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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 13, 2010

Jan 13, 2010

Health officials, experts reject 'false pandemic' charges

(CIDRAP News) – Leading public health officials and experts have sharply rejected charges from some European officials that pharmaceutical companies used exaggerated claims about the H1N1 pandemic threat to scare governments into buying unnecessary stockpiles of vaccines.

Jan 14, 2010

Jan 14, 2010

WHO, vaccine group deny pandemic scare charges

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) and vaccine makers from Europe today defended themselves against the charges of some European officials that the agency was improperly influenced by vaccine companies and exaggerated the threat of the pandemic H1N1 virus.

Jan 15, 2010

Jan 15, 2010

CDC finds pandemic vaccination gaps in risk groups, health workers

(CIDRAP News) – During a week federal officials set aside to push flu immunization, a new report today reveals that pandemic vaccine uptake is low in two of the top priority groups—those with chronic conditions and healthcare workers.

The report outlining the challenges public health officials face in vaccinating target groups came as federal officials released their latest estimates of pandemic flu cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Jan 25, 2010

Jan 25, 2010

WHO defends pandemic response ahead of Europe hearing

(CIDRAP News) – Just days before a Council of Europe hearing to discuss claims that pharmaceutical companies influenced the World Health Organization's (WHO's) pandemic response, the global body said charges by some European officials that the pandemic is "fake" are "wrong and irresponsible."

Feb 12, 2010

Feb 12, 2010

CDC: No change in flu activity, numbers grow slowly

(CIDRAP News) – For the third week in a row pandemic flu activity stayed at the same level, with mixed signals from other indicators: flu and pneumonia deaths dropped below baseline, though doctor visits for flulike illnesses were above baselines in three regions, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Mar 26, 2010

Mar 26, 2010

CDC sees sustained H1N1 activity in Southeast

(CIDRAP News) – Flu indicators are showing signs of increased and sustained pandemic flu activity in some Southeastern states, though rates remain steady at the national level, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Apr 06, 2010

Apr 06, 2010

New Canadian studies suggest seasonal flu shot increased H1N1 risk

(CIDRAP News) – Despite a rapidly launched range of studies, investigators in Canada are still unable to say—or to rule out—whether receiving a seasonal flu vaccination in the 2008-09 season made it more likely that Canadians would become ill from 2009 pandemic H1N1 flu.

Apr 23, 2010

Apr 23, 2010

H1N1 LESSONS LEARNED Pandemic underscored influenza's unpredictability

Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of articles reviewing the world's experience with pandemic H1N1 influenza and what we've learned in the past year. Look for further installments in the days to come.

(CIDRAP News) – A year's experience with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus has underscored the endless unpredictability of flu.

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