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Feb 21, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

CDC midseason check finds scant flu vaccine effect for seniors

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccine over the past few months has provided moderate protection overall but didn't have a significant impact on protecting seniors, a study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed today.

Feb 01, 2013

Feb 01, 2013

CDC: Pandemic vaccine prevented 1 million cases, 300 deaths

(CIDRAP News) – The influenza vaccine that was developed to fight the 2009 pandemic saved roughly 300 lives and prevented about 1 million illnesses and 6,000 hospitalizations, or under 3% of the estimated total burden in each category, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 02, 2013

Oct 15, 2012

Oct 15, 2012

Report: Complacency, misperception stymie quest for better flu vaccines

The world needs much better influenza vaccines, but the quest for them faces a formidable barrier: overconfidence about the effectiveness of existing influenza vaccines.

Sep 14, 2012

Sep 14, 2012

Anthrax vaccine offer for first responders may begin in 2013

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may launch a pilot plan to offer anthrax vaccination to first responders early in 2013, a DHS official said at a congressional hearing yesterday.

In response to questions, Alexander Garza, MD, MPH, DHS's chief medical officer and assistant secretary for health affairs, was reluctant to discuss timing but said the trial program may be ready to debut "early next year."

Sep 13, 2012

Sep 13, 2012

Tight rabies vaccine supply prompts health alerts

(CIDRAP News) – Health departments in some states have alerted their providers about a thin supply of rabies vaccine that has limited pre-exposure prophylaxis and altered how they obtain vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

Aug 30, 2012

Aug 30, 2012

Study: Medical vaccine exemptions rise where they're easier to get

(CIDRAP News) – More parents obtain medical vaccination exemptions for their kindergarten children in states where they are easier to get, which potentially reduces herd immunity and poses a threat to children who have real medical contraindications to vaccination, according to a study published yesterday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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