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Dec 23, 2004

Dec 23, 2004

North Carolina E coli outbreak traced to petting zoo

(CIDRAP News) – A recent outbreak of E coli O157:H7 infections was traced mostly to a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair, even though the zoo had posted signs and provided facilities to promote hand hygiene.

Dec 17, 2004

Dec 17, 2004

Congress provides $99 million to aid flu vaccine production

(CIDRAP News) – Pushed by this year's influenza vaccine crisis, Congress recently approved $99 million to improve the nation's capacity to produce influenza vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dec 14, 2004

Dec 14, 2004

Shortage spurs trial of GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine

As part of efforts to improve the nation's long-term supply of influenza vaccine, the federal government is launching a clinical trial to help get a German-made vaccine licensed for regular use in the United States.

Dec 13, 2004

Dec 13, 2004

Leavitt nominated as new HHS secretary

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush today announced Michael O. Leavitt as his choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), replacing Tommy Thompson, who resigned last week.

Leavitt, who served three terms as governor of Utah, has been administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since November 2003. His name now goes to the Senate for confirmation.

Dec 07, 2004

Dec 07, 2004

HHS buys 1.2 million flu vaccine doses from abroad

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government is buying 1.2 million doses of flu vaccine made in Germany to augment the strained US supply, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.

Nov 12, 2004

Nov 12, 2004

WHO says nations must fund work on pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's top influenza expert warned at the end of a 2-day international meeting today that governments need to fund the development of vaccines to combat a feared flu pandemic that could kill millions of people, according to news services.

Nov 11, 2004

Nov 11, 2004

WHO: world has historic chance to gird for pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Asia gives the world its first opportunity to prepare a vaccine in advance for a potential pandemic strain of flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as it convened a meeting of vaccine companies and health officials to consider the challenge.

Oct 28, 2004

Oct 28, 2004

Progress on flu vaccine supply announced

(CIDRAP News) – About 5 million additional doses of injectable flu vaccine have been identified that will hopefully be added to the US supply, according to an announcement made today by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson. In addition, 300,000 doses are being redirected to high-risk individuals from stores originally planned for military personnel and federal employees.

Oct 15, 2004

Oct 15, 2004

None of Chiron's flu vaccine is safe, FDA says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today ruled out using any of Chiron Corporation's influenza vaccine in the United States this year, following the completion of inspections at the company's plant in Liverpool, England.

Oct 05, 2004

Oct 05, 2004

Half of US flu vaccine supply suddenly not available

(CIDRAP News) – The vaccine supply for the soon-to-begin influenza season is suddenly in serious condition with news that Chiron Corp., maker of about half the US supply, has been ordered to stop production by British health authorities and will not be shipping its doses.

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