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Sep 13, 2012

Sep 13, 2012

HHS renews contracts for pandemic vaccine activities

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded a new round of contracts to the five US-licensed influenza vaccine manufacturers to make pre-pandemic and pandemic influenza vaccines—projects that could be worth billions of dollars if another pandemic arises in the next few years.

Sep 07, 2012

Sep 07, 2012

Flu parallels: Swine-origin H1N2 has gene from 2009 H1N1

(CIDRAP News) – The swine-origin H1N2 virus found in three Minnesotans last week carries the matrix gene from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus, marking the first time such a virus has been found in humans, according to state and federal health officials.

Sep 06, 2012

Sep 06, 2012

Study: Few pediatric adverse events tied to 2009 H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Experts who carefully studied 99 adverse events reported in children after they received the H1N1 influenza vaccine during the 2009 pandemic concluded that most of the events were unrelated to the vaccine and left no lingering effects, providing reassurance of the vaccine's safety.

Sep 04, 2012

Sep 04, 2012

Nurse survey exposes school pandemic planning gaps

(CIDRAP News) – A survey of school nurses in 26 states about pandemic influenza preparedness in schools found some worrisome gaps, despite a federal requirement that the facilities must prepare for all types of disasters, including infectious diseases.

Aug 29, 2012

Aug 29, 2012

Study: H1N1 pandemic hit kids with neuro conditions hard

(CIDRAP News) – Among kids who died during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the disease was most lethal for those who had neurologic conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jul 11, 2012

Jul 11, 2012

Study flags drop in antivirals for hospitalized flu patients

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers following recent antiviral trends in the United States have found a troubling drop in the use of the drugs for treating hospitalized patients with lab-confirmed flu, especially children.

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