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Jan 11, 2011

Jan 11, 2011

European study says H1N1 vaccine offered good protection

(CIDRAP News) – In the largest study of its kind so far to assess how well 2009 H1N1 vaccines performed in the pandemic setting, new findings from seven European countries showed they provided good protection, a result that mirrors early clinical studies.

Mar 08, 2010

Jan 25, 2010

Jan 25, 2010

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: KY hotline shut down, vaccine safety for fetuses, physicians' views, vaccine for the homeless


Kentucky shuts down its H1N1 hotlineAfter receiving about 10,000 calls since it began in October, Kentucky's hotline for questions on pandemic and seasonal influenza has been shut down as demand has waned, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Public health officials say the hotline can be reactivated if needed, but in the meantime those seeking flu-related answers can go to the state's Health Alerts Web site (

Jun 02, 2009

Jun 02, 2009

WHO drawing closer to declaring a pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The global novel H1N1 influenza situation is drawing closer to the status of a true pandemic but is not there yet, the World Health Organization's (WHO's) lead spokesman on the issue said today.

"Globally we believe we're in phase 5 but are getting closer to phase 6," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO assistant director-general for health security and the environment, referring to the WHO's pandemic alert phases.


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