News & Perspective

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.

Feb 24, 2005

Feb 24, 2005

FDA approves VIG for smallpox shot complications

(CIDRAP News) – An intravenous form of vaccinia immune globulin (VIG), used to treat serious reactions to smallpox vaccine, has gained approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time.

Feb 24, 2005

Feb 24, 2005

Knowing local conditions can help in spotting tularemia

(CIDRAP News) – Knowledge of the local epidemiology of tularemia can help healthcare providers identify the disease and recommend locally appropriate prevention and control steps, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Feb 22, 2005

Feb 22, 2005

Immunizing children called better way to fight flu

(CIDRAP News) – The idea that vaccinating schoolchildren is the best way to prevent influenza throughout the US population received a boost last week with the publication of a commentary and a Texas study in separate journals.

Feb 21, 2005

Feb 21, 2005

CDC chief says avian flu is biggest threat

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's top disease-control official proclaimed in a speech in Washington, DC, today that avian influenza is the single biggest threat the world faces right now, according to wire service reports.

Feb 18, 2005

Feb 18, 2005

Pneumonic plague outbreak in Congo sparks WHO response

(CIDRAP News) – An unusual outbreak of pneumonic plague that has killed at least 61 people and potentially sickened hundreds of others is the focus of a World Health Organization (WHO) mission in a war-torn area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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 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 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 11, 2005

Feb 11, 2005

Proposed budget cuts state biodefense funds, boosts drug stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration has proposed cutting funds that support state and local preparedness for bioterrorism and other health emergencies in fiscal year 2006, drawing protests from public health advocacy groups.

However, the proposal for the fiscal year that begins next October would increase funding for the nation's emergency stockpile of drugs and medical supplies by more than 50%. The budget was released Feb 7.

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