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Feb 29, 2008

Feb 29, 2008

Flu epidemic may be slowing, CDC says

(CIDRAP News ) – This year's influenza epidemic showed signs of tapering off last week, but flu was still widespread in every state except Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

At the same time, the CDC issued a notice aiming to remind clinicians to consider prescribing the antiviral drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors to treat or prevent flu.

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.

Feb 22, 2008

Feb 22, 2008

CDC expecting H5N1 samples from Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – An official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is a collaborating laboratory for the World Health Organization (WHO), today said Indonesia's health ministry is sending 15 H5N1 influenza samples for virus characterization, the first the country has shared since last year.

Feb 22, 2008

CDC says flu is widespread in 49 states

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity was widespread in 49 US states by the end of last week, up from 44 states a week earlier, but the epidemic's growth was not as dramatic as it was the previous week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Feb 22, 2008

FDA panel endorses overhaul for 2008-09 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – With many of the influenza viruses now infecting people not matched well by this year's flu vaccine, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee recommended yesterday that producers use three new flu strains in next season's vaccine, replacing all three components of this year's version.

Feb 21, 2008

Feb 21, 2008

Texas A&M fined $1 million for lab safety lapses

(CIDRAP News) – Officials at Texas A&M University announced yesterday that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has accepted the school's offer to pay a $1 million fine in connection with a 2007 report on several safety violations at its biodefense laboratory.

Feb 20, 2008

Feb 20, 2008

CDC says state preparedness much improved since 2001

(CIDRAP News) – The distribution of more than $5 billion in federal funds since 2001 has greatly improved states' preparedness to deal with disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other public health emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a first-of-its-kind assessment.

Feb 15, 2008

Feb 15, 2008

Flu widespread in 44 states, CDC reports

(CIDRAP News) – The current influenza season is showing signs of becoming a tough one, with flu activity now widespread in 44 states and many of the circulating viruses differing from those in the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Feb 14, 2008

Feb 14, 2008

WHO advises total makeover for 2008-09 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported evidence of a less-than-satisfactory match between all three components of this season's influenza vaccine and the flu strains currently making people sick.

Feb 13, 2008

Feb 13, 2008

Biodefense research watchdog group disbands

(CIDRAP News) – The Sunshine Project, a nonprofit group that has monitored biological weapons developments and helped expose safety breaches at several US biodefense research facilities, announced on Feb 1 that it had ceased operations.

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