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Feb 17, 2011

Feb 17, 2011

WHO sticks with current strains for next flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Signaling that the current flu strains are likely to persist over the next several months, the World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended sticking with the current trio of vaccine strains for the Northern Hemisphere's next influenza season.

The WHO's vaccine strain advisory committee met on Feb 15 and 16 and released its recommendation on the WHO's Web site. The group recommends the following for next season's vaccine:

Jan 14, 2011

Jan 14, 2011

Antibodies from H1N1 patients raise hope for more versatile flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – A team of US researchers reported this week that a set of antibodies derived from 2009 H1N1 influenza patients showed an ability to react with a number of other flu strains, strengthening hopes that it will eventually be possible to create a broadly protective flu vaccine.

Jan 07, 2011

Jan 07, 2011

CDC gives mixed report on US flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials today gave a mixed report on influenza activity for last week, saying overall activity decreased slightly but more states reported widespread flu than the week before.

In Europe, meanwhile, flu activity increased in several countries, and the United Kingdom and Denmark reported high flu circulation, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO's) European Regional Office.

Sep 14, 2010

Sep 14, 2010

Survey finds improvements in hand-washing habits

(CIDRAP News) – Observers who staked out public restrooms in four US cities found that 85% of people using the facilities washed their hands afterward, the highest level since researchers began regularly studying the behavior in 1996, according to a report released yesterday.

Jul 07, 2010

Jul 07, 2010

Non-vaccine aid for needy nations' pandemic response falls short

(CIDRAP News) – While donor countries and organizations have responded well to the need for pandemic flu vaccine for developing countries, the level of giving for other pandemic response efforts in needy countries so far has fallen short, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a recent report.

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