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Jan 04, 2013

Jan 04, 2013

US flu activity continues to rise sharply

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity continued its sharp rise through the last week of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

"Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons," said Joe Bresee, MD, chief of epidemiology and prevention in the CDC's flu division, in a CDC statement today.

Jan 24, 2013

Jan 24, 2013

CDC: New norovirus strain fueling US outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – A new norovirus variant that emerged in Australia last year has been the leading cause of norovirus outbreaks in United States over the past few months, and federal health officials today warned that illnesses could increase in the months ahead.

Jan 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

CDC sees mixed flu picture, remaining threat for seniors

(CIDRAP News) – Deaths from pneumonia and flu in the United States rose sharply last week, with a rise in hospitalizations that continues to hit older people the hardest, though other disease indicators showed declines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jan 30, 2013

Jan 30, 2013

Study finds post-H1N1-vaccination rise in narcolepsy in 3 nations

(CIDRAP News) – A large study of narcolepsy background rates in six European countries before and after 2009 H1N1 pandemic vaccine campaigns confirmed increases in Finland and Sweden—the two countries that first reported the problem—but also detected a rise in Denmark.

Jan 31, 2013

Jan 31, 2013

Studies: Flu vaccine effectiveness waned over 2011-12 season

(CIDRAP News) – It's been more or less an article of faith that influenza vaccination in the fall will protect a person through the winter flu season, but three studies published today in Eurosurveillance are challenging that view.

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