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Dec 03, 2009

Dec 03, 2009

WHO: It's too early to say pandemic has peaked

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's (WHO's) top influenza expert said today it's too soon to judge whether the H1N1 influenza pandemic has passed its peak, though he acknowledged that cases are dropping in the United States and Canada.

Nov 11, 2009

Nov 11, 2009

Officials take a heartland look at pandemic vaccine messages

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to gauge how pandemic vaccine messages are being received outside the Washington, DC, beltway, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday held a tabletop exercise in Minneapolis and included participants from local media outlets and public health departments.

Oct 21, 2009

Oct 21, 2009

Minnesota flu line will speed antivirals to at-risk patients

(CIDRAP News) – In a move designed to lighten the burden on emergency departments and clinics, Minnesota officials today unveiled a flu triage line staffed by nurses who can discuss symptoms with sick patients, suggest treatment steps, and prescribe an antiviral drug if the caller is in a high-risk category.

Oct 07, 2009

Oct 07, 2009

Guidance targets pandemic-related questions about disability law

(CIDRAP News) – Businesses that take steps to protect workers during a pandemic have worried about staying in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and federal officials have responded by issuing new guidance that addresses many of the issues.

Oct 01, 2009

Oct 01, 2009

Preparedness report spells out H1N1 challenges

(CIDRAP News) – Though the nation is going into its second wave of the H1N1 pandemic armed with crucial improvements such as better vaccine capacity, remaining challenges in medical surge and vaccine distribution could hamper response now and into a third wave, preparedness experts said today.

Sep 29, 2009

Sep 29, 2009

Protection after early flu shots likely to last all season

(CIDRAP News) – The current public health advice that Americans should get their seasonal flu shots early this year has prompted some to voice concern that their protection will fade later in the season. But medical literature and disease experts indicate there is no good evidence that immunity conferred by the shots wanes so quickly.

Sep 22, 2009

Sep 22, 2009

Pandemic flu experts share preparedness perspectives with businesses

(CIDRAP News) – With so much uncertainty over how broad and severe the next wave of H1N1 influenza could be, now is the time to focus on the two top goals of saving and sustaining lives, Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told business groups today.

Sep 22, 2009

Business conference airs challenges of H1N1 vaccine campaign

(CIDRAP News) – With the second wave of the H1N1 influenza virus now hitting, much of the response toe the pandemic is focused on the development and distribution of an effective vaccine, a project that poses many challenges and uncertainties.

Sep 21, 2009

Sep 21, 2009

Feds see gaps in local plans for surge, vaccine distribution

(CIDRAP News) – A federal review of state and local pandemic preparedness efforts identified some gaps in medical surge planning and said that, while states are typically prepared to distribute antivirals and vaccines, some cities hadn't addressed all of the recommended planning components.

The findings were released today in two reports from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Sep 17, 2009

Sep 17, 2009

Study on respirators versus masks hailed as landmark

(CIDRAP News) – A study in which N95 respirators strongly outperformed surgical masks in shielding hospital workers from influenza viruses and other microbes is being hailed as a landmark in research on respiratory protection for healthcare workers.

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