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Oct 23, 2008

Oct 23, 2008

ACIP opens door to anthrax shots for first responders

(CIDRAP News) – The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has opened the door to voluntary anthrax vaccination for first responders, revising an 8-year-old recommendation against that step.

Sep 18, 2008

Sep 18, 2008

Study: Flu shots in pregnant women benefit newborns

(CIDRAP News) – A study conducted in Bangladesh suggests that an influenza shot during pregnancy lowers the risk of influenza both for the woman and for the baby in the first 6 months of life.

Apr 25, 2008

Apr 25, 2008

IOM: US likely to need bigger antiviral stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The US government will need to expand its stockpile of antiviral drugs if the goal is to have enough doses to treat all patients and provide preventive treatment for some others at risk in an influenza pandemic, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) says in a report issued today.

Apr 21, 2008

Apr 21, 2008

CDC reports vaccinia infections in lab workers

(CIDRAP News) – An ongoing trickle of vaccinia virus infections in laboratory workers who handle the virus points up the need for them to be immunized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week.

Mar 05, 2008

Mar 05, 2008

Flu immunizations for children will pose big challenge

(CIDRAP News) – Starting next fall, how will the healthcare system get influenza vaccine into the arms (or noses) of tens of millions of additional children each year, given that the vaccination season is limited and many children don't have regular medical checkups?

Feb 27, 2008

Feb 27, 2008

ACIP recommends flu shots for all school children

(CIDRAP News) – The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today recommended influenza vaccination for all school-age children, boosting the number of children targeted for flu shots by about 30 million.

The ACIP, whose recommendations are routinely adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said children from ages 5 through 18 should get flu shots, the CDC announced in a news release.

Jan 31, 2008

Jan 31, 2008

Study: School-based flu immunizations save money

(CIDRAP News) – School-based vaccination could be a cost-effective option for preventing influenza in school-age children and their families, according to a recent multistate trial.

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