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Aug 10, 2010

Aug 10, 2010

WHO says H1N1 pandemic is over

Note: Substantial material was added to this article at 6:15 p.m. US Central Time on the WHO's pandemic response and the role of public health going forward.

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity has returned to typical seasonal patterns and many people have immunity to the virus.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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 22, 2010

Apr 22, 2010

International group renews push to fight avian, pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – An international avian and pandemic flu meeting in Hanoi concluded yesterday, with health ministers and top officials from more than 70 countries agreeing on a set of strategies for responding to future disease threats.

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