News & Perspective

Jul 21, 2010

Jul 21, 2010

WHO advisors still waiting for clear pandemic flu signals

(CIDRAP News) – Amid media reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) might be on the verge of setting a date to discuss a step-down in the pandemic alert level, the agency said today that it's too early to determine if tropical and Southern Hemisphere countries have transitioned to normal seasonal flu patterns.

Jul 13, 2010

Jul 13, 2010

ICEID COVERAGE Experts anticipate new flu-fighting tools

As the world recovers its bearings after spikes in pandemic flu activity and anticipates how the upcoming flu season will unfold, antiviral and vaccine experts in Atlanta today plotted out the new prevention and treatment tools public health officials may someday use to fine-tune their disease responses.

Jul 12, 2010

Jul 12, 2010

ICEID COVERAGE Experts air H1N1 lessons, other disease challenges

– ATLANTA (CIDRAP News) – The vital role of preparedness, from diagnostic testing to stockpiling of antiviral medications, was one of the most important lessons from assessments of the world's response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the World Health Organization's (WHO's) top flu expert told an international infectious diseases conference yesterday.

Jul 07, 2010

Jul 07, 2010

Non-vaccine aid for needy nations' pandemic response falls short

(CIDRAP News) – While donor countries and organizations have responded well to the need for pandemic flu vaccine for developing countries, the level of giving for other pandemic response efforts in needy countries so far has fallen short, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a recent report.

Jul 01, 2010

Jul 01, 2010

UK pandemic review cites lessons learned for future planning

(CIDRAP News) – An independent review of the United Kingdom's response to the H1N1 pandemic gave the government good marks for the way it handled the outbreak, but said the experience yielded useful lessons for the next such health emergency, such as including break clauses in all future vaccine contracts.

Jun 24, 2010

Jun 24, 2010

Council of Europe affirms critique of WHO's pandemic response

(CIDRAP News) – The Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) voted overwhelmingly today to endorse its health committee's controversial report that criticizes the handling of the H1N1 pandemic by the World Health Organization and European governments.

Jun 23, 2010

Jun 23, 2010

As EUAs expire, HHS says pandemic emergency is over

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today allowed the public health emergency declaration that was prompted by the H1N1 influenza outbreak last year to lapse, signaling an end to emergency authorizations for certain special uses of antiviral drugs and other items.

Jun 22, 2010

Jun 22, 2010

CDC looks at tying public health alerts to medical records

(CIDRAP News) – An informatics expert from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today spoke with clinicians about possible public health connections to electronic medical records, which she said could have been useful during the H1N1 pandemic and might ease information flow during future public health events.

The discussion follows recent federal investments to promote greater use of health information technology.

Jun 21, 2010

Jun 21, 2010

Survey finds strong support for paid sick leave

(CIDRAP News) – More than half of workers without paid sick days went to work when they had an infectious illness such as the flu, compared with 37% of those with paid leave, according to a report today from a nonprofit group that also found strong support for legislating paid sick days.

Jun 18, 2010

Jun 18, 2010

HHS finds school-based pandemic vaccine clinics effective

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials looked to the relatively new model of school-based immunization clinics as an efficient way to deliver the pandemic vaccine to children, and a report from clinic observers detailed that the process worked well, though most schools would need more resources to hold future clinics.

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