News & Perspective

Mar 07, 2008

Mar 07, 2008

CDC retires one old smallpox vaccine, keeps another

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials recently announced plans to get rid of their last remaining stocks of the decades-old smallpox vaccine Dryvax, as a newer vaccine takes its place in the national stockpile of emergency medical supplies.

Mar 07, 2008

Flu activity continues to slow, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Seasonal influenza activity in the United States slowed last week for the second week in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in a surveillance update today.

Widespread activity was reported in 47 states—two fewer than the previous week. Regional activity was reported in Massachusetts, Mississippi, and New Mexico. The District of Columbia reported only local activity.