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Feb 08, 2012

Feb 08, 2012

NVAC approves recommendations on health worker flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – An advisory group to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today approved a set of voluntary measures designed to boost flu vaccination in healthcare workers.

Feb 07, 2012

Feb 07, 2012

Federal advisors propose steps to boost health worker flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Federal vaccine advisors today unveiled proposed voluntary recommendations for increasing flu vaccination in healthcare workers, sparking strong reactions from employee groups who object to language that stops just short of urging mandatory vaccination.

Feb 16, 2011

Feb 16, 2011

Federal officials launch new vaccine strategy, get flu immunization update

(CIDRAP News) – A federal vaccine advisory group meeting in Washington, DC, today unveiled a new national vaccination strategy for the next decade and reviewed the latest information on influenza vaccination in the first year of a new universal recommendation.

Jul 27, 2010

Jul 27, 2010

Federal advisors hope to build on H1N1 vaccine safety-monitoring lessons

(CIDRAP News) – Over the next few months, the nation's healthcare providers will shift from giving the pandemic H1N1 vaccine to a seasonal flu vaccine that contains the new virus, which has federal officials grappling with how to transition from a massive vaccine monitoring effort to a likely more routine system for the seasonal version.

Mar 23, 2010

Mar 23, 2010

CDC reaffirms safety of pandemic vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – As of mid February, about 86 million Americans had received the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, and so far no worrisome signals have emerged from extensive safety monitoring, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today at a conference call with heathcare practitioners.

Mar 12, 2010

Mar 12, 2010

HHS preparing to handle claims of harm from H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – While the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine seems to be just as safe as seasonal flu vaccines, the federal government has been getting some letters from people saying they plan to seek compensation for injuries caused by the injection, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Mar 05, 2010

Mar 05, 2010

CDC: Pandemic vaccine safety record still matches seasonal vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Nearly 5 months after its launch, the pandemic H1N1 vaccine still appears to have a safety profile similar to that of seasonal flu vaccines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an update yesterday.

Feb 04, 2010

Feb 04, 2010

US H1N1 vaccine uptake estimated at 75 million

(CIDRAP News) – A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official estimated today that more than 75 million Americans, or close to 25% of the population, have been vaccinated against the pandemic H1N1 virus.

Aug 27, 2009

Aug 27, 2009

Experts field questions about novel flu vaccines for pregnant women

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today hosted a Web telecast to help pregnant women and new mothers prepare for an uptick in novel H1N1 flu infections, a day after a federal judge rejected an advocacy group's request to limit use of the H1N1 vaccine in pregnant women.

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