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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Jan. 7, 2013 — It’s the fastest start to the flu season in a decade. Dr. Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology at U-M School of Public Health, describes the flu we are seeing this year, how it spreads and why we should be concerned. In this video produced by WDIV Detroit, Dr. Monto discusses the importance of the flu shot and what we can do to prevent its spread.
Pairing masks and hand washing could drastically slow spread of pandemic flu
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Jan 25, 2012 — Masks and hand hygiene could cut the spread of flu-like symptoms up to 75 percent, a University of Michigan study found. A new report shows the second-year results (2007-2008) of the ground-breaking UM M-Flu study found up to a 75 percent reduction in flu-like illness over the study period when using hand hygiene and wearing surgical masks in residence halls, said Allison Aiello, associate professor of epidemiology in the UM School of Public Health. Read full release.
Arnold Monto Explains the New H3N2 Strain
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Dec 20, 2011—The novel influenza A (H3N2) virus flu strain has received a lot of attention lately. But what does it really mean when a new flu strain develops? Flu expert Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, puts it into context. "The new strain is similar to one that circulated about 20 years ago, which means that older people are probably going to be less susceptible to this virus than younger people," Monto says in the video, below.
UM SPH flu expert Arnold Monto was quoted in May 2011 in a widely distributed AP news story. Written by Atlanta-based medical writer and CDC beat reporter Mike Stobbe, it explained details related to 2011’s flu vaccine replicating 2010’s. The article concluded: "The bottom line is, with our current knowledge, we believe it is better to be re-vaccinated. And getting another shot is certainly not going to harm you," said Dr. Arnold Monto, an esteemed University of Michigan flu expert.
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Background: With or without pandemic, influenza is a serious health threat. From the first effective influenza vaccine to the FluMist nasal spray vaccine, the University of Michigan has been at the forefront of efforts to combat this viral killer. SPH experts are staying on the forefront of the flu watches worldwide. More information on UM flu resources is available through the university Health System and News Service. See also Michigan Department of Community Health.