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Jan 05, 2010

Jan 05, 2010

Fall flu wave tested pediatric hospitals with tough choices

(CIDRAP News) – In early August 2009, when the pandemic virus started tearing through southern states where schools had already started, the pandemic preparedness team at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota felt a sense of foreboding that the virus was poised to strike the area a second time.

Jan 07, 2010

Jan 07, 2010

CDC hopes to prevent repeat of 1958 flu mortality surge

(CIDRAP News) – Warning against complacency about H1N1 influenza, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said she doesn't want to see a repeat of what happened in 1957-58, when a perception that the pandemic was over was followed by a winter surge of flu- and pneumonia-related deaths.

Jan 27, 2010

Jan 27, 2010

CDC pediatric communications guidance to help avoid pandemic pitfalls

(CIDRAP News) – Fine-tuning pandemic communications strategies relating to children's issues can help avoid problems that doctors and hospitals experienced during surges of novel H1N1 flu, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in new guidance.

Feb 05, 2010

Feb 05, 2010

As flu holds steady, CDC urges vigilance, vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity last week stayed level with the previous week, though the virus continues to circulate and cause deaths, prompting a warning from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that Americans shouldn't let their guard down.

Apr 15, 2010

Apr 15, 2010

WHO pandemic review group concludes first session

(CIDRAP News) – A panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) to review its pandemic response spent the last day of its 3-day meeting yesterday hearing from an expert who denied charged that drug companies swayed response activities and said it may be premature to declare that the pandemic is over, according to media reports.

Apr 19, 2010

Apr 19, 2010

Reports support usefulness of school-based flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Some reports released during the National Immunization Conference this week support the idea that school-based influenza vaccination programs are a workable way to get flu doses into the arms and noses of more school children faster.

Apr 20, 2010

Apr 20, 2010

Early antivirals mean fewer ICU visits for pregnant pandemic flu patients

(CIDRAP News) – In the biggest and most detailed look yet at pandemic flu infections in pregnant women, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that early antiviral treatment was linked to fewer intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and that severe illnesses and deaths are more likely to occur during the third trimester.

Apr 22, 2010

Apr 22, 2010

International group renews push to fight avian, pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – An international avian and pandemic flu meeting in Hanoi concluded yesterday, with health ministers and top officials from more than 70 countries agreeing on a set of strategies for responding to future disease threats.

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