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Sep 30, 2009

Sep 30, 2009

Senior groups push vaccine messages, pandemic planning

Sep 30. 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As pandemic flu activity picks up speed across the nation, groups that serve older adults are shoring up plans for both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccination and are preparing backup plans in case absences hit key services such as Meals on Wheels, government officials and senior groups said today.

Sep 29, 2009

Sep 29, 2009

Protection after early flu shots likely to last all season

(CIDRAP News) – The current public health advice that Americans should get their seasonal flu shots early this year has prompted some to voice concern that their protection will fade later in the season. But medical literature and disease experts indicate there is no good evidence that immunity conferred by the shots wanes so quickly.

Sep 29, 2009

Sep 29, 2009

Shot beats nasal spray in adult seasonal flu vaccine trial

(CIDRAP News) – While there is evidence that the live nasal-spray vaccine for seasonal influenza works better than injectable vaccine in children, the injectable vaccine was found to be more effective in a trial in close to 2,000 young adults, according to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Sep 29, 2009

CDC looks to improve H1N1 obstetric guidance

(CIDRAP News) – As more pregnant women enter hospital delivery rooms sick with pandemic H1N1 flu, health professionals and their patients are struggling with some of the elements in federal guidance—such as having patients wearing masks during labor—that will soon be revised, experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Sep 28, 2009

Sep 28, 2009

CDC cites bacterial infections in some H1N1 deaths

Editor's note: This story was revised Sep 29 to correct a detail about when pneumonia cases were diagnosed.

Sep 25, 2009

Sep 25, 2009

Biggest pandemic worry for business: absenteeism

(CIDRAP News) – Business officials who attended a conference this week on how the business world can cope with the H1N1 influenza pandemic said employee absenteeism was far and away their leading concern.

In live polling conducted during a conference plenary session, 81% of the attendees said their greatest concern about the pandemic was absenteeism. Only 13% said they were most worried about disruption of critical supply chains.

Sep 25, 2009

Sep 25, 2009

WHO: Certain H1N1 cases may predict antiviral resistance

(CIDRAP News) – While antiviral-resistant H1N1 influenza viruses remain rare, clinicians should watch for two particular kinds of H1N1 cases that seem more likely to give rise to viruses resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

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