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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,...

2009-09-11 09:54:23

Personal view: Should I have an H1N1 flu vaccination after Guillain-Barr© syndrome? A doctor who developed Guillain-Barr© syndrome will consider having the swine flu jab when she returns to work this autumn, despite claims that the vaccine is linked to an increased risk of the disease. Laura Claire Price, a specialist in respiratory and intensive care medicine, examines the reasons why the vaccine might cause the syndrome, reviews the current evidence, and concludes that she will...

2009-09-09 07:30:00

BERWYN, Pa., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Encorium Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENCO), a full-service multinational contract research organization (CRO) that provides design, development, and management capabilities for clinical trials and patient registries to many of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, today announced the signing of approximately $8.7 million of new business contracts, including selection by a major pharmaceutical company for participation in a swine flu vaccine...

2009-09-03 10:13:02

Pilot Leicester study suggests one dose of vaccine may be sufficient Results from the first swine-flu vaccine trials taking place in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose. The pilot study, run by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals, was trialed with 100 healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 50. Dr Iain Stephenson, who led the trial at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, said: "The clinical trial of Novartis MF59-adjuvanted cell-based A (H1N1) vaccine...

2009-08-23 07:48:52

Officials are predicting a shortage of H1N1 vaccine in mid-October when a new wave of swine flu infections could be peaking in the United States. Just a third of the vaccine needed is likely to be ready by then as government health officials mobilize to vaccinate at least half of the country's population, The Washington Post reported Sunday. This is potentially the largest mass vaccination program in human history, said Howard Markel, a medical history expert at the University of Michigan who...

2009-08-19 10:18:48

The U.S. subsidiary of a British drug company is signing up volunteers for clinical trials of its swine flu vaccine, the company says. MedImmune plans to run two U.S. vaccine trials simultaneously, one on children ages 3 to 17 and another for adults 18-49, Washington Business Journal reported Wednesday. If everything works well, we are expected to have our first doses ready by the end of October, said Perla Copernik, a spokeswoman for MedImmune, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC in London....

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2009-08-18 12:34:44

A federal official said on Monday that the U.S. would not have nearly as much swine flu vaccines ready by mid-October as predicted, The Associated Press reported. Health and Human Services spokesman Bill Hall said they would have around 45 million doses instead of the anticipated 120 million, but he stressed that it was only a delay and not a shortage. "More will arrive rapidly after that, with about 20 million more doses being shipped weekly until the government reaches the full 195 million...

2009-08-18 11:30:00

OAK BROOK, Ill., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Joint Commission Resources (JCR) today announced the results of the first-ever Flu Vaccination Challenge, a program launched just prior to the 2008/2009 flu season to help increase flu vaccination among health care workers. During the program's inaugural year, JCR challenged hospitals across the country to achieve a seasonal flu vaccination rate of 43 percent or higher among their staff. The goal was based on results from a 2005/2006 national...

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2009-08-15 07:53:43

On Friday, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, the drugmaker of a new swine flu vaccine, said that it has started to test the vaccine in humans. Glaxo said it is planning 16 clinical trials of its swine flu vaccine in over 9,000 people in Europe and North America.  The company expects to see results in September from its first trial in Germany.  The data will be shared with drug regulators so they will be able to decide whether to license the vaccine or not. The U.S. and Europe both have...


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