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Dec 31, 2009

Dec 31, 2009

Pneumococcus infection boosts risk of severe illness in H1N1 patients

(CIDRAP News) – H1N1 flu patients who were also infected with a common cause of pneumonia were 125 times more likely to develop life-threatening disease, a team of American and Argentinean researchers reported Thursday.

Dec 30, 2009

Dec 30, 2009

Study: H1N1 not highly contagious in households

(CIDRAP News) – People living in the same household were less likely to catch H1N1 influenza from a sick family member than they would have been in past pandemics or during a normal flu season, a team from University College London and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dec 29, 2009

Dec 29, 2009

New Hampshire probes GI anthrax case

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in New Hampshire are investigating whether a woman who is ill with gastrointestinal (GI) anthrax contracted the potentially deadly infection at a drum circle gathering in Durham, N.H.

Dec 23, 2009

Dec 23, 2009

H1N1 poses grave risk to pregnant women, new moms

(CIDRAP News) – Infection with H1N1 influenza poses a grave danger to pregnant women and those who have just delivered, and the risk increases when they do not receive antiviral treatment very rapidly, California and Atlanta researchers report today online ahead of print in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"This pandemic has the potential to notably increase overall maternal mortality in the United States in 2009," they write.

Dec 22, 2009

Dec 22, 2009

Slight loss of potency prompts recall of nasal H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – MedImmune Inc. today announced a recall of leftover doses from 13 lots of its nasal-spray H1N1 vaccine because of a slight loss of potency, but the company said those who received doses from the affected lots don't need to be revaccinated.

The company and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there are no safety problems with the recalled doses.

Dec 22, 2009

CDC sets sights on getting pandemic vaccine to adults

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's supply of pandemic vaccine has grown to 111 million doses, enough so that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is turning part of its attention toward boosting the percentage of adults who get vaccinated.

Dec 21, 2009

Dec 21, 2009

Study: One H1N1 vaccine dose may be OK for young children

(CIDRAP News) – A study in Australia showed that one dose of H1N1 influenza vaccine, rather than the two doses recommended in the United States, was enough to generate a probably protective immune response in children younger than 9 years.

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