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Feb 06, 2008

Feb 06, 2008

US seeing flu strain not matched by vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – As seasonal influenza makes its annual march across the country, surveillance data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 23% of the viruses that have been identified belong to a strain that is not included in this season's vaccine.

Feb 08, 2008

Feb 08, 2008

CDC says influenza B strain doesn't match vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that most circulating influenza B viruses tested so far this season don't match this year's vaccine, signaling that two of the three vaccine components are off-target.

Feb 29, 2008

Feb 29, 2008

Flu epidemic may be slowing, CDC says

(CIDRAP News ) – This year's influenza epidemic showed signs of tapering off last week, but flu was still widespread in every state except Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

At the same time, the CDC issued a notice aiming to remind clinicians to consider prescribing the antiviral drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors to treat or prevent flu.

Apr 17, 2008

Apr 17, 2008

CDC: Imperfect flu vaccine was of help in tough season

(CIDRAP News) – Preliminary findings from Wisconsin suggest that this year's flu vaccine lowered one's risk of catching the flu by 44%, even though two of the three strains used in the vaccine didn't match well with the viruses in circulation, federal health officials announced today.

Apr 23, 2008

Apr 23, 2008

Indonesia denies seeking payment for virus samples

(CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian health official, responding to recent comments by the US health secretary, today denied that Indonesia wants financial compensation if it resumes sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples.

Aug 22, 2008

Aug 22, 2008

Study: Bacterial pneumonia was main killer in 1918 flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – It was secondary bacterial pneumonia—not the influenza virus by itself—that killed most of the millions who perished in the 1918 flu pandemic, which suggests that current pandemic preparations should include stockpiling of antibiotics and bacterial vaccines, influenza researchers reported this week.

Oct 24, 2008

Oct 24, 2008

WHO's draft pandemic flu guidance revises phases

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has drafted a revised pandemic influenza preparedness plan that updates the definitions of pandemic phases and puts more emphasis on the social and economic effects of a global epidemic, among other changes.

Oct 29, 2008

Oct 29, 2008

Study: Universal flu immunization lowers death rates

(CIDRAP News) – When Ontario started offering free seasonal influenza vaccines to anyone over 6 months of age in 2000, Canadian researchers seized on a unique opportunity to compare the universal approach with a more targeted vaccination strategy, and they found that the universal model decreased flu-related deaths and healthcare visits.

Dec 10, 2008

Dec 10, 2008

Rand releases midseason flu vaccination status report

(CIDRAP News) – The Rand Corp. today released its first-ever midseason survey on the uptake of the current influenza vaccine, which found that public officials still have a tall task in front of them to administer this year's record vaccine supply.

The survey indicated that about 30% of US adults had received a flu shot by mid November, but more than half of those surveyed said they didn't plan to get the immunization.

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