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Nov 09, 2007

Nov 09, 2007

CDC: vaccine deliveries set record, but will strains match?

(CIDRAP News) – Deliveries of seasonal influenza vaccine have already outpaced the number of doses ever distributed in a single season, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, but they voiced concerns about a possible mismatch of one of the strains.

Oct 31, 2007

Oct 31, 2007

GAO critiques anthrax vaccine procurement, management

(CIDRAP News) – The US government's attempt to add a next-generation anthrax vaccine to its stockpile failed because of a premature contract award, unrealistic expectations, and confusion about how the vaccine would be used, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative agency of Congress.

Sep 04, 2007

Sep 04, 2007

FDA approves Acambis smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A second-generation smallpox vaccine made by the British biotechnology company Acambis plc and stockpiled by the US government as protection against bioterrorist attacks has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

May 25, 2007

May 25, 2007

Congress cut pandemic funds before passing spending bill

(CIDRAP News) – Farmers, airlines, and salmon fishermen stood to benefit when Congress passed a modestly trimmed emergency spending bill yesterday, but pandemic influenza preparedness lost out.

May 17, 2007

May 17, 2007

CDC reports on soldier's son who had severe vaccinia infection

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a detailed report about a 2-year-old Indiana boy who is recovering from a severe eczema vaccinatum infection contracted through contact with his father, a soldier who had recently received a smallpox vaccine.

May 04, 2007

May 04, 2007

CDC reports sexual transmission of vaccinia

(CIDRAP News) – A woman from Alaska experienced vulvar vaccinia after she was intimate with a US military member who had received his smallpox vaccination 3 days before, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 19, 2007

Mar 19, 2007

Son of vaccinated soldier has severe vaccinia infection

(CIDRAP News) – A 2-year-old Indiana boy is in critical condition in a Chicago hospital with eczema vaccinatum, a rare type of vaccinia virus skin infection that he contracted through contact with his father, a soldier who recently had a smallpox shot.

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