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Nov 02, 2009

Nov 02, 2009

Studies reaffirm 2 vaccine doses in kids, show safety in pregnant women

(CIDRAP News) – Interim clinical trial findings announced today affirm that children younger than 10 need two pandemic H1N1 vaccine doses, and initial findings in pregnant women reveal no safety concerns and a need for only one dose.

Federal officials also detailed the role of an independent panel of experts to review vaccine safety data and released a report outlining the government's vaccine safety monitoring system.

Sep 02, 2009

Sep 02, 2009

Study: H1N1 likely to dominate, not mix with, seasonal flu

(CIDRAP News) – When a novel H1N1 influenza virus meets up with a seasonal flu virus inside an animal, the novel virus is likely to outdo the seasonal strain—and unlikely to mix with it, according to a report published yesterday.

Aug 18, 2009

Aug 18, 2009

'Original antigenic sin': A threat to H1N1 vaccine effectiveness?

(CIDRAP News) – Half a century ago, scientists reported evidence of some curious behavior by the immune system in humans and animals: If a host was exposed to an influenza virus and later encountered a variant strain of the same virus, the immune system responded to the second attack largely with the same weapons it used against the first one.

Apr 29, 2009

Apr 29, 2009

Apr 28, 2009

Apr 28, 2009

Senate hearing raises pandemic readiness, funding issues

(CIDRAP News) –At an emergency hearing today of the Senate appropriations committee, Sen Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said the Obama administration will ask for $1.5 billion to fight the swine influenza epidemic, as committee members sought to get a handle on the elements and cost estimates of the public health response.

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