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Dec 19, 2003

Dec 19, 2003

CDC says 42 children have died of flu

(CIDRAP News) – Forty-two children have died recently of influenza-related causes, and at least some of them had no underlying health problems, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Dec 18, 2003

Dec 18, 2003

CDC advises on antiviral use in flu outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday issued guidelines for using antiviral drugs to prevent and treat influenza during the current season.

The guidelines cover the use of four antivirals—oseltamivir, zanamivir, amantadine, and rimantadine. The CDC emphasizes using the medications to control flu outbreaks in nursing homes and other institutions housing people at high risk for flu complications.

Dec 18, 2003

Flu widespread in 36 states; vaccine supplies vary

(CIDRAP News) – Thirty-six states had "widespread" influenza outbreaks by the end of last week, 12 more states than faced that situation a week earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

All western states except South Dakota and Alaska had widespread flu, meaning outbreaks in at least half their regions, the CDC says in the Dec 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Dec 15, 2003

Dec 15, 2003

HHS buys another 375,000 doses of flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is buying 375,000 doses of influenza vaccine from British drug maker Chiron to boost the nation's waning vaccine supply, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.

In addition, HHS has negotiated a contract for 3 million doses of the intranasal vaccine FluMist that state and local health departments can buy if needed, Thompson announced.

Dec 12, 2003

Dec 12, 2003

States' progress in health preparedness called modest

(CIDRAP News) – Despite a flood of new federal aid, the states are only modestly better prepared to cope with major health emergencies now than they were before the terrorist attacks of 2001, according to a report by a nonprofit public health advocacy group.

Dec 11, 2003

Dec 11, 2003

CDC says flu shots should go to high-risk groups first

(CIDRAP News) – With influenza spreading rapidly and vaccine supplies running low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended today that people at high risk for flu complications should have priority for vaccination.

Dec 11, 2003

Dec 11, 2003

HHS to buy 250,000 doses of flu vaccine from Aventis

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government will buy 250,000 doses of influenza vaccine from Aventis Pasteur to augment the nation's dwindling supply, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.

Dec 09, 2003

Dec 09, 2003

CDC considers tapping European supply of flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government is considering buying influenza vaccine from a British company in an effort to remedy a possible shortage in the United States, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Dec 05, 2003

Dec 05, 2003

Flu activity widespread in 13 states; vaccine shortage feared

(CIDRAP News) – Signs of an unusually bad influenza season increased this week as federal health officials reported widespread influenza in 13 states and hints of a possible vaccine shortage began to appear.

Sep 03, 2003

Sep 03, 2003

Study offers guidance for telling anthrax from influenza

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who compared the reported signs and symptoms of anthrax and of common viral respiratory tract infections have published guidelines that could help clinicians distinguish inhalational anthrax from more benign infections in the aftermath of an anthrax attack.

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