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Dec 14, 2006

Dec 14, 2006

IOM says community measures may help in a pandemic

(CIDRAP New) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) weighed in with a clear "maybe" this week on whether community interventions such as school closures, quarantine, and respiratory etiquette could help blunt the impact of an influenza pandemic.

Nov 16, 2006

Nov 16, 2006

Clinicians raise questions about respirator use in pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Last month the US Department of Health and Human (HHS) called for a greater role for N95 respirators in protecting healthcare workers in the event of an influenza pandemic, and now clinicians are raising questions about potential problems such as inadequate supplies and poor fit.

Nov 14, 2006

Nov 14, 2006

Study: Flu vaccine slightly raises Guillain-Barré risk

(CIDRAP News) – Adults may have a slightly higher risk for hospitalization with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within a few weeks after influenza vaccination than at other times, though their overall risk of the disorder remains very low, Canadian researchers reported yesterday.

Oct 26, 2006

Oct 26, 2006

Most Americans willing to lie low in pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Americans are overwhelmingly willing to cut back their activities to help cope with an influenza pandemic, but many worry that they would have money problems if they had to miss as few as 7 days of work, according to a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

Oct 25, 2006

Oct 25, 2006

Study shows flu shots safe for 6- to 23-month-olds

(CIDRAP News) – A study involving tens of thousands of children has strengthened the evidence that influenza vaccination is safe for those 6 to 23 months old, an age-group for whom the government began recommending flu immunization 2 years ago.

Oct 13, 2006

Oct 13, 2006

CDC seeks data on nondrug prevention of pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to fund eight studies on whether simple measures such as handwashing, "cough etiquette," and face masks could help limit the extent of the next influenza pandemic.

The CDC announced this week it would provide a total of $5.2 million to research institutions, some outside the United States, to assess nonpharmaceutical measures for battling pandemic flu.

Sep 29, 2006

Sep 29, 2006

Airborne flu viruses threaten health workers, expert says

(CIDRAP News) – A microbiologist who reviewed the evidence about how influenza viruses spread says that some official guidelines, including the US pandemic influenza plan, may not go far enough in protecting healthcare workers who take care of flu patients.

Jun 20, 2006

Jun 20, 2006

IOM: Emergency health system unprepared for disasters

(CIDRAP News) – The US emergency medical care system is woefully inadequate and unprepared for a pandemic, bioterrorist attack, natural disaster, or other national crisis, three recent reports from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conclude.

Apr 28, 2006

Apr 28, 2006

IOM assesses reuse of masks in flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – There is no practical way to clean disposable medical masks and N95 respirators to allow them to safely be reused if supplies run short in an influenza pandemic, a panel of experts at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded.

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