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Dec 28, 2009

Dec 28, 2009

FDA licenses high-dose flu vaccine for elderly

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a high-dose seasonal influenza vaccine for elderly people, whose aging immune systems may not respond effectively to flu vaccines intended for younger people.

The vaccine, Fluzone High-Dose, made by Sanofi Pasteur, contains four times as much antigen (active ingredient) as standard seasonal flu vaccines. The FDA and the company announced its approval Dec 23.

Dec 23, 2009

Dec 23, 2009

H1N1 poses grave risk to pregnant women, new moms

(CIDRAP News) – Infection with H1N1 influenza poses a grave danger to pregnant women and those who have just delivered, and the risk increases when they do not receive antiviral treatment very rapidly, California and Atlanta researchers report today online ahead of print in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"This pandemic has the potential to notably increase overall maternal mortality in the United States in 2009," they write.

Dec 22, 2009

Dec 22, 2009

Slight loss of potency prompts recall of nasal H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – MedImmune Inc. today announced a recall of leftover doses from 13 lots of its nasal-spray H1N1 vaccine because of a slight loss of potency, but the company said those who received doses from the affected lots don't need to be revaccinated.

The company and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there are no safety problems with the recalled doses.

Dec 22, 2009

CDC sets sights on getting pandemic vaccine to adults

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's supply of pandemic vaccine has grown to 111 million doses, enough so that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is turning part of its attention toward boosting the percentage of adults who get vaccinated.

Dec 21, 2009

Dec 21, 2009

Egypt reports 90th H5N1 case

(CIDRAP News) – Egypt's health ministry has confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza infection in a 21-year-old woman, the country's third case since late September, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

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