Latest Flu pandemic vaccine Stories

2009-10-30 15:25:00

World Health Organization officials on Friday announced that one dose of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is all that is needed to ensure immunity against the virus. The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization devoted a session of its October 27-29 meeting to pandemic influenza vaccines. "Items on the agenda included the status of vaccine availability, results from clinical trials on vaccine immunogenicity, and early results from safety monitoring in countries where...

2009-10-29 11:20:00

One U.S. official said Wednesday that the United States will not donate swine flu vaccines to poor countries until at-risk Americans have been inoculated against H1N1, AFP reported. U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that as more vaccine becomes available, evaluation would be made as to when it's appropriate for donation to begin. "At this point the priority is getting the vaccine to citizens in this country, and that's what we're working on 24/7," she said. Sebelius said it had...

2009-10-28 12:50:00

Unused supplies of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine may end up being trashed if people cannot get access to it soon enough, the CDC director said Tuesday. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden said 22.4 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been made publicly available. "It's quite likely that too little vaccine is one of the things that's making people more interested in getting vaccinated, frankly," said Frieden. "We think it will get easier to find vaccine in the...

2009-10-27 06:25:00

On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured that, despite delays, there would eventually be enough swine flu vaccine for everyone. "The vaccine is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line," she promised, while acknowledging the difficulty in making the supply meet the demand. "We were relying on the manufacturers to give us their numbers and as soon as we got numbers we put them out to the public. It does appear now that those numbers were...

2009-10-22 14:09:00

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Once supply catches up with the immediate demand for H1N1 "swine" flu vaccine, some allergy patients who could benefit from the vaccine may needlessly avoid it due to confusion over who should, and should not, be vaccinated, cautions Dr. Peter R. Smith, a board-certified allergist and clinical immunologist with Allergy Partners of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dr. Smith also serves as a physician adviser of the Planning District 16 School Health...

2009-10-22 11:21:32

New study highlights need to educate high-risk patients Two in five at-risk American adults who would benefit from vaccination against seasonal flu are missing out on the protective shots because they believe they do not need them and are not inclined to be vaccinated. And among those who say they do intend to take up the vaccine, nearly half get around to it, according to Dr. Katharine Harris from the RAND Corporation* in Arlington, USA, and her team. Their work (1) shows that asking simple...

2009-10-20 06:10:00

Amidst mounting indications that flu deaths may be reaching epidemic proportions in many states, US health officials state that deliveries of swine flu vaccine may take longer than expected. According to Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the news comes as eleven more children were added to last week's death toll, 10 of which have been confirmed in lab tests to have been from the H1N1 influenza strain. Schuchat also noted that 86 US children have died...

2009-10-17 07:40:00

Eleven more U.S. children died from H1N1 swine flu during the past week, a federal health official said Friday, adding that the disease is now so widespread it has surpassed epidemic proportions. Of the 86 children who have died since the new swine flu arose last spring, 43 deaths have been reported in September and early October alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. During the past three years, deaths among children from the regular flu ranged from 46 to 88...

2009-10-16 11:00:00

SAYRE, Pa., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sayre Area School District in Bradford County today became the first Pennsylvania school district to begin administering Novel H1N1 influenza vaccine to its student population, the Department of Health announced. The department also reminded all parents that immunizations play a significant role in keeping children healthy. "The H1N1 virus is disproportionately affecting school-aged children, with almost two-thirds of all cases in...

2009-10-15 07:03:00

ATLANTA, Oct.15 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, influenza causes illness, hospitalizations and deaths, and severely strains the health care delivery system. This year, seasonal flu is complicated by the emergence and rapid spread of the H1N1 virus. In an effort to ensure that individuals and their families can take the appropriate actions to help protect themselves against the H1N1 virus, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) will cover the administration of the H1N1 vaccine without...

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