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Using the Microbiome to Help Premature Babies Grow

Monday, October 29, 2018

About half of babies born prematurely struggle to grow, putting them at risk of health problems that can last a lifetime. Despite years of research, physicians lack a method that consistently helps these infants thrive.


Flu Shot Facts: What, Why and When 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Flu season is rapidly approaching and ads for flu shots are popping up everywhere. Should you get one? Will it work? UR Medicine vaccine expert Dr. John Treanor explains what's new this year and why it's important to get a flu shot every year.


URMC Researchers Discover Rare Flu-Thwarting Mutation

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body's immune system. This University of Rochester Medical Center discovery could provide a new strategy for live influenza vaccines in the future.


New Technologies May Speed Flu Vaccine Testing

Monday, September 12, 2016

Benjamin Miller, Ph.D., professor of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently received yet another patent for a new technology that can detect miniscule amounts of specific molecules in blood or other liquids. The latest patent focuses on using this technology for quicker and easier detection of immune responses to the flu.


Scientists Seek to Improve Flu Vaccine for the Very Young

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have discovered a way to make a nasal spray flu vaccine safer for those who are at greatest risk of catching the flu, particularly infants under the age of 2. The work is early and a long way from being applied in people, but offers promise for a vaccine that could better protect the most vulnerable.


Flu Fighters: Does That Shot Make a Difference?

Monday, January 19, 2015

As flu illness grips the nation, stubborn questions persist about the effectiveness of flu shots. UR Medicine expert Dr. John Treanor explains why it’s important to get a flu shot, even when it seems like it doesn’t work.



National Publications

Will Your Flu Shot Weaken as Flu Season Drags On?

Monday, February 25, 2019

This year's flu season hasn't been as severe as last year's, but it may not have peaked yet, public health officials say. So, if you dutifully got your flu shot in the fall, will your immunity wane before flu season does?


Is It Too Soon to Get the Flu Vaccine?

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Pharmacies have been advertising the shot for weeks already, but in some cases it might pay to wait before you vaccinate


Could this be a better way to build a flu vaccine?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

As a deadly flu season continues to ravage the United States, scientists are scrambling to find new ways to fight the virus, including building vaccines that offer stronger protection against the most aggressive flu strains and last longer than just one season.

One new study offers a novel approach to developing such a vaccine.

Toward a Universal Flu Vaccine

​Monday, November 27, 2017

It’s time for your yearly flu shot. But why do we have to do this every year? Why can’t we get a flu shot once – maybe a booster now and again – and be done with it, like we do with other vaccinations? There are scientists working to accomplish just that.


Experts Outline Pathway to a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Scientists and clinicians from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the California Institute of Technology discuss key considerations for developing a universal influenza vaccine in a meeting report appearing in the October 17 issue of Immunity.

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Illuminating the flu: A new technology could make it easier for researchers to fight a host of diseases

Monday, December 6, 2016

To stop a flu epidemic before it starts, you’ve got to know your enemy. But for epidemiologists and vaccine developers involved in the annual fight against the flu, it’s not enough to identify the mere presence of a flu virus. You’ve got to know exactly which virus you’re dealing with and how widely it has spread.


Flu Season: 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know This Year

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Your family and coworkers are constantly coughing and the communal tissues are running low. There’s no doubt about it: Cold and flu season is here.

“The cold and flu season really begins when school starts in September, and continues all the way through the spring season,” said Dr. David Topham, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester.


Infant Nose, Lung Cells Possess Remarkably Similar RNA Patterns

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cells from an infant’s nose are remarkably similar to those found in the lungs, a discovery that could lead to much more precise diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other infant lung diseases, according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).


Researchers discover rare flu-thwarting mutation

Monday, October 3, 2016

A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body's immune system. This University of Rochester Medical Center discovery could provide a new strategy for live influenza vaccines in the future.


Flu Vaccines Might be Aiming at the Wrong Target, Study Shows

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A new study may help explain why flu vaccines work so poorly. It finds that when testing how well an experimental new vaccine works, researchers may be looking in the wrong place — or at least they're not looking in all the places they should.


Local Publications

Connections: When could we see the next flu pandemic?

Monday, April 16, 2018

This year marks the 100th anniversary of what's called the "greatest pandemic in history. -- the 1918 flu virus, also called the Spanish flu. That flu lead to the deaths of between 50 and 100 million people. Many people may think that an outbreak of that magnitude couldn't happen in today's world, but doctors say we are still vulnerable to pandemics.

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Three flu deaths in Monroe County, what doctors say to watch out for.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The flu season can last until May, but doctors and researchers say this year is already proving to be a bad one. 

"We do have more cases this year, that's because it's a different strain and the vaccine is somewhat less effective than it usually is," said David Topham, a professor of microbiology for URMC.


Nursing homes protecting residents against deadly H3N2 flu

January, 2018

It's the height of a vicious flu season, one that has already claimed three lives in Monroe County.

"What actually kills them is organ failure,” said U. of R. Professor David Topham of Immunology & Microbiology. “They go into a sort of inflammatory shock, their whole system.”


URMC study: New nasal spray flu vaccine could be safe for children under two

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A new URMC study found a way to make a nasal spray flu vaccine safer for young children under the age of two. Available nasal spray vaccines, such as FluMist, are offered every year. However, it is only approved for use in people ages two through 49. At this point, infants can't get a nasal spray flu vaccine because it may cause wheezing.