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Oct 03, 2012

Oct 03, 2012

West Nile cases, deaths rose in past week, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – New cases of West Nile virus (WNV) disease and resulting deaths rose slightly in the past week, ending 2 weeks of declines in the numbers, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) weekly update today.

The report shows that 424 cases, with 16 deaths, were reported in the past week, compared with 403 cases and 13 deaths the week before. The totals for 2012 have now reached 3,969 cases and 163 deaths.

Jul 14, 2011

Jul 14, 2011

CDC issues guide for infection control in outpatient care

(CIDRAP News) – Saying that infection control in outpatient settings is often inadequate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new guide and checklist to improve infection prevention in primary care offices, surgery centers, and other outpatient facilities.

Feb 16, 2011

Feb 16, 2011

Federal officials launch new vaccine strategy, get flu immunization update

(CIDRAP News) – A federal vaccine advisory group meeting in Washington, DC, today unveiled a new national vaccination strategy for the next decade and reviewed the latest information on influenza vaccination in the first year of a new universal recommendation.

Nov 10, 2010

Nov 10, 2010

Pandemic report warns against 'flu fatigue,' complacency

(CIDRAP News) – A review of several after-action pandemic assessments released today shows that earlier investments in emergency preparedness were helpful, but serious gaps such as low flu vaccination rates in minority groups and continued erosion of public health infrastructure could undermine response to the next national health emergency.

Apr 20, 2010

Apr 20, 2010

Early antivirals mean fewer ICU visits for pregnant pandemic flu patients

(CIDRAP News) – In the biggest and most detailed look yet at pandemic flu infections in pregnant women, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that early antiviral treatment was linked to fewer intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and that severe illnesses and deaths are more likely to occur during the third trimester.

Feb 09, 2010

Feb 09, 2010

Major review of biodefense measures to start soon

(CIDRAP News) – A comprehensive review of the nation's tools for reducing the impact of a biological weapons attack or other public health emergency—prompted in part by last fall's delays in delivery of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine—is due to get under way in the next few weeks with a pair of conferences.

Dec 22, 2009

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.

Sep 10, 2009

Sep 10, 2009

Experts push hard for early seasonal flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Today was the 12th year the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has held a press conference to discuss its expectations for the upcoming flu season, but discussions were far from routine, reflecting uncertainty surrounding the pandemic flu strain and the complexity of launching two vaccine campaigns.

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