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Jun 04, 2010

Jun 04, 2010

Rare Salmonella subtype sickens 34 in Illinois

(CIDRAP News) – State and county health officials in Illinois are investigating an outbreak involving a rare Salmonella subtype that has sickened 34 people who reportedly developed symptoms after eating at Subway restaurants.

Apr 30, 2010

Apr 30, 2010

H1N1 LESSONS LEARNED Vaccination campaign weathered rough road, paid dividends

This is the third in a series of reports marking the first anniversary of novel H1N1 pandemic influenza. The first and second articles appeared on Apr 23 and Apr 26.

Feb 24, 2010

Feb 24, 2010

Emergency departments see rise in flu-like illness

(CIDRAP News) – Some of the nation's emergency departments are noting increases in flu-like illness cases that appear to be pandemic H1N1, and colleges are reporting the first increase in flu-like illness since the end of November, but it's not clear if these are early signs of a third pandemic flu wave.

Feb 24, 2010

ACIP recommends annual flu shots for almost all

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today took the long-discussed step of recommending seasonal flu immunizations for nearly everyone, leaving out only small babies.

Nov 25, 2009

Nov 25, 2009

CDC warns about rise in serious pneumococcal disease

(CIDRAP News) – In a worrisome but not unexpected pandemic-related development, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that it is seeing a spike in serious pneumococcal disease, particularly in younger patients.

Nov 18, 2009

Nov 18, 2009

Lawmakers fault H1N1 vaccination strategy

(CIDRAP News) – Leaders of the US Senate Homeland Security Committee sharply critiqued the federal government's H1N1 vaccination strategy yesterday, saying health officials should have recommended targeting only the highest-risk groups as soon as the vaccine delays came to light.

Oct 29, 2009

Oct 29, 2009

Experts show benefits of IV antivirals for severe H1N1

(CIDRAP News) – Though only available for emergency use, intravenous (IV) antivirals peramivir and zanamivir have been lifesaving for some pandemic H1N1 patients, including two dramatic cases that doctors presented yesterday during a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conference call for clinicians.

Oct 21, 2009

Oct 21, 2009

Minnesota flu line will speed antivirals to at-risk patients

(CIDRAP News) – In a move designed to lighten the burden on emergency departments and clinics, Minnesota officials today unveiled a flu triage line staffed by nurses who can discuss symptoms with sick patients, suggest treatment steps, and prescribe an antiviral drug if the caller is in a high-risk category.

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