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Feb 02, 2011

Feb 02, 2011

Study traces variation in pandemic school closures

(CIDRAP News) – A study that put school closures during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic under the microscope says that jurisdictions varied in their reasons for shuttering schools and that officials often were uncertain about who had authority to make the decision and what federal guidance was in place.

Aug 10, 2010

Aug 10, 2010

WHO says H1N1 pandemic is over

Note: Substantial material was added to this article at 6:15 p.m. US Central Time on the WHO's pandemic response and the role of public health going forward.

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity has returned to typical seasonal patterns and many people have immunity to the virus.

Apr 23, 2010

Apr 23, 2010

H1N1 LESSONS LEARNED Pandemic underscored influenza's unpredictability

Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of articles reviewing the world's experience with pandemic H1N1 influenza and what we've learned in the past year. Look for further installments in the days to come.

(CIDRAP News) – A year's experience with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus has underscored the endless unpredictability of flu.

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.

Mar 24, 2010

Mar 24, 2010

As H1N1 vaccinations taper, CDC lists changes in distribution

(CIDRAP News) – With the H1N1 vaccination program winding down, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced distribution system changes that will result in slower vaccine deliveries starting Apr 1.

Feb 16, 2010

Feb 16, 2010

Study links pandemic spread to gaps in paid sick leave

(CIDRAP News) – Employees without paid sick days were more likely to work when they were sick during the peak of the fall pandemic wave and may have extended the outbreak by infecting their coworkers, according to a research group.

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.

Jan 15, 2010

Jan 15, 2010

CDC finds pandemic vaccination gaps in risk groups, health workers

(CIDRAP News) – During a week federal officials set aside to push flu immunization, a new report today reveals that pandemic vaccine uptake is low in two of the top priority groups—those with chronic conditions and healthcare workers.

The report outlining the challenges public health officials face in vaccinating target groups came as federal officials released their latest estimates of pandemic flu cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Jan 13, 2010

Jan 13, 2010

Health officials, experts reject 'false pandemic' charges

(CIDRAP News) – Leading public health officials and experts have sharply rejected charges from some European officials that pharmaceutical companies used exaggerated claims about the H1N1 pandemic threat to scare governments into buying unnecessary stockpiles of vaccines.

Jan 12, 2010

Jan 12, 2010

Experts press for better H1N1 vaccine uptake in risk groups

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials and representatives from some of the nation's biggest health advocacy groups today teamed up to push the importance of pandemic H1N1 vaccination for people who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and cancer.

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