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Nov 10, 2010

Nov 10, 2010

Pandemic report warns against 'flu fatigue,' complacency

(CIDRAP News) – A review of several after-action pandemic assessments released today shows that earlier investments in emergency preparedness were helpful, but serious gaps such as low flu vaccination rates in minority groups and continued erosion of public health infrastructure could undermine response to the next national health emergency.

Oct 14, 2010

Oct 14, 2010

Flu + pneumococcal vaccines in elderly: compound benefits?

(CIDRAP News) – A large prospective study from Hong Kong raises the possibility that elderly people with chronic illnesses can significantly reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack by getting vaccinated against influenza and pneumococcal disease at the same time, but other researchers are greeting the findings with a mix of caution and skepticism.

Aug 11, 2010

Aug 11, 2010

Healthcare-related MRSA decreases, but reasons unclear

(CIDRAP News) – A new large-scale study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections shows that infection rates have dropped in hospitalized people and those recently exposed to healthcare settings, but experts aren't sure what factors are driving the decline.

Aug 05, 2010

Aug 05, 2010

ACIP says not to use CSL flu vaccine in small children

(CIDRAP News) – Because of reports of increased fever and seizures in Australian and New Zealand children, the US government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended today that a seasonal influenza vaccine made by CSL Ltd. should generally not be used in children from 6 months through 8 years old this fall and winter.

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