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Dec 29, 2004

Dec 29, 2004

West Nile cases dropped sharply in 2004

(CIDRAP News) – West Nile virus continued its relentless blanketing of the United States in 2004, marching westward but leaving far fewer dead and ill people in its wake than it did last year.

Dec 23, 2004

Dec 23, 2004

North Carolina E coli outbreak traced to petting zoo

(CIDRAP News) – A recent outbreak of E coli O157:H7 infections was traced mostly to a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair, even though the zoo had posted signs and provided facilities to promote hand hygiene.

Dec 20, 2004

Dec 20, 2004

Survey: a third of people think flu vaccine causes flu

(CIDRAP News) – In one of several reports on influenza vaccine last week, federal health officials reported that about a third of people who responded to a survey last winter thought that the vaccine caused flu.

Dec 17, 2004

Dec 17, 2004

Congress provides $99 million to aid flu vaccine production

(CIDRAP News) – Pushed by this year's influenza vaccine crisis, Congress recently approved $99 million to improve the nation's capacity to produce influenza vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dec 17, 2004

CDC loosens restrictions on flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – To keep influenza vaccine from going to waste, the government announced today that more people will be eligible to receive flu shots starting Jan 3 where supplies are adequate.

Dec 16, 2004

Dec 16, 2004

Flu vaccine supply looks better, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials painted a rosy picture of the influenza vaccine supply today, saying most states have enough vaccine and the nation as a whole seems to have enough to meet the demand from groups who need the shots the most.

Dec 16, 2004

FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Vaccine-rich states channel doses elsewhere

(CIDRAP News) – When doctors in Maryland needed influenza vaccine for high-risk patients recently, they didn't send a request to a private distributor. They turned to Minnesota instead.

Dec 09, 2004

Dec 09, 2004

CDC OKs exceptions to flu-shot guidelines

(CIDRAP News) – If states have extra influenza vaccine left in the private sector after the demand from high-priority groups has been met, people in lower-priority groups should be allowed to get flu shots, federal health officials said yesterday.

Dec 07, 2004

Dec 07, 2004

Botulism confirmed in three cases linked to Florida clinic

(CIDRAP News) – Florida officials said today that botulism has been confirmed in three of four suspected cases linked with a Florida clinic that reportedly gave injections with anti-wrinkle preparations containing botulinum toxin, but whether the cases stemmed from such injections remained unknown.

Dec 07, 2004

Dec 07, 2004

HHS buys 1.2 million flu vaccine doses from abroad

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government is buying 1.2 million doses of flu vaccine made in Germany to augment the strained US supply, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.

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