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Dec 09, 2009

Dec 09, 2009

Seasonal flu vaccine uptake about like last year

(CIDRAP News) – About the same percentage of Americans were vaccinated against seasonal influenza this year as received vaccine last year, according to a survey released today that undercuts perceptions of extraordinary demand driven by pandemic-fueled awareness.

Dec 08, 2009

Dec 08, 2009

Researchers estimate relatively low H1N1 fatality rate

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who analyzed H1N1 influenza hospitalization and death data from the early months of the pandemic say the fall-winter phase of the contagion may bring fewer deaths than an average flu season, barring any changes that would make the virus more virulent, but the deaths are likely to be in younger age-groups.

Dec 08, 2009

Reports probe Tamiflu benefits, call for clinical data transparency

Dec 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In an update of a review on the role of neuraminidase inhibitors in seasonal flu prevention and treatment, the authors reversed a previous conclusion that oseltamivir (Tamiflu) prevents complications like pneumonia in healthy patients because they were unable to reconstruct the data in one of the key studies that found a benefit.

Dec 04, 2009

Dec 04, 2009

CDC heartened by initial safety reports on H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Preliminary studies indicate that the pandemic H1N1 vaccine is just as safe as seasonal flu vaccines and is very unlikely to increase the risk of the paralytic condition that derailed the 1976 swine flu vaccination campaign, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Dec 03, 2009

Dec 03, 2009

WHO: It's too early to say pandemic has peaked

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's (WHO's) top influenza expert said today it's too soon to judge whether the H1N1 influenza pandemic has passed its peak, though he acknowledged that cases are dropping in the United States and Canada.

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