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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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2009-09-19 07:40:00

The first round of swine flu vaccinations may be administered with a needle-free nasal spray version, government health officials said Friday. The government has said that approximately 3.4 million doses of the vaccine will be made available in early October, and it now looks like they will all be in nasal spray form. The nasal vaccine has only been approved for those between 2 and 49 years of age who are in good health, said Dr. Jay Butler, who heads the Centers for Disease Control and...

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2009-09-18 06:15:00

Kids are now jumping in front of seniors for the swine flu vaccine, since the elderly appear to have a greater immunity to the virus. "I don't worry about getting it," 89-year-old Robert Goodman, a Boca Raton retiree, told the Associated Press. "At this age, who the hell cares? You take it as it comes." In Florida, a place that approximately 3.2 million seniors 65 and older call home, seniors seem to have finally been spared by the new flu virus that is quickly spreading among the...

2009-09-17 16:56:47

The United States is prepared to make 10 percent of its H1N1 vaccine supply available to other countries, an announcement by the White House said Thursday. In recognition that diseases know no borders and that the health of the American people is inseparable from the health of people around the world, the United States is taking this action in concert with Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, the White House statement said. The United...

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2009-09-15 09:34:00

Nearly 50 percent of U.S. healthcare workers have decided against flu shots, said officials concerned about seasonal flu and a renewed outbreak of H1N1. Doctors and nurses are most likely to get vaccinated while less likely are workers such as lab technicians, orderlies and housekeepers, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said. Nursing home workers are the least likely to get flu shots, the center said. In a patient-care sort of setting, this is a big, big safety issue,...


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