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Flu News Friday, 3/25/2022

Read the latest on influenza vaccines and upcoming funding opportunities in this week’s roundup.

March 2022

New CDC Study Compares Flu and COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rates in Kids

Delahoy, M. J. et. al. (2022). Comparison of influenza and COVID-19–associated hospitalizations among children < 18 years old in the United States — FLUSURV-net (October–April 2017–2021) and Covid-Net (October 2020–September 2021). MedRxiv.

As children continue to face risks from COVID-19 and influenza, hospitalization rates among children in America indicate that both threats can “cause severe disease in children”. Fortunately, a recent CDC study using COVID-NET surveillance (made possible by existing influenza infrastructure) found that pandemic precautions (social distancing, masking, virtual learning) likely decreased children’s hospitalization rates from both influenza and COVID-19 during 2020-21. Learn more of other successful preventative measures (such as vaccines) available for children here.

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March 2022

Shrugs Over Flu Signal Future Attitudes About Covid

Kolata, G. (2022, March 18). Shrugs over flu signal future attitudes about Covid. The New York Times. Retrieved March 2022.

Influenza kills hundreds of thousands and hospitalizes millions around the globe each year and poses a persistent pandemic threat. Yet, “the flu” is not always considered a legitimate threat. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, historians and researchers warn against slipping into a similar complacency with coronaviruses. Read more about cultural perceptions of the influenza threat here.

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March 2022

"First time" achievements in Pandemic influenza preparedness in two regions with high humanitarian and public health vulnerabilities, 2014-2021

World Health Organization. (2022, March 21). “First time” achievements in Pandemic influenza preparedness in two regions with high humanitarian and public health vulnerabilities, 2014-2021. World Health Organization. Retrieved March 2022.

Global pandemic influenza preparedness has steadily improved thanks to efforts from the World Health Organization in African and Eastern Mediterranean regions. Since 2014, countries in these regions have strengthened influenza monitoring and increased influenza-related data sharing. Read more to learn about some of the WHO assets supported by this increase in participation and data availability.

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Funding Opportunities & Announcements

  • Better methods, better research (Link) [Grant]                                          Medical Research Council / February 16, 2022 / May 6, 2022

  • Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientist (Link) [Prize] Science/AAAS, SciLifeLab / Now Open / July 15, 2022

  • Advanced Collaboration Grants (Link) [Grant]                                            EMBO / Applications accepted throughout the year.

  • BBSRC Discovery Fellowships 2022 (Link) [Fellowship]                        BBSRC / February 8, 2022 / May 5, 2022

  • Apply for Mini-Funds to Encourage Open Science Practices in Influenza Research [Link] [Grants]                                                                           Center for Open Science and Flu Lab / Open