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Feb 25, 2011

Feb 25, 2011

FDA picks current strains for 2011-12 flu season

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) vaccine advisory group today voted to follow the World Health Organization's (WHO's) lead in keeping the current three strains for 2011-12 seasonal flu vaccine.

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee helps guide pharmaceutical companies that will be making seasonal flu vaccine for the US market.

Feb 24, 2011

Feb 24, 2011

FDA approves preliminary test for norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval of what it calls the first test for preliminary identification of norovirus, intended for use in outbreaks in which there is a likely transmission pathway.

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.

Feb 14, 2011

Feb 14, 2011

Proposed budget trims preparedness funds, boosts FDA

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012, released today, would reduce funds for public health and hospital emergency preparedness while giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a boost for food safety.

Feb 10, 2011

Feb 10, 2011

FDA to add director for foodborne outbreak efforts

(CIDRAP News) – US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials announced this week that they are planning to create a new position that will put one person in charge of dealing with foodborne disease outbreaks and leading a permanent team dedicated to that purpose.

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