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Nov 18, 2009

Nov 18, 2009

Lawmakers fault H1N1 vaccination strategy

(CIDRAP News) – Leaders of the US Senate Homeland Security Committee sharply critiqued the federal government's H1N1 vaccination strategy yesterday, saying health officials should have recommended targeting only the highest-risk groups as soon as the vaccine delays came to light.

Oct 30, 2009

Oct 30, 2009

WHO experts favor single-dose H1N1 vaccine regimen

(CIDRAP News) – An expert committee that advises the World Health Organization (WHO) today updated its guidance on pandemic H1N1 vaccines, recommending a single dose for most age-groups and advising that any of the forms are safe for pregnant women.

Oct 23, 2009

Oct 23, 2009

More clouds in H1N1 vaccine supply picture

(CIDRAP News) – Questions about the tardy US supply of pandemic H1N1 vaccine have increased with the report that most of Novartis's doses may not reach the country until early in 2010 and a European regulatory recommendation that may have implications for the global vaccine supply.

Oct 22, 2009

Oct 22, 2009

CDC notes change in ethnic pattern of H1N1 impact

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has seen a change in the ethnic distribution of fatal pandemic H1N1 influenza cases, a CDC official reported at a meeting of its vaccine advisory committee today.

Aug 21, 2009

Aug 21, 2009

First H1N1 vaccine trial data expected in mid-September

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today said the first results of novel H1N1 vaccine trials—needed for determining the number and size of doses people will get—are expected in mid-September.

Two trials in adult and elderly volunteers started Aug 7 and are now almost fully enrolled, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), at a press teleconference.

Jul 29, 2009

Jul 29, 2009

ACIP targets up to 159 million Americans for H1N1 vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – The top US advisory panel on immunizations recommended today that groups totaling up to 159 million people be targeted for vaccination against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus but that a narrower population of about 41 million have priority if initial supplies are short.

Jul 29, 2009

Study on pandemic flu risks in pregnancy finds antiviral treatment delays

(CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women who have pandemic H1N1 influenza infection appear to be at greater risk of complications, but some healthcare providers have been hesitant to treat them early with antivirals despite recommendations to do so, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jul 28, 2009

Jul 28, 2009

CDC advisors to weigh who should receive H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The immunization advisory group for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) meets tomorrow in an emergency session to discuss which groups should be targeted to receive the pandemic H1N1 vaccine and whether some should have priority.

Jul 17, 2009

Jul 17, 2009

CDC braces for back-to-school flu spike, addresses vaccine worries

Jul 17 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Novel flu activity is still going strong but dropped for the third week in a row, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today during a media briefing that also sought to calm fears about vaccine availability.

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