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2009-07-17 08:10:15

Canada's chief medical officer says the country is uniquely poised to have a surplus of H1N1 flu vaccines by the fall because of years of planning. In an interview with the Globe and Mail in Ottawa, Dr. David Butler-Jones said deals struck with drug companies ensure the vaccines will be manufactured in Canada and a surplus was expected. Three or four years ago, we could fill about eight million doses a month, he told the newspaper. Now it's up closer to 14 million. So, within a couple of...

2009-07-16 22:40:05

A majority of Americans think widespread H1N1 flu, with many getting very sick this fall or winter, is somewhat or very likely, a U.S. survey indicates. However, the survey by the Harvard Opinion Research Program at Harvard School of Public Health says even though 60 percent of those asked said they believe a serious outbreak is likely, 61 percent of Americans are not concerned that they or their family members will get sick from influenza A H1N1 in the next year. The recent outbreak of H1N1...

2009-07-16 20:55:10

Viruses in past pandemics needed some six months to spread as widely as the H1N1 virus spread in six weeks, the World Health Organization in Switzerland said. The H1N1 influenza pandemic has spread internationally with unprecedented speed and the increasing number of cases in many countries with sustained community transmission is making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for countries to try to confirm cases through laboratory testing, WHO officials said. The counting of individual...

2009-07-16 11:16:20

As part of a series about Americans' response to the H1N1 flu outbreak, the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health is releasing a national poll that focuses on Americans' views and concerns about the potential for a more severe outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) in the fall or winter. The polling was done June 22-28, 2009.Likelihood of Serious OutbreakApproximately six in ten Americans (59%) believe it is very or somewhat likely that there will be widespread cases...

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2009-07-10 20:05:57

U.S. officials Friday announced $350 million in grants to help states and territories prepare for H1N1 flu virus this fall. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the grants were funded by the recent supplemental appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. A total of $260 million in Public Health Emergency Response Grants and $90 million in Hospital Preparedness grants will be distributed nationwide, Sebelius said. Public Health...

2009-07-10 12:41:52

U.S. influenza A H1N1 activity decreased during the week of June 28-July 4, but there were local or regional outbreaks, health officials said Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta's weekly influenza report said 1,505, or 26 percent, of specimens tested by the World Health Organization and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System collaborating laboratories were positive for influenza. The influenza surveillance systems indicate that overall...

2009-07-07 14:05:46

The recent global swine flu outbreak has underscored the critical need for good surveillance and rapid access to epidemiological data. The US military, starting with early monitoring efforts in the 1970s, has developed a broad-based influenza monitoring system. In an article published in the September 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers describe this little-known national jewel that has repeatedly made notable contributions to global influenza control...

2009-07-07 12:05:16

State and local health departments get mixed marks for efforts to convey information about the H1N1 virus to the public using their Web sites immediately after U.S. officials declared a public health emergency in April, according to a new RAND Corporation study.While 46 of 50 state health departments posted some information about the outbreak within 24 hours of the federal announcement, the performance of local health departments was inconsistent. Just one-third of the 153 local health...

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2009-07-02 21:43:11

White House officials announced an influenza A H1N1 Preparedness Summit with states to prepare for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of swine flu. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan are scheduled to host an all-day H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit July 9 with states, to prepare for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu in the fall or...

2009-06-18 15:08:00

"Inside Government" Also to Feature "Nixonland" Author WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent swine flu outbreak at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, Fla. will be addressed this week on AFGE's "Inside Government" radio show. The show will air on Friday, June 19 at 10 a.m. EDT nationwide on Federal News Radio at www.federalnewsradio.com and 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C., area. Matthew Brooks, president of AFGE Local 527, which represents U.S. Immigration and...


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