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Nov 04, 2009

Nov 04, 2009

CDC says vaccine shortage likely to outlast current H1N1 wave

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted today that the current wave of H1N1 influenza is likely to begin to wane before the shortage of vaccine for it eases.

Dr. Thomas Frieden made the comment at a wide-ranging US House subcommittee session that aired the reasons for and impact of the vaccine delays and the prospects for avoiding a repeat of the problem. The session was streamed over the Web.

Nov 02, 2009

Nov 02, 2009

Studies reaffirm 2 vaccine doses in kids, show safety in pregnant women

(CIDRAP News) – Interim clinical trial findings announced today affirm that children younger than 10 need two pandemic H1N1 vaccine doses, and initial findings in pregnant women reveal no safety concerns and a need for only one dose.

Federal officials also detailed the role of an independent panel of experts to review vaccine safety data and released a report outlining the government's vaccine safety monitoring system.

Oct 09, 2009

Oct 09, 2009

Pediatric H1N1 deaths already rival seasonal flu total

(CIDRAP News) – Seventy-six children and teenagers have died of H1N1 flu since the novel strain emerged in April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, representing both an increase of 19 in a week and a total that rivals the child deaths for entire past flu seasons.

Sep 21, 2009

Sep 21, 2009

Trial predicts 2 H1N1 shots for young kids, 1 for older

(CIDRAP News) – The earliest results from testing of a pandemic H1N1 vaccine in children suggest that older children will get a good immune response with a single dose, but children younger than 10 are likely to need two doses a few weeks apart, federal officials said today.

Sep 11, 2009

Sep 11, 2009

More results point to 1-dose regimen for H1N1 vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials offered more evidence today that a single dose of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccines may be enough to protect adults, saying preliminary findings in government-sponsored trials reinforce early results from company trials announced yesterday.

Sep 03, 2009

Sep 03, 2009

Feds engage media on pandemic vaccine communication

(CIDRAP News) – In advance of the expected pandemic H1N1 vaccination campaign this fall, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday invited the media to join federal officials in a tabletop exercise to prepare for some possible communications challenges.

Sep 02, 2009

Sep 02, 2009

Study: H1N1 likely to dominate, not mix with, seasonal flu

(CIDRAP News) – When a novel H1N1 influenza virus meets up with a seasonal flu virus inside an animal, the novel virus is likely to outdo the seasonal strain—and unlikely to mix with it, according to a report published yesterday.

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