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Jan 07, 2005

Jan 07, 2005

FLU SERIES Toddler vaccinations a bright spot in flu season

(CIDRAP News) – The new recommendation to vaccinate children between 6 and 23 months old could have been lost in the hubbub of the influenza vaccine shortage this season. Yet authorities are terming this year's vaccination rates a success story.

Feb 11, 2005

Feb 11, 2005

FLU SERIES CDC: Flu vaccine reached those in need

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccine doses intended for those at highest risk for serious complications from the flu made it into the arms of the right people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta said yesterday.

Feb 14, 2005

Feb 14, 2005

WHO picks new California strain for flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended adding a new influenza strain that emerged recently in California to the flu vaccine for 2005-06 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Feb 16, 2005

Feb 16, 2005

Study: Flu shots in elderly don't cut mortality rate

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who tracked national data on influenza vaccination rates and mortality in elderly people from 1968 through 2001 say they could find no evidence that flu shots reduced death rates.

Feb 17, 2005

Feb 17, 2005

FDA approves adding new strain to flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted yesterday to add the new A/California strain to next season's influenza vaccine, amid doubts about the nation's ability to acquire an adequate supply.

Feb 17, 2005

Report: WHO to suggest stockpiling H5N1 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to recommend that governments consider stockpiling vaccines against the H5N1 avian influenza virus now, rather than waiting until a human flu pandemic emerges, according to a story published online today by New Scientist magazine.

Feb 18, 2005

Feb 18, 2005

WHO confirms report will look at stockpiling of H5N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official confirmed today that the agency is working on a report suggesting that governments consider stockpiling H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, but he stressed that such a stockpile "would not solve the problem" if a flu pandemic emerges.

Feb 25, 2005

Feb 25, 2005

Efficacy of flu shots in children under 2 questioned

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of 24 studies yielded no clear evidence that influenza vaccines prevent flu in children younger than 2 years old, though they work reasonably well in older children, according to a new report in The Lancet.

Mar 03, 2005

Mar 03, 2005

Chiron's UK plant to resume making flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – British regulators have cleared Chiron Corp. to resume making influenza vaccine at its plant in Liverpool, England, which should improve the chances of an adequate vaccine supply in the United States next winter.

Mar 23, 2005

Mar 23, 2005

Clinical trial of H5N1 flu vaccine to begin

Three universities have begun recruiting volunteers for the first US clinical trial of a vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza, a key piece of the government's efforts to stave off a potential flu pandemic.

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