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Oct 08, 2010

Oct 08, 2010

CDC confirms record doses of flu vaccine were given

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday issued final estimates for last season's flu vaccine and the 2009 H1N1 monovalent vaccine, confirming a record number of flu vaccine doses distributed.

The CDC's report on the vaccines, published yesterday on its Web site, is a follow-up to preliminary and state-by-state coverage estimates that it issued in April.

Sep 23, 2010

Sep 23, 2010

Probe of suspected vaccine-narcolepsy link to take months

(CIDRAP News) – The European Medicine Agency (EMA) said today it is not clear if there is any link between narcolepsy cases and the Pandemrix vaccine for 2009 H1N1 influenza, and it will take 3 to 6 months to investigate the possibility fully.

Sep 21, 2010

Sep 21, 2010

BARDA contracts target countermeasures, pandemic vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Coming a month after federal officials released a blueprint for overhauling the nation's civilian biodefense program, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the award of eight contracts worth up to $100 million to modernize and speed the development of countermeasures against natural and man-made disease threats.

Sep 17, 2010

Sep 17, 2010

VAERS study finds H1N1 vaccine safety similar to seasonal vaccines'

(CIDRAP News) – The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine generated more adverse-event reports than recent seasonal flu vaccines, but this was probably due in part to heavy publicity, and the vaccine's safety profile appears similar to that of seasonal vaccines, according to a new analysis by federal scientists.

Sep 15, 2010

Sep 15, 2010

Pending injury claims over 2009 H1N1 vaccine increase

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people who intend to submit claims that they were harmed by the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine has grown to 275 in recent months, but the procedures for processing the claims have not yet been fully worked out, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Sep 09, 2010

Sep 09, 2010

Sweden finds no link between H1N1 vaccine, narcolepsy

(CIDRAP News) – Preliminary results from an investigation by Swedish regulators into reports of narcolepsy in people who received a 2009 H1N1 vaccine found no link between the immunization and the condition.

In a report yesterday from the country's Medical Products Agency, investigators said they found that narcolepsy developed both in people who had and who had not received the vaccine, Finland-based YLE News reported yesterday.

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