News & Perspective

Nov 11, 2009

Nov 11, 2009

Officials take a heartland look at pandemic vaccine messages

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to gauge how pandemic vaccine messages are being received outside the Washington, DC, beltway, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday held a tabletop exercise in Minneapolis and included participants from local media outlets and public health departments.

Nov 06, 2009

Nov 06, 2009

Pandemic flu keeps strong grip on US

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity continues its vigorous spread across the United States, with 48 states experiencing widespread activity and reports of 18 more deaths in children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Nov 05, 2009

Nov 05, 2009

WHO warns countries not to underestimate pandemic virus

(CIDRAP News) –An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) today said he expects serious cases and deaths as pandemic flu activity picks up in the Northern Hemisphere, and he warned people not to underestimate the virus, even though illnesses are often mild.

Oct 23, 2009

Oct 23, 2009

Spikes in US indicators point to intensifying pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity is now widespread in 46 states, five more than the previous week, causing an increasing number of school closures and starting to hit the young adult age-group harder, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Oct 22, 2009

Oct 22, 2009

CDC notes change in ethnic pattern of H1N1 impact

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has seen a change in the ethnic distribution of fatal pandemic H1N1 influenza cases, a CDC official reported at a meeting of its vaccine advisory committee today.

Oct 21, 2009

Oct 21, 2009

Minnesota flu line will speed antivirals to at-risk patients

(CIDRAP News) – In a move designed to lighten the burden on emergency departments and clinics, Minnesota officials today unveiled a flu triage line staffed by nurses who can discuss symptoms with sick patients, suggest treatment steps, and prescribe an antiviral drug if the caller is in a high-risk category.

Oct 19, 2009

Oct 19, 2009

USDA confirms first pandemic H1N1 finding in US pigs

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today confirmed the pandemic H1N1 flu virus in a sample from a Minnesota pig, marking the first detection of the virus in pigs in the United States.

Oct 14, 2009

Oct 14, 2009

CDC keeps N-95 recommendation in H1N1 health worker guidance

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued eagerly awaited recommendations on pandemic H1N1 infection control in healthcare settings, which affirms its earlier guidance on N-95 respirators but spells out other options for when the respirators are in short supply.

Oct 13, 2009

Oct 13, 2009

Injectable pandemic H1N1 vaccine headed to states

(CIDRAP News) – About half of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine coming from manufacturers is now injectable doses, and shipments are on their way to states to use this week alongside the nasal-spray version that is already available, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Oct 12, 2009

Oct 12, 2009

Studies point up pandemic demand on critical care resources

(CIDRAP News) – A collection of new studies is demonstrating once again the ability of the pandemic H1N1 virus to make some people desperately sick and is raising questions about the potential strain on critical-care resources this fall and winter.

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