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Feb 15, 2011

Feb 15, 2011

NRC: Data insufficient for firm conclusion in anthrax case

(CIDRAP News) – After a review of scientific methods that the FBI used in probing the 2001 anthrax mailings, a committee of the National Research Council (NRC) announced today that the available scientific evidence by itself is not adequate to reach a definitive conclusion about the source of the anthrax spores used in the attacks.

Feb 16, 2011

Feb 16, 2011

Federal officials launch new vaccine strategy, get flu immunization update

(CIDRAP News) – A federal vaccine advisory group meeting in Washington, DC, today unveiled a new national vaccination strategy for the next decade and reviewed the latest information on influenza vaccination in the first year of a new universal recommendation.

Feb 16, 2011

Feb 16, 2011

Anthrax expert says NRC report supports FBI

(CIDRAP News) – The National Research Council's (NRC's) report on the FBI's anthrax investigation amounts to a general endorsement of the agency's scientific approach, even though the NRC found that the purely scientific evidence on the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 attacks was not conclusive, a leading anthrax expert said today.

Feb 17, 2011

Feb 17, 2011

WHO sticks with current strains for next flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Signaling that the current flu strains are likely to persist over the next several months, the World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended sticking with the current trio of vaccine strains for the Northern Hemisphere's next influenza season.

The WHO's vaccine strain advisory committee met on Feb 15 and 16 and released its recommendation on the WHO's Web site. The group recommends the following for next season's vaccine:

Feb 17, 2011

Study: Cell-based flu vaccine protection matches egg-based

(CIDRAP News) – A cell-culture-derived influenza vaccine made by Baxter Bioscience provided about 71% protection against confirmed flu cases in young adults who participated in a large US clinical trial, a level similar to what has been seen with traditional egg-based vaccines, according to a report in The Lancet.

Feb 18, 2011

Feb 18, 2011

US flu activity remains high

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States remains at high levels, with all areas of the country now reporting that doctor's visits for flu-like illnesses are above regional baselines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Thirty-seven states reported widespread flu activity last week, the same as the previous week's total. Ten states reported regional activity, up one from the previous week.


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