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Oct 08, 2010

Oct 08, 2010

CDC confirms record doses of flu vaccine were given

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday issued final estimates for last season's flu vaccine and the 2009 H1N1 monovalent vaccine, confirming a record number of flu vaccine doses distributed.

The CDC's report on the vaccines, published yesterday on its Web site, is a follow-up to preliminary and state-by-state coverage estimates that it issued in April.

Sep 29, 2010

Sep 29, 2010

Sebelius envisions cell-based flu vaccine in 2011

(CIDRAP News) – Speaking at a Senate committee hearing today, US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said a cell-based seasonal influenza vaccine from Novartis could be on the US market in time for the 2011-12 flu season.

Sep 15, 2010

Sep 15, 2010

Pending injury claims over 2009 H1N1 vaccine increase

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people who intend to submit claims that they were harmed by the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine has grown to 275 in recent months, but the procedures for processing the claims have not yet been fully worked out, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Aug 31, 2010

Aug 31, 2010

SHEA joins call to require flu shots for health workers

Editor's note: This story was revised Sep 1 to reflect a recent change in the Infectious Diseases Society of America's position on mandatory flu vaccination for healthcare workers.

Jul 29, 2010

Jul 29, 2010

CDC launches universal flu vaccination recommendation

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today endorsed its vaccine advisory group's recommendation for universal influenza immunization, as public health groups prepare to shift gears from pushing the pandemic H1N1 vaccine to drawing the public's attention to the new seasonal flu vaccine advice.

Jul 27, 2010

Jul 27, 2010

Federal advisors hope to build on H1N1 vaccine safety-monitoring lessons

(CIDRAP News) – Over the next few months, the nation's healthcare providers will shift from giving the pandemic H1N1 vaccine to a seasonal flu vaccine that contains the new virus, which has federal officials grappling with how to transition from a massive vaccine monitoring effort to a likely more routine system for the seasonal version.

Jul 16, 2010

Jul 16, 2010

IDSA urges mandatory flu shots for health workers

(CIDRAP News) – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has formally asked federal health officials to recommend making influenza vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers (HCWs), saying this is probably the best way to protect patients from contracting flu in healthcare facilities.

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.

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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