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Mar 02, 2009

Mar 02, 2009

H1N1 viruses gain Tamiflu resistance without losing fitness

(CIDRAP News) – Studies published today confirm that influenza A/H1N1 viruses have become widely resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the leading flu drug, without losing their ability to make people sick—thereby underlining the need for new antiviral drugs.

Mar 02, 2009

Military study: Flu shot yields less illness than mist

(CIDRAP News) – In one of the largest head-to-head studies comparing two different seasonal flu vaccines in a healthy, adult population, those who received trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) had fewer medical visits for respiratory illnesses compared to those who received the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV).

Feb 18, 2009

Feb 18, 2009

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 outbreaks, lab workers cleared, pan flu vaccine, veterinarian shortage, Salmonella update, MRSA in ICUs

Editor's note: The item on the Salmonella outbreak was revised Feb 19 to correct information on case numbers for specific states.

Feb 12, 2009

Feb 12, 2009

US court rejects vaccines-autism link

(CIDRAP News) – In a ruling that aligns with numerous research studies, a special federal court today rejected claims by three sets of parents that vaccines caused their children's autism.

The US Court of Federal Claims ruled against claims that autism was triggered by measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or by MMR vaccine in combination with vaccines containing thimerosal.

Dec 22, 2008

Dec 22, 2008

FDA approves shortened anthrax-vaccine course

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new version of BioThrax—the nation's only licensed anthrax vaccine—that requires fewer doses and changes the injection route.

Dec 10, 2008

Dec 10, 2008

Rand releases midseason flu vaccination status report

(CIDRAP News) – The Rand Corp. today released its first-ever midseason survey on the uptake of the current influenza vaccine, which found that public officials still have a tall task in front of them to administer this year's record vaccine supply.

The survey indicated that about 30% of US adults had received a flu shot by mid November, but more than half of those surveyed said they didn't plan to get the immunization.

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.

Oct 06, 2008

Oct 06, 2008

Trial offers hope for shortening anthrax-shot series

(CIDRAP News) – An interim report from a major study of the US's only licensed anthrax vaccine suggests it may be possible to reduce local side effects without sacrificing effectiveness by changing the injection route and using fewer doses.

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