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Dec 22, 2009

Dec 22, 2009

CDC sets sights on getting pandemic vaccine to adults

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's supply of pandemic vaccine has grown to 111 million doses, enough so that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is turning part of its attention toward boosting the percentage of adults who get vaccinated.

Dec 22, 2009

Slight loss of potency prompts recall of nasal H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – MedImmune Inc. today announced a recall of leftover doses from 13 lots of its nasal-spray H1N1 vaccine because of a slight loss of potency, but the company said those who received doses from the affected lots don't need to be revaccinated.

The company and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there are no safety problems with the recalled doses.

Dec 21, 2009

Dec 21, 2009

Study: One H1N1 vaccine dose may be OK for young children

(CIDRAP News) – A study in Australia showed that one dose of H1N1 influenza vaccine, rather than the two doses recommended in the United States, was enough to generate a probably protective immune response in children younger than 9 years.

Dec 18, 2009

Dec 18, 2009

States with widespread pandemic flu drop to 11

(CIDRAP News) – The second wave of the H1N1 influenza pandemic continued to fade last week, as the number of states with widespread cases dropped to 11 and reported deaths in children also declined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

The CDC also reported finding 15 more cases of oseltamivir (Tamiflu)–resistant H1N1 viruses, but it said those instances remain rare.

Dec 17, 2009

Dec 17, 2009

Three Asian countries top list to get donated H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Mongolia will be the first three countries to receive donated supplies of pandemic H1N1 vaccine funneled through the World Health Organization, the WHO announced today as it cautioned that it's too early to declare the pandemic over.

Dec 17, 2009

Vaccine availability opens up as doses approach 100 million

(CIDRAP News) – The nation is reaching a new milestone in its fight against pandemic flu, with the number of vaccine doses expected to reach 100 million by the end of the week and nearly half of states opening up immunization to anyone who wants it, federal officials said today.

Dec 16, 2009

Dec 16, 2009

Study shows adjuvant boosts response to H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Novartis's pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine generated stronger immune responses when it was combined with an adjuvant than when used alone, though both formulations yielded good results, according to a report published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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