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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 08, 2010

Jan 08, 2010

Only one state still sees widespread pandemic flu

Jan 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Only one state, Alabama, still had widespread pandemic H1N1 influenza activity last week, down from four the week before, and most other flu indicators were down as well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jan 11, 2010

Jan 11, 2010

US reduces order for CSL's H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The US government recently cut back its contract for H1N1 influenza vaccine from Australian-based CSL Biotherapies by about 60%, mainly as a result of delays related to the company's commitment to make vaccine for Australia first.

Jan 12, 2010

Jan 12, 2010

Experts press for better H1N1 vaccine uptake in risk groups

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials and representatives from some of the nation's biggest health advocacy groups today teamed up to push the importance of pandemic H1N1 vaccination for people who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and cancer.

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 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 19, 2010

Jan 19, 2010

Chan: Lack of H1N1 vaccine demand surprising

(CIDRAP News) – The H1N1 influenza pandemic brought no "devastating surprises," but what has surprised public health agencies is the public's lack of interest in getting vaccinated, Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said yesterday.

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