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Nov 18, 2009

Nov 18, 2009

Lawmakers fault H1N1 vaccination strategy

(CIDRAP News) – Leaders of the US Senate Homeland Security Committee sharply critiqued the federal government's H1N1 vaccination strategy yesterday, saying health officials should have recommended targeting only the highest-risk groups as soon as the vaccine delays came to light.

Nov 18, 2009

House committees probe pandemic vaccine decisions

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials, along with representatives from four vaccine companies, appeared before two US House of Representatives committees today to answer questions about why the nation hasn't stretched scarce pandemic vaccine supply with adjuvants and if a more federally directed distribution system might help vaccine get to more high-risk patients.

Nov 17, 2009

Nov 17, 2009

CDC airs flu guidelines for labor and delivery settings

(CIDRAP News) – After input from professional groups, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for managing pandemic flu in labor and delivery settings, relaxing some restrictions on keeping sick moms from their babies.

Nov 17, 2009

Nov 17, 2009

Sick-leave standard as anti-flu weapon stirs debate

Making paid sick leave a national standard is crucial to controlling the H1N1 pandemic and future epidemics, public health and business experts told Congress Tuesday.


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