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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 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.

Oct 08, 2010

Oct 08, 2010

CDC sees US, global H3N2 flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – In its review of summer flu activity in the United States and across the globe today, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that patterns, which included a few clusters and sporadic illness, were typical.

Oct 11, 2010

Oct 11, 2010

Study: Crowding likely spurred H1N1 spread in Mexico City

(CIDRAP News) – The first wave of pandemic H1N1 influenza cases in Mexico hit hardest in the most crowded parts of Mexico City and may have been spurred by an Easter Week event that drew 2 million visitors to one of those areas, according to Mexican researchers.

Oct 13, 2010

Oct 13, 2010

H3N2 a player in early Northern Hemisphere flu season

(CIDRAP News) – More signals suggest the Southern Hemisphere's flu season is winding down, while activity is low at the start of the Northern Hemisphere's flu season, except in China, which is seeing moderate H3N2 circulation.

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