, and a surprising population was hit the hardest: young and middle-aged adults. New research suggests that an immune response unique to this age group may be to blame for last year’s flu toll and points to possible improvements to the annual vaccine.
Aggressive infection-control program protected Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients from acquiring clinic-based H1N1 influenza
Dec. 21, 2009
| By Dean Forbes
According to a study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, aggressive infection-control and screening measures at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance during the spring 2009 H1N1 influenza epimedic protected immunocompromised cancer patients from the flu. While the Seattle area had a 100-fold increase in H1N1 cases, there was no corresponding increase among the patient population.
Faculty and staff invited to attend public symposium 7 p.m. in Pelton
Oct. 12, 2009
Three of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s leading infectious disease researchers will present a public symposium on H1N1 swine flu at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pelton Auditorium. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.
Longini study finds that vaccination of children and 70 percent of U.S. population could control pandemic H1N1 influenza
Sept. 14, 2009
| By Dean Forbes
According to computer modeling and analysis of observational studies conducted by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute, an aggressive vaccination program that first targets children and ultimately reaches 70 percent of the U.S. population would mitigate pandemic H1N1 influenza that is expected this fall.