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2010-01-07 10:56:58

Your best bet? Avoid economy and fly first class, UCLA researchers say Viruses love plane travel. They get to fly around the world inside a closed container while their infected carrier breathes and coughs, spreading pathogens to other passengers, either by direct contact or through the air. And once people deplane, the virus can spread to other geographical areas. Scientists already know that smallpox, measles, tuberculosis, seasonal influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can...

2010-01-05 14:00:00

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy announced today that it has expanded the availability of H1N1 flu vaccine to more than 220 stores throughout the State of California. The vaccine is now available at select CVS/pharmacy locations in the following counties in southern, central and northern California: Alameda Madera Riverside San Joaquin Solano Contra Costa Monterey Sacramento San Mateo Sonoma El Dorado Nevada...

2010-01-04 14:46:00

Appointments Still Available for Vaccination Clinics on Jan. 8 & 9 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- All Pennsylvanians are urged to take advantage of the increasing supply of H1N1 vaccine by getting immunized at the upcoming vaccination clinics being offered by the Department of Health. "Although flu activity is currently declining in the state, experts predict there will be a third wave of illness from H1N1," said Secretary of Health Everette James. "The clinics...

2009-12-28 14:49:00

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy announced today that it will provide H1N1 flu vaccinations at select store locations in Massachusetts, Virginia and Orange County, California beginning Tuesday, December 29. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090129/NE64371LOGO ) Public health officials are now encouraging everyone to get an H1N1 flu vaccine. Massachusetts, Virginia and California are among the many states that have lifted priority group restrictions,...

2009-12-28 14:43:00

Department of Health Urges All Pennsylvanians to Get Vaccinated HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has allocated a total of 4,003,100 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine to Pennsylvania to date, the state Department of Health said today. The vaccine has been distributed to 2,405 certified providers, local health departments, and state health centers. The Department of Health will offer H1N1 vaccination clinics at...

2009-12-24 05:43:00

TOKYO, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Joint research conducted by the Central Research Institute of ITO EN, Ltd. and Professor Takashi Suzuki of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Shizuoka, showed that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), a kind of catechin contained in green tea, had an inhibitory effect against three types of influenza viruses, including the swine-origin H1N1 virus that caused pandemic flu in 2009, and that its effect did not depend on the type of virus. These...

2009-12-22 10:18:00

Appointments may be made at H1N1inPA.com or by phone HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health will offer H1N1 flu vaccination clinics at 33 locations across Pennsylvania on Jan. 8 and 9, and anyone wishing to receive the vaccine is urged to make an appointment to attend. "We are now able to provide H1N1 vaccine to any Pennsylvanian who wants it," said Health Secretary Everette James. "Even though flu activity is currently declining in the state, there...

2009-12-21 06:30:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Duane Reade, the largest drug store chain in New York City, today announced that H1N1 vaccines are now available. As previously announced, Duane Reade pharmacies are providing New Yorkers with the H1N1 vaccine as part of the Company's commitment to servicing the health and wellness needs of the City's residents. Starting today, H1N1 flu shot clinics are set up at five Duane Reade locations in high traffic areas in Manhattan where the H1N1 vaccine...

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2009-12-16 06:03:39

Government health officials say that over 800,000 swine flu shots for kids have been recalled due to the vaccine losing its potency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the shots were distributed across the country last month and many have already been used. The recalled vaccine was for ages 6 months to 3 years. CDC flu expert Dr. Anne Schuchat says parents don't need to stress about if their children got one, or even two, of these recalled shots. "The vaccine is...

2009-12-15 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The seventh annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report, released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), found that the H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies and that the economic crisis is straining an already fragile public health system. The report...


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