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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...

2009-10-12 14:52:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), one of the largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee benefits for small and mid-sized companies, today announced that it will cover 100% of the cost associated with the administration of the H1N1 vaccine for employees and their eligible dependents enrolled in a fully-insured Guardian medical plan. Employees and dependents covered by Guardian will not have to pay any...

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2009-10-12 12:50:00

A World Health Organization official said Monday that about 100 developing countries would receive international donations of swine flu vaccines, maybe as soon as November, AFP reported. Marie-Paule Kieny, who heads the WHO's vaccine research unit, said the director general of WHO will approve a list of countries for the donations. She told journalists the list will include about 100 countries and they are trying to have the first deliveries in November. Pharmaceutical companies and a US-led...

2009-09-30 07:48:54

A majority of Americans would not take an H1N1 flu vaccine or drug additive authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and University of Georgia study. The study, available online Sept. 29 in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, found that fewer than 10 percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to take such a vaccine or drug and nearly 30 percent...

2009-09-29 15:29:00

NORTH HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 29 /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, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will cover the administration of the H1N1 vaccine without...

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2009-09-28 11:45:00

Health authorities are stepping up their tracking methods for the new H1N1 vaccine in order to determine whether or not it is safe. Officials say they realize that with a great number of people being vaccinated next month, some may experience unrelated health problems and report them as side effects of the vaccine. "Every day, bad things happen to people. When you vaccinate a lot of people in a short period of time, some of those things are going to happen to some people by chance alone," Dr....

2009-09-25 12:47:23

Washington state, in preparation for H1N1 vaccinations, says it is lifting limits on mercury in vaccines given to pregnant woman and children under age 3. The mercury is in a vaccine preservative called thimerosal, which has been eliminated from most vaccines in the United States but is being used in most of the H1N1 vaccine to be distributed beginning in October, The Seattle Times reported Friday. Thimerosal has not been connected to health problems, but a vocal minority who believe it could...

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2009-09-22 10:45:00

The head of the World Health Organization announced on Monday that the swine flu has not transformed into a more hazardous disease. The number of swine flu cases is anticipated to grow as winter approaches, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan stated at the organization's yearly meeting in Hong Kong. "The virus can mutate any time. But from April to now, we can see from the data given to us by laboratories worldwide that the virus is still very similar (to the previous state)," Chan said to...


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