Technology being developed by Wright State University researchers has the potential to detect new flu viruses at public sites such as airports, immediately alerting health officials to their arrival and reducing the possibility of an outbreak, school officials said.
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The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases on Thursday said that unvaccinated people are at higher risk of hospitalization and death from flu-related complications. Flu vaccination coverage increased last year among children and adults, but still falls short of public health goals, said Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. About 135 million influenza vaccine doses will be available this year, with greater available options, including a high-dose version for people 65 and older; an egg-free version for adults ages 18-49; and the nasal spray, a needle-free option for ages 2-49. In addition, for the first time this year some of the available vaccines will provide protection against four strains of influenza, officials said.