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Dec 15, 2003

Dec 15, 2003

HHS buys another 375,000 doses of flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is buying 375,000 doses of influenza vaccine from British drug maker Chiron to boost the nation's waning vaccine supply, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.

In addition, HHS has negotiated a contract for 3 million doses of the intranasal vaccine FluMist that state and local health departments can buy if needed, Thompson announced.

Dec 18, 2003

Dec 18, 2003

Flu widespread in 36 states; vaccine supplies vary

(CIDRAP News) – Thirty-six states had "widespread" influenza outbreaks by the end of last week, 12 more states than faced that situation a week earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

All western states except South Dakota and Alaska had widespread flu, meaning outbreaks in at least half their regions, the CDC says in the Dec 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Nov 12, 2004

Nov 12, 2004

WHO says nations must fund work on pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's top influenza expert warned at the end of a 2-day international meeting today that governments need to fund the development of vaccines to combat a feared flu pandemic that could kill millions of people, according to news services.

Feb 11, 2005

Feb 11, 2005

Proposed budget cuts state biodefense funds, boosts drug stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration has proposed cutting funds that support state and local preparedness for bioterrorism and other health emergencies in fiscal year 2006, drawing protests from public health advocacy groups.

However, the proposal for the fiscal year that begins next October would increase funding for the nation's emergency stockpile of drugs and medical supplies by more than 50%. The budget was released Feb 7.

Jun 28, 2005

Jun 28, 2005

US must improve pandemic preparedness, group warns

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic influenza could kill 540,000 Americans and sicken up to 66.9 million, according to a recent report by the nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

Sep 02, 2005

Sep 02, 2005

Hurricane Katrina sparks fears of disease outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Amid the devastation left by hurricane Katrina on the US Gulf Coast, fears of infectious disease outbreaks have added to the distress. Some of those concerns are solidly grounded, while others are less so, disease experts say.

Sep 15, 2005

Sep 15, 2005

US boosts medical stockpile for flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government is spending about $103 million to boost its small supplies of avian influenza vaccine and antiviral drugs to battle a possible flu pandemic, health officials announced today.

Oct 10, 2005

Oct 10, 2005

US plan paints grim picture of flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – A not-yet-released version of the Bush administration's plan for dealing with an influenza pandemic predicts that such an event could exact an enormous toll in life and wealth, according to recent newspaper reports.

Nov 03, 2005

Nov 03, 2005

Medical workers would get first pandemic flu shots

(CIDRAP News) – In the event of an influenza pandemic, medical and public health personnel and workers who make critical vaccines and drugs would have first call on scarce doses of vaccine, under the pandemic plan released by the federal government yesterday.

Feb 01, 2006

Feb 01, 2006

National summit to address business readiness for flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – A national conference scheduled Feb 14 and 15 in Minneapolis will give business leaders an opportunity to learn from experts about the risk of pandemic influenza and help figure out how their industries can prepare for it.

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