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Feb 28, 2012

Feb 28, 2012

FDA picks two new vaccine strains for 2012-13 flu season

(CIDRAP News) – An advisory group to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today selected two new strains for the 2012-13 seasonal flu vaccine, based on a recent recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Feb 27, 2012

Feb 27, 2012

New influenza A virus found in bats

(CIDRAP News) – A research team today announced the discovery of a new influenza A virus in Guatemalan fruit bats, but in its current form the virus doesn't pose a threat to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The researchers, who included scientists from the CDC, reported their findings today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Feb 27, 2012

Reports detail risk of seizures in kids after flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – A recent set of articles in Vaccine has confirmed previous preliminary reports that young children who received influenza shots in the 2010-11 flu season had a slightly increased risk of a febrile seizure after vaccination, especially if they received a new pneumococcal vaccine at the same time.

Feb 24, 2012

Feb 24, 2012

CDC: Stable viral landscape may help explain tame flu season

(CIDRAP News) – Just why the US influenza season has been so tame thus far is uncertain, but the possible reasons include mild weather, vaccination, and high population immunity owing to a fairly stable set of circulating viruses, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said today.

Feb 23, 2012

Feb 23, 2012

WHO picks two new strains for next season's flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended changing two of the three strains in next season's influenza vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere, ending a couple of years of stability in the vaccine's makeup.

The WHO's flu experts called for changing the A/H3N2 and B components of the vaccine but continuing to use a strain of the pandemic 2009 virus for the A/H1N1 component.

Feb 22, 2012

Feb 22, 2012

Nature calls for publishing full H5N1 studies, pending safety review

(CIDRAP News) – Pending the outcome of a review of lab safety issues, two disputed studies involving H5N1 viruses with increased transmissibility in mammals should be published in full, the editors of Nature say in an editorial published today.

The editors assert that the human health risks of not publishing the full papers seem greater than the biosecurity risks posed by publishing them.

Feb 22, 2012

Vaccine advisors streamline pertussis advice for adults

(CIDRAP News) – Federal vaccine advisors today simplified their pertussis immunization recommendation for adults by advising that all those over age 19—including seniors 65 and older—should receive one dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if they haven't received it already.

Feb 21, 2012

Feb 21, 2012

Study: Raw milk much more likely to lead to outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of dairy-related foodborne illness outbreaks is 150 times higher in raw milk and is greater in states where the products are legal, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Their 13-year review, coming amid one of the nation's largest outbreaks ever linked to raw milk, also found that patients affected by raw milk outbreaks are more likely to be sicker and younger.

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