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Dec 27, 2005

Dec 27, 2005

China urged to share bird flu data, country claims better antiviral and avian vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official recently urged China to share more information on avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and to change farming practices to help prevent the disease.

In addition, China said it has developed a new antiviral drug for flu patients and a new avian flu vaccine for poultry, both of which are said to be better than existing products.

Dec 15, 2005

Dec 15, 2005

Sanofi says H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant may go further

Editor's note: The title and first two paragraphs of this story were revised Dec 16 to correct a statement in the original that gave a more positive reflection of the trial results described below than may be warranted. The original version said that Sanofi Pasteur had described the trial results as "promising," but the company actually said only that the results were "a sign of progress."

Dec 06, 2005

Dec 06, 2005

HHS hopes pandemic preparations will ease flu vaccine supply kinks

(CIDRAP News) – State health officials at a Washington, DC, meeting yesterday expressed frustration over problems with supplies of seasonal flu vaccine, while federal officials promised that the government's pandemic influenza preparedness plan will help clear up those problems.

Nov 10, 2005

Nov 10, 2005

CDC predicts flu vaccine shortages will ease

(CIDRAP News) – Scattered shortages of influenza vaccine have occurred this fall in the face of increased demand, but everyone who wants a shot should be able to get one before long, the nation's top disease-control official said today.

Oct 28, 2005

Oct 28, 2005

Chiron wins H5N1 vaccine contract; WHO says virus is changing

(CIDRAP News) – The US government has awarded Chiron Corp. a $62.5 million contract to make a vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza as part of efforts to prepare for a possible human flu pandemic.

Oct 19, 2005

Oct 19, 2005

Chiron lowers estimate of flu vaccine output

(CIDRAP News) – Chiron Corp. said this week its influenza vaccine production this year probably will be lower than the previous estimate of 18 million to 26 million doses, but officials wouldn't predict how much lower.

Oct 13, 2005

Oct 13, 2005

Chiron gets FDA nod to ship flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Armed with full federal approval for the first time in more than a year, Chiron Corp. says it may start shipping influenza vaccine to US distributors next week.

Chiron's first shipments since contamination problems blocked the company's vaccine shipments last year could help ease vaccine shortages caused by slow deliveries, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said.

Sep 28, 2005

Sep 28, 2005

NIAID, MedImmune team up to develop pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government and MedImmune Inc. announced today they will collaborate to develop vaccines for potential pandemic strains of influenza, using the technology that was used to create the company's nasal-spray flu vaccine, FluMist.

Sep 23, 2005

Sep 23, 2005

Flu vaccination benefits for elderly called modest

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who reviewed 64 studies report that influenza vaccination is only modestly beneficial for elderly people overall, with nursing home residents benefiting more than people living on their own.

Sep 01, 2005

Sep 01, 2005

CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24

(CIDRAP News) – Because of continuing uncertainty about the supply of influenza vaccine this winter, federal health officials said today that inactivated flu vaccine should be reserved for high-risk groups until late October.

"Beginning October 24, all persons will be eligible for vaccination," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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