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Advances in mRNA technology could produce new flu vaccine
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Advances in mRNA technology could produce new flu vaccine

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Scientists who developed the COVID-19 vaccine used a new technology called mRNA, or messenger RNA. Now, researchers at Yale University are building on that discovery by using mRNA technology to improve the flu vaccine.The COVID pandemic required a rapid response from scientists, bringing vaccine technology that had been studied for years front and center.Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist, Onyema Ogbuagu, MD says “I think that when the world had an urgent need for vaccines. When Sars-CoV-2 virus hit, that causes COVID, then it became an opportunity to test this new approach to vaccine development.”Traditional vaccines put a weakened germ into our bodies, but mRNA shots, like the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines teach cells to make a pro...
No new pediatric flu deaths in B.C. this week, BCCDC says
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No new pediatric flu deaths in B.C. this week, BCCDC says

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control said Thursday it had not documented any new influenza-related deaths among children and youth in the past week. The statement, contained in a weekly “respiratory epidemiology summary” comes after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry pledged weekly updates on deaths among children and youth.That promise followed revelations that four children and two teenagers had died of flu-related illness. Some of the deaths were believed to be caused by secondary bacterial infections, a possible flu complication. Read more: ‘Kids are dying’: B.C. doctor speaks out over respiratory illness-related deaths Read More ‘Kids are dying’: B.C. doctor speaks out over respi...
Calgary school Advent concert moved to online over health concerns – Calgary
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Calgary school Advent concert moved to online over health concerns – Calgary

The Calgary Catholic School District has moved the annual Advent choir performance from in-person to online this year. The “Hear the Angels Sing” Calgary Catholic School District High School Advent and Christmas Choral Festival celebrates the sacred songs of Advent and Christmas. This year marks the 28th year of the festival.The event was scheduled to take place at St. Michael’s church in southwest Calgary on December 6. Read more: Health experts worried about Alberta’s low flu vaccine uptake: ‘We are seeing healthy kids brought down’ A spokesperson for CCSD said the decision to record the festival and share it online — which has been done for the past two years — was made due to the high number of illnesses in the school district, combined with the fact ...
UW Health reports surge in flu cases in recent weeks
Health

UW Health reports surge in flu cases in recent weeks

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Doctors with UW Health are noting a huge uptick in flu cases over the last few weeks and are asking the community to stay safe. During the week of Nov. 21-27, UW Health reported 422 cases of influenza. A spokesperson for UW Health said that number is higher than anything it saw during the 2019-2020 flu season, which was the last one before the pandemic started. The health system says this increase in cases is concerning, as the 2019-2020 flu season was severe and peaked in February of 2020 with 318 cases in one week. UW Health officials say cases are not going down any time soon because we are now just starting the regular flu season. The rapid increase in influenza cases has taken them off guard. UW Health says it is very early to see cases skyrocket the way they...