(CIDRAP News) A workshop summary released today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) offers a wide range of observations and suggestions about what worked well and not so well during the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccination campaigna complex, months-long operation with a cast of thousands.
(CIDRAP News) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new guidance for preventing flu in healthcare settings that reflects a year's worth of new information about the 2009 H1N1 virus and recommends surgical masks rather than N-95 respirators when providing routine care for flu patients.
(CIDRAP News) About 16 million remaining doses of monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur and packaged in multidose vials will expire sooner than expected, but expiration dates have not yet been determined, federal health officials and the company said today.
(CIDRAP News) Because of reports of increased fever and seizures in Australian and New Zealand children, the US government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended today that a seasonal influenza vaccine made by CSL Ltd. should generally not be used in children from 6 months through 8 years old this fall and winter.
(CIDRAP News) Aiming to close some of the gaps in protection against the pandemic H1N1 virus expected to circulate this fall, a federal vaccine advisory group today recommended that children aged 6 months to 9 years who haven't received at least one dose of monovalent pandemic vaccine receive two doses of the upcoming season's trivalent vaccine.
Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of articles reviewing the world's experience with pandemic H1N1 influenza and what we've learned in the past year. Look for further installments in the days to come.
(CIDRAP News) A year's experience with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus has underscored the endless unpredictability of flu.
(CIDRAP News) Some reports released during the National Immunization Conference this week support the idea that school-based influenza vaccination programs are a workable way to get flu doses into the arms and noses of more school children faster.