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Feb 11, 2011

Feb 11, 2011

US flu activity rises, shifts toward 2009 H1N1 strain

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's flu activity increased again for the fourth week in a row, and for the first time the number of specimens testing positive for the 2009 H1N1 virus topped the H3N2 strain, which for the past several weeks had dominated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Feb 11, 2011

Study showing high effectiveness for H1N1 vaccine stirs debate

(CIDRAP News) – A recent case-control study estimates that the adjuvanted pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine used in Canada was effective 93% of the time, a substantially higher figure than seen in several other studies and one that has raised some eyebrows among other flu vaccine researchers.

Feb 14, 2011

Feb 14, 2011

Proposed budget trims preparedness funds, boosts FDA

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012, released today, would reduce funds for public health and hospital emergency preparedness while giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a boost for food safety.

Feb 15, 2011

Feb 15, 2011

USAID director outlines global health goals

(CIDRAP News) – In tough economic conditions, the United States has sharpened its global health goals to more efficiently expand its reach and invest resources in the most promising treatment and diagnostic tools, Rajiv Shah, MD, director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) said in a speech today at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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.

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