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Mar 15, 2013

Mar 15, 2013

US flu markers show further signs of decline

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States last week continued its slow retreat, with more areas of the country returning to regional baselines and fewer respiratory samples testing positive for the virus.

Mar 08, 2013

Mar 08, 2013

US flu activity almost back to baseline

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the United States continued to tumble last week, with one key marker—clinic visits for flulike illness—nearly approaching the national baseline, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Feb 22, 2013

Feb 22, 2013

Flu activity continues its slow retreat

(CIDRAP News) – Some of the key markers that US officials use to track flu continued to tumble last week, though activity was still elevated in most parts of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today.

Nationally, the percentage of doctors visits for flulike illness fell from 3.2% to 2.8% last week, with all parts of the country still above regional baselines.

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.

Nov 15, 2012

Nov 15, 2012

FDA panel endorses H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant

(CIDRAP News) – A government advisory committee yesterday endorsed the safety and immunogenicity of an adjuvant-containing H5N1 influenza vaccine proposed for inclusion in the US pandemic emergency stockpile, signaling that it could become the first adjuvanted flu vaccine to win approval in the United States.

Sep 20, 2012

Sep 20, 2012

ECDC studies shed new light on narcolepsy and H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today confirmed a link between narcolepsy and pandemic 2009 H1N1 vaccination in children in Finland and Sweden, the two countries that originally reported a problem with the vaccine.

Nov 18, 2011

Nov 18, 2011

WHO: Southern Hemisphere wraps up its flu season

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the Southern Hemisphere has mostly returned to off-season levels, with only a few countries in tropical regions reporting significant activity, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Sep 01, 2011

Sep 01, 2011

Probe on narcolepsy-H1N1 vaccine link finds genetic risk factor

(CIDRAP News) – A final report from Finnish health officials on the link between the 2009 H1N1 Pandemrix vaccine and narcolepsy confirmed the link, finding a greater risk than their earlier estimate and identifying a genetic risk factor in all patients.

Jul 21, 2011

Jul 21, 2011

EMA narcolepsy review restricts Pandemrix use in kids, teens

(CIDRAP) – Europe's drug regulatory agency today released its final review of a link between narcolepsy and the Pandemrix 2009 H1N1 vaccine, which recommends a labeling change that limits the vaccine's use in children and teens to when protection is needed and seasonal trivalent vaccine isn't available.

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