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Jul 09, 2009

Jul 09, 2009

Sebelius expects launch of H1N1 vaccination drive in fall

(CIDRAP News) – If an effective vaccine for pandemic H1N1 influenza is available, the federal government expects to mount an H1N1 vaccination campaign this fall, initially targeting schoolchildren, adults with health problems, pregnant women, and healthcare and emergency workers, a top US official said today.

Jun 29, 2009

Jun 29, 2009

Experts look for clues in 1918 pandemic virus family tree

(CIDRAP News) – To outside observers, the novel H1N1 virus spreading quickly to every corner of the globe must seem like it came out of nowhere, but the organism is a fourth generation of the 1918 pandemic virus and comes from an H1N1 family tree that is colorful and complex, according to two historical reviews that appear today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Apr 29, 2009

Apr 29, 2009

Apr 28, 2009

Apr 28, 2009

Senate hearing raises pandemic readiness, funding issues

(CIDRAP News) –At an emergency hearing today of the Senate appropriations committee, Sen Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said the Obama administration will ask for $1.5 billion to fight the swine influenza epidemic, as committee members sought to get a handle on the elements and cost estimates of the public health response.

Apr 22, 2009

Apr 22, 2009

Swine flu cases recall 1976 episode

(CIDRAP News) – Swine influenza viruses have never been documented as the cause of a human influenza pandemic, but in 1976 they generated pandemic fears strong enough to trigger a nationwide vaccination campaign.

The reporting of swine flu cases in two California children this week stirred memories of the 1976 episode, which caused major embarrassment for public health authorities when the pandemic never materialized.

Aug 19, 2008

Aug 19, 2008

Researchers find long-lived immunity to 1918 pandemic virus

(CIDRAP News) – A study of the blood of older people who survived the 1918 influenza pandemic reveals that antibodies to the strain have lasted a lifetime and can perhaps be engineered to protect future generations against similar strains.

Nov 15, 2007

Nov 15, 2007

THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Can we vaccinate enough people in time to matter?

Maryn McKennaContributing Writer

(CIDRAP News) – This in-depth article investigates the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Its seven parts put advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame.

Oct 25, 2007

Oct 25, 2007

THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Part 1: Flu research: a legacy of neglect

Editor's note: This is the first in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame.

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