News & Perspective

Apr 01, 2010

Apr 01, 2010

H1N1 vaccine rates low in healthcare workers

(CIDRAP News) – Although less than 40% of healthcare workers have received the pandemic flu vaccine, federal officials see promising signs about uptake of the seasonal vaccine and strategies for boosting vaccination rates in this group.

Apr 01, 2010

CDC estimates 24% of Americans received H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials estimated today that 24% to 27% of Americans, or 72 million to 81 million people, had received a dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine by the end of February, with coverage varying widely from state to state.

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 16, 2010

Apr 16, 2010

H1N1 NEWS SCAN: Low activity, structural basis for immunity, heart damage, monitoring Malaysia

WHO: H1N1 activity low in most countriesCirculation of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus persists only in tropical zones of the Americas, Africa, and Southeast Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. B strains of seasonal flu are circulating in East Asia, along with sporadic seasonal A/H3N2 flu in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Eastern Africa; the most recent H3N2 reports were in Indonesia and Tanzania.

Apr 19, 2010

Apr 19, 2010

Reports support usefulness of school-based flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Some reports released during the National Immunization Conference this week support the idea that school-based influenza vaccination programs are a workable way to get flu doses into the arms and noses of more school children faster.

Apr 20, 2010

Apr 20, 2010

CDC raises estimates of H1N1 toll slightly

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday updated its estimates for the number of pandemic H1N1 illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths, adding another month of data and bumping up the totals slightly.

From April 2009 to Mar 13 of this year, the CDC estimates about 60 million people were infected with the pandemic H1N1 virus, about 270,000 were hospitalized, and about 12,270 died.

Apr 20, 2010

Apr 20, 2010

Early antivirals mean fewer ICU visits for pregnant pandemic flu patients

(CIDRAP News) – In the biggest and most detailed look yet at pandemic flu infections in pregnant women, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that early antiviral treatment was linked to fewer intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and that severe illnesses and deaths are more likely to occur during the third trimester.

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