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Sep 09, 2002

Sep 09, 2002

Anthrax decontamination workers should get vaccine or antibiotics, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Workers who decontaminate buildings tainted with anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) spores should be vaccinated against the disease or receive preventive antibiotic treatment, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Feb 19, 2003

Feb 19, 2003

CDC to take second look at safety needle for smallpox shots

(CIDRAP News) – Although federal health officials have not endorsed the use of an available safety needle in the current smallpox vaccination program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to take a careful look at the needle to determine if it should be used in the future, a CDC official says.

Nov 15, 2006

Nov 15, 2006

OSHA updates guidance on avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor yesterday released revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance to help employers protect their workers from job-related exposure to H5N1 avian influenza.

Feb 08, 2007

Feb 08, 2007

New OSHA guidance targets pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor (DOL) has introduced workplace health guidelines to help businesses understand their pandemic influenza risks and what they need to do to prepare.

May 09, 2007

May 09, 2007

FDA lists 2 respirators as offering disease protection

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday cleared the way for two N-95 respirator models to be marketed as devices that can reduce a user's risk of becoming ill during an influenza pandemic or other public health emergency.

May 21, 2007

May 21, 2007

OSHA releases pandemic flu guidance for healthcare workers

(CIDRAP News) – Experts predict that an influenza pandemic will place a long and heavy burden on the medical community, which prompted the US Department of Labor (DOL) to develop guidance for healthcare worker safety that it released today at a press conference.

Nov 17, 2008

Nov 17, 2008

Study questions value of respirator-fit testing

(CIDRAP News) – A Canadian study raises questions about the value of formal "fit testing" for the respirators worn by healthcare workers to protect them from airborne pathogens, suggesting that it does little good for workers who don't routinely wear the devices.

Aug 12, 2009

Aug 12, 2009

IOM hears diverse findings on PPE for flu

(CIDRAP News) – A task force of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), charged with making recommendations about how to protect healthcare workers against novel H1N1 influenza, today heard a variety of evidence that respirators and masks can shield healthcare workers (HCWs) and others from getting respiratory illnesses.

Sep 03, 2009

Sep 03, 2009

IOM affirms CDC guidance on N95 use in H1N1 setting

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today affirmed existing federal guidance that healthcare workers caring for H1N1 influenza patients should wear fit-tested N95 respirators, not just surgical masks, to protect them from the virus.

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