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Jul 01, 2002

Jul 01, 2002

Pentagon will turn over part of anthrax vaccine supply for civilian use

July 1, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – About half of the nation's supply of anthrax vaccine—previously dedicated almost entirely to military use—will henceforward be set aside for civilian use in the event of another anthrax attack, federal defense and health officials announced Jun 28.

May 01, 2003

May 01, 2003

GAO: CDC should clarify next steps in smallpox program

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should help states adjust their smallpox vaccination plans and goals to reflect the reality that relatively few health workers have volunteered for the shots so far, the General Accounting Office (GAO) of Congress says in a report released yesterday.

Jun 20, 2003

Jun 20, 2003

ACIP: Don't broaden smallpox vaccination program now

(CIDRAP News) – Because of the risk of heart inflammation, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended yesterday that the federal smallpox immunization program not expand now beyond smallpox response teams to the larger population of health workers and emergency responders.

Dec 23, 2003

Dec 23, 2003

Judge orders DoD to stop requiring anthrax shots

(CIDRAP News) – Stating that US soldiers should not be used as "guinea pigs for experimental drugs," a federal district judge in Washington, DC, yesterday granted a preliminary injunction against the Department of Defense's (DoD's) mandatory anthrax vaccination program.

Jul 02, 2004

Jul 02, 2004

CDC, manufacturers aim for more flu shots this year

(CIDRAP News) – More Americans are being told to seek flu vaccination and more vaccine will be available in the coming influenza season, as authorities try to improve people's odds against the persistent and sometimes deadly influenza virus.

Jan 13, 2005

Jan 13, 2005

FDA seeks comments on controversial anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – As a result of a federal court ruling that stopped the US military's anthrax vaccination program last October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for public comments on its finding that the anthrax vaccine is safe and effective.

Apr 28, 2006

Apr 28, 2006

IOM assesses reuse of masks in flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – There is no practical way to clean disposable medical masks and N95 respirators to allow them to safely be reused if supplies run short in an influenza pandemic, a panel of experts at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded.

Sep 29, 2006

Sep 29, 2006

Airborne flu viruses threaten health workers, expert says

(CIDRAP News) – A microbiologist who reviewed the evidence about how influenza viruses spread says that some official guidelines, including the US pandemic influenza plan, may not go far enough in protecting healthcare workers who take care of flu patients.

Feb 28, 2007

Feb 28, 2007

Questions raised about study on masks as aerosol barrier

(CIDRAP News) – A recent study has raised expectations that simple surgical masks might offer a reasonably good substitute for N-95 respirators for healthcare workers seeking protection from airborne viruses, but others say the study is seriously flawed.

May 16, 2007

May 16, 2007

Syndromic surveillance: faulty alarm system or useful tool?

(CIDRAP News) – At first glance, the Web page looks like an overhead shot of a fantastic game board: a map—identifiably Los Angeles—sprinkled with faceted roundels in a half-dozen colors.

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