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Feb 07, 2013

Feb 07, 2013

Researchers find first US evidence of vaccine-resistant pertussis

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers in other countries have found evidence that circulating strains of Bordetella pertussis have adapted to the acellular vaccine, and researchers today reported similar findings for the first time in US kids, based on genetic analysis of isolates from hospitalized children.

Feb 08, 2012

Feb 08, 2012

NVAC approves recommendations on health worker flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – An advisory group to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today approved a set of voluntary measures designed to boost flu vaccination in healthcare workers.

Feb 07, 2012

Feb 07, 2012

Federal advisors propose steps to boost health worker flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Federal vaccine advisors today unveiled proposed voluntary recommendations for increasing flu vaccination in healthcare workers, sparking strong reactions from employee groups who object to language that stops just short of urging mandatory vaccination.

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.

Jul 27, 2010

Jul 27, 2010

Federal advisors hope to build on H1N1 vaccine safety-monitoring lessons

(CIDRAP News) – Over the next few months, the nation's healthcare providers will shift from giving the pandemic H1N1 vaccine to a seasonal flu vaccine that contains the new virus, which has federal officials grappling with how to transition from a massive vaccine monitoring effort to a likely more routine system for the seasonal version.

Mar 12, 2010

Mar 12, 2010

HHS preparing to handle claims of harm from H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – While the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine seems to be just as safe as seasonal flu vaccines, the federal government has been getting some letters from people saying they plan to seek compensation for injuries caused by the injection, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Feb 04, 2010

Feb 04, 2010

US H1N1 vaccine uptake estimated at 75 million

(CIDRAP News) – A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official estimated today that more than 75 million Americans, or close to 25% of the population, have been vaccinated against the pandemic H1N1 virus.

Nov 02, 2009

Nov 02, 2009

Studies reaffirm 2 vaccine doses in kids, show safety in pregnant women

(CIDRAP News) – Interim clinical trial findings announced today affirm that children younger than 10 need two pandemic H1N1 vaccine doses, and initial findings in pregnant women reveal no safety concerns and a need for only one dose.

Federal officials also detailed the role of an independent panel of experts to review vaccine safety data and released a report outlining the government's vaccine safety monitoring system.

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