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Feb 28, 2012

Feb 28, 2012

FDA picks two new vaccine strains for 2012-13 flu season

(CIDRAP News) – An advisory group to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today selected two new strains for the 2012-13 seasonal flu vaccine, based on a recent recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Feb 27, 2012

Feb 27, 2012

Reports detail risk of seizures in kids after flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – A recent set of articles in Vaccine has confirmed previous preliminary reports that young children who received influenza shots in the 2010-11 flu season had a slightly increased risk of a febrile seizure after vaccination, especially if they received a new pneumococcal vaccine at the same time.

Feb 23, 2012

Feb 23, 2012

Coalition pleads for incentives to swell antibiotic pipeline

(CIDRAP News) – A coalition of 51 medical and health groups is urging congressional leaders to act within the next few months to boost the development of new antibiotics, saying the ongoing loss of effective ones due to bacterial resistance is becoming a crisis.

Feb 15, 2012

Feb 15, 2012

Tainted Jimmy John's sprouts linked to illnesses in 5 states

(CIDRAP News) – An Escherichia coli O26 outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts served on Jimmy John's sandwiches has sickened 12 people in five states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Feb 14, 2012

Feb 14, 2012

Workshop: National biosurveillance system has long way to go

(CIDRAP News) – The goal of an integrated national biosurveillance system to detect threats to human and animal health, called for in a presidential directive in 2004, is still a long way from reality and faces complex obstacles, according to a workshop summary recently published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Feb 13, 2012

Feb 13, 2012

Proposed US budget taps prevention funds, leans on user fees

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama administration today proposed a fiscal year 2013 budget that would use prevention funds to cover some preparedness and public health activities and count on user fees to support more of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) food safety initiatives.

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