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Feb 11, 2011

Feb 11, 2011

US flu activity rises, shifts toward 2009 H1N1 strain

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's flu activity increased again for the fourth week in a row, and for the first time the number of specimens testing positive for the 2009 H1N1 virus topped the H3N2 strain, which for the past several weeks had dominated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Feb 11, 2011

Study showing high effectiveness for H1N1 vaccine stirs debate

(CIDRAP News) – A recent case-control study estimates that the adjuvanted pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine used in Canada was effective 93% of the time, a substantially higher figure than seen in several other studies and one that has raised some eyebrows among other flu vaccine researchers.

Jan 18, 2011

Jan 18, 2011

Northern Hemisphere countries show steady rise in flu

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity is increasing in many of the Northern Hemisphere's temperate-zone countries, with influenza B cocirculating with the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus across Europe and teaming up with influenza A (H3N2) in the United States and Canada, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update.

Dec 30, 2010

Dec 30, 2010

Reports call Canada's pandemic response effective, cite gaps

(CIDRAP News) – In two new reports, the Canadian government gives itself a generally good grade for its response to the H1N1 pandemic but also lists many areas for improvement.

"Overall, the response of [health authorities] to the H1N1 pandemic is considered to have been effective," says the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC's) report, released yesterday. The report covers the actions of that agency and of Health Canada.

Dec 30, 2010

Flu activity up globally, in US, and notably in UK

(CIDRAP News) – The winter flu season is now officially under way in the Northern Hemisphere, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today in releasing its most recent influenza data.

Meanwhile, US data also released today show influenza activity again rising, and a third report says flu activity is increasing dramatically in the United Kingdom.

Dec 23, 2010

Dec 23, 2010

US among countries reporting rise in flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity jumped in the United States last week along with other Northern Hemisphere locations, and an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) said it's not yet clear if this season will make its mark as a bad one.

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