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Sep 14, 2005

Sep 14, 2005

Officials urge high-risk groups to get flu shots soon

(CIDRAP News) – National health officials made a major pitch today for healthcare workers and people most at risk for influenza and its complications to get flu shots within the next few weeks.

"There are going to be more opportunities than ever to get vaccinated, so go out and get your flu shot," said Mark B. McClellan, head of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in appealing particularly to Medicare recipients.

Aug 18, 2005

Aug 18, 2005

Medicare proposes requiring nursing homes to give flu shots

(CIDRAP News) – Nursing homes that serve Medicare and Medicaid recipients would have to vaccinate residents against influenza and pneumococcal disease to stay in the federal programs, under a plan announced last week.

Nursing homes would have to give the immunizations unless the patient or patient's family refused or the shots were medically contraindicated, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said in a news release.

Feb 18, 2005

Feb 18, 2005

Pneumonic plague outbreak in Congo sparks WHO response

(CIDRAP News) – An unusual outbreak of pneumonic plague that has killed at least 61 people and potentially sickened hundreds of others is the focus of a World Health Organization (WHO) mission in a war-torn area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Jan 05, 2005

Jan 05, 2005

Human cases of H5N1 avian flu may have been missed

(CIDRAP News) – A new study of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Thailand suggests that a number of cases might have gone undetected and that the disease may prey on children disproportionately.

Aug 11, 2004

Aug 11, 2004

Tularemia cases on Martha's Vineyard puzzle experts

(CIDRAP News) – A medical mystery is baffling infectious disease experts on Martha's Vineyard.

The island off Cape Cod, Mass., has had a string of mysterious tularemia cases. For the fifth summer in a row, people are falling ill with the rare pneumonic form of tularemia, one of the six diseases considered most likely to be spread by terrorists.

Jan 22, 2004

Jan 22, 2004

WHO warns avian flu situation may get worse

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) warned today that the avian influenza outbreaks and related human cases in East Asia may get worse, while worries about a possible outbreak mounted in Thailand.

Jan 08, 2004

Jan 08, 2004

Flu has killed 93 children but may be declining

(CIDRAP News) – The 2003-2004 influenza season may already be past its peak, but it has claimed the lives of 93 children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Sep 03, 2003

Sep 03, 2003

WHO advocates flu shots to limit SARS false alarms

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) says influenza vaccination may yield an extra benefit this year: limiting the number of false alarms for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Jul 11, 2003

Jul 11, 2003

SARS suspected in Texas air base personnel

Editor's Note: A correction was made to paragraph 5 on July 14.

Apr 02, 2003

Apr 02, 2003

WHO warns against travel to China as world SARS cases top 2,200

Apr 2 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today took the unusual step of advising against nonessential travel to Hong Kong and the neighboring Guangdong Province of China because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) there.

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