News & Perspective

Apr 30, 2010

Apr 30, 2010

H1N1 LESSONS LEARNED Vaccination campaign weathered rough road, paid dividends

This is the third in a series of reports marking the first anniversary of novel H1N1 pandemic influenza. The first and second articles appeared on Apr 23 and Apr 26.

Apr 29, 2010

Apr 29, 2010

Seasonal flu vaccine uptake rose in 2009-10

(CIDRAP News) – Seasonal influenza vaccination coverage for the 2009-10 season surged in children and rose moderately in healthy young adults, perhaps because of increased awareness triggered by the H1N1 flu pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Apr 26, 2010

Apr 26, 2010

1976 'swine flu' vaccine may offer pandemic H1N1 protection

(CIDRAP News) – The long-derided "swine flu" vaccination campaign of 1976, infamous for its association with cases of paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome, may have had a benefit that went undetected for more than 30 years. According to work published Apr 23, it may have protected recipients against the 2009 pandemic strain of flu.

Apr 26, 2010

H1N1 LESSONS LEARNED Vaccine production foiled, confirmed experts' predictions

Second in a series marking the 1-year anniversary of novel H1N1 pandemic influenza. The first, on the virus itself, appeared Apr 23.

Apr 23, 2010

Apr 23, 2010

H1N1 LESSONS LEARNED Pandemic underscored influenza's unpredictability

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.

Apr 20, 2010

Apr 20, 2010

Early antivirals mean fewer ICU visits for pregnant pandemic flu patients

(CIDRAP News) – In the biggest and most detailed look yet at pandemic flu infections in pregnant women, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that early antiviral treatment was linked to fewer intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and that severe illnesses and deaths are more likely to occur during the third trimester.

Apr 20, 2010

Apr 20, 2010

CDC raises estimates of H1N1 toll slightly

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday updated its estimates for the number of pandemic H1N1 illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths, adding another month of data and bumping up the totals slightly.

From April 2009 to Mar 13 of this year, the CDC estimates about 60 million people were infected with the pandemic H1N1 virus, about 270,000 were hospitalized, and about 12,270 died.

Apr 19, 2010

Apr 19, 2010

Reports support usefulness of school-based flu vaccination

(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.

Apr 16, 2010

Apr 16, 2010

H1N1 NEWS SCAN: Low activity, structural basis for immunity, heart damage, monitoring Malaysia

WHO: H1N1 activity low in most countriesCirculation of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus persists only in tropical zones of the Americas, Africa, and Southeast Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. B strains of seasonal flu are circulating in East Asia, along with sporadic seasonal A/H3N2 flu in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Eastern Africa; the most recent H3N2 reports were in Indonesia and Tanzania.

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