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Nov 13, 2009

Nov 13, 2009

CDC cites some signs of ebbing US flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – Today's weekly influenza reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contain some hints that the fall wave of H1N1 flu may have crested, though cases are still widespread over most of the country.

Nov 13, 2009

WHO notes H1N1 up in some regions, leveling in others

(CIDRAP News) –Pandemic activity is showing early signs of peaking in some parts of North America, but is on the rise in several European countries as well as those in Central and Eastern Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Nov 12, 2009

Nov 12, 2009

CDC's new estimation method raises H1N1 numbers

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today unveiled a new counting method that significantly increases the estimated numbers of pandemic HIN1 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. At the same time, the agency said it will receive only about half the vaccine it expected this week.

Nov 12, 2009

WHO stresses antiviral use in high-risk H1N1 patients

(CIDRAP News) – Citing reports that hospitals and clinics in some countries are being overwhelmed by pandemic influenza cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) today put an exclamation on its advice about the importance of prompt antiviral treatment for high-risk patients.

Nov 12, 2009

An update from the H1N1 influenza pandemic trenches: Are we sitting in the eye of a hurricane or watching a storm pass?

"Expect the unexpected." I'm sticking with this mantra for the H1N1 influenza pandemic. I'd like to suggest you do, too—especially now.

It's hard to believe that less than a year ago, we were talking about pandemic planning fatigue. Now it's as if we're experiencing pandemic presence fatigue.

Nov 11, 2009

Nov 11, 2009

Officials take a heartland look at pandemic vaccine messages

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to gauge how pandemic vaccine messages are being received outside the Washington, DC, beltway, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday held a tabletop exercise in Minneapolis and included participants from local media outlets and public health departments.

Nov 11, 2009

Nov 11, 2009

Sanofi vows to finish making H1N1 vaccine by year's end

(CIDRAP News) – After a slow start in producing H1N1 flu vaccine, Sanofi Pasteur has improved yields threefold and expects to fulfill its government order for 75 million doses by the end of the year, company officials said today.

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