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Oct 04, 2010

Oct 04, 2010

Study says flu shots for pregnant women benefit babies

(CIDRAP News) – In a study that could help bolster seasonal flu vaccination levels in pregnant women, researchers who monitored newborns over three flu seasons found that babies born to vaccinated mothers had lower risks of infections and hospitalizations and had higher antibody levels during their first few months of life.

Oct 05, 2010

Oct 05, 2010

Study explores Southern Hemisphere pandemic patterns

(CIDRAP News) – A review of how the first wave of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic affected Southern Hemisphere countries found many similarities with Northern Hemisphere countries, though many patients had no underlying risk factors for flu complications and pregnant women didn't seem to have severe outcomes.

Oct 06, 2010

Oct 06, 2010

Trial answers some, not all, questions on cell-based flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – A new report says that a cell culture derived influenza vaccine and a conventional egg-based vaccine both proved effective in a large international clinical trial, offering support for those who contend that cell-based vaccines should become an important part of flu vaccine supplies in coming years.

Oct 06, 2010

Expert pair airs lessons learned from global flu response

(CIDRAP News) – Two internationally known health officials yesterday gave their assessment of the global response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, saying good decisions were made based on what was known early in the outbreak but adding that the experience yielded several important lessons, such as the need for more flexible pandemic plans and the need to communicate more clearly about risks.

Oct 07, 2010

Oct 07, 2010

Top flu officials make strong case for vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – As the nation enters its first flu season under a new universal flu immunization recommendation, federal health officials and representatives from several professional groups today gathered in Washington, DC, to rally support for seasonal flu vaccination, armed with new information about vaccine patterns in physicians, consumers, and mothers.


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