Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Zoonotic and Candidate Flu Viruses Developed for Vaccines

This summary provides a review on the zoonotic influenza virus activity and virus characterization, and describes the current status of the development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes. Seasonal Flu SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN: Click today to request your … Read more…

Update: Increase in Human Infections with Novel Asian Lineage Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Viruses During the Fifth Epidemic – China, October 1, 2016-August 7, 2017

Among all influenza viruses assessed using CDC’s Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT), the Asian lineage avian influenza A(H7N9) virus (Asian H7N9), first reported in China in March 2013,* is ranked as the influenza virus with the highest potential pandemic risk … Read more…

CDC Study Describes New Lab Method to Test Flu A(H3N2) viruses, Has Potential to Improve Flu Vaccine Strain Selection

A recent study published in Scientific Reports describes CDC’s development and use of a new laboratory method called “HINT” to antigenically characterize 422 influenza A(H3N2) viruses (hereafter called “H3N2”) that circulated mostly in the United States from 2011-2018. Seasonal Flu SPECIAL … Read more…

CDC’s portable flu testing kit allows for faster, on-site detection of viruses that could cause the next pandemic

CDC researchers have developed a portable flu testing kit that cuts the time needed to sequence and analyze flu viruses of pandemic concern in half. Seasonal Flu SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card … Read more…