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Jun 10, 2010

Jun 10, 2010

WHO defends pandemic actions, says rules need tightening

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) replied at greater length today to recent criticism of the way it used science advisors in pandemic planning, defending its response to the H1N1 flu pandemic but allowing that its policies concerning transparency and relations with the pharmaceutical industry need strengthening.

Jun 04, 2010

Jun 04, 2010

BMJ, European group criticize WHO pandemic actions

(CIDRAP News) – An article published by the British Medical Journal says three scientists who helped frame World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on pandemic influenza preparedness had consulted for pharmaceutical companies that stood to profit from the WHO guidance and that the WHO did not disclose the scientists' industry ties.

Jun 03, 2010

Jun 03, 2010

WHO advisors again hold at current pandemic phase

(CIDRAP News) – Based on an assessment of outside experts, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it is sticking with its current pandemic alert level, based on recurring but low-level activity in some parts of the globe and until it has more information on the Southern Hemisphere's flu season.

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

Age profile of H1N1 cases sparks discussion of 'original antigenic sin'

(CIDRAP News) – A letter and commentary published this week in Emerging Infectious Diseases explore the idea that "original antigenic sin"—the hypothesis that the first influenza A virus a person encounters in childhood strongly influences his or her immune responses to all related flu viruses encountered later—may explain the partial protection that older people have against the pandemic H1N1 flu virus.

May 26, 2010

May 26, 2010

Legal expert shares lessons from pandemic vaccine campaign

(CIDRAP News) – Legal issues that came into play during the H1N1 flu pandemic provided a useful look at how laws can help ease the availability of the vaccine, but in some instances can work against immunization efforts, according to a legal expert who has analyzed events that unfolded over the past year.

May 21, 2010

May 21, 2010

President's advisory group looks to speed up flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of a pandemic vaccine that came too little and too late to blunt the second wave of pandemic flu infections last fall, President Barack Obama's science advisory group today presented a set of recommendations on how to more quickly produce a vaccine in the face of another novel flu outbreak or other public health emergency.

May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010

Polls traced declining interest in H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – If the trajectory of public opinion during the H1N1 influenza pandemic is any guide, safety worries and doubts about the severity of the disease threat may cause a good share of the public to shun vaccination the next time a pandemic emerges, according to a review of 10 months' worth of polls.

May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010

Proposal for prepandemic vaccination sparks discussion

(CIDRAP News) – An influenza expert who formerly headed the World Health Organization's (WHO's) flu program and now works for Novartis has suggested developing a prepandemic vaccine to get the jump on the next flu pandemic—an idea that other experts are greeting with caution or skepticism.

May 05, 2010

May 05, 2010

ERs felt pandemic flu fear before flu itself

(CIDRAP News) – Two newly released studies conducted at the University of Utah confirm what many physicians suspected: The news of the start of the H1N1 pandemic in late April 2009 caused panicked parents to bring children to emergency departments in droves—but what was driving those ER visits was not flu symptoms, but rather the fear of flu.

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.

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