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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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2009-08-11 13:40:00

Experimental swine flu shots are making their way to hundreds of Americans in eight cities in the race to get a vaccine out before a potentially new strain of the flu virus regains strength this fall and winter, The Associated Press reported. Researchers at the government-funded testing site at Saint Louis University have been working late nights and weekends to organize the studies and recruit volunteers, according to lead scientist Sharon Frey. "Typically it takes a year to do this. I can...

2009-08-11 09:40:44

Britain's first swine flu vaccine trials, led by the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, are taking place at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.Dr Iain Stephenson, a consultant in infectious diseases at the hospital and clinical senior lecturer at the University, has been carrying out research into swine flu and has published academic papers on the subject.Now he is working with 175 volunteers, aged 18-50, as part of research to develop a vaccine against the...

2009-08-09 23:01:23

The United States and other Northern Hemisphere countries are racing to get ready for a second wave of H1N1 flu virus that could be weeks away, officials said. The pandemic that has spread in the Southern Hemisphere, which is currently in mid-winter, has struck especially harshly in the poorest parts of the world, international health officials told The Washington Post. A second wave of the first influenza pandemic in 41 years could reach the Northern Hemisphere within weeks, U.S. and...

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2009-08-06 13:40:00

The World Health Organization stated on Thursday that the procedures being implemented to speed approvals of the new vaccines for the swine flu do not reduce safety. According to the WHO, vaccines have to be readily accessible and available in large amounts to have the greatest impact. "The public needs to be reassured that regulatory procedures in place for the licensing of pandemic vaccines, including procedures for expediting regulatory approval, are rigorous and do not compromise safety...

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2009-07-31 09:09:43

Maryland-based Medimmune pharmaceuticals expects to produce nearly five times the amount of H1N1 vaccine originally anticipated, its executives said. Medimmune, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca, expects to make 200 million doses by March, so many doses it will run out of nasal spray devices and may have to use nose droppers, Bernardus N.M. Machielse, Medimmune's executive vice president for operations told The New York Times. Medimmune is of the five companies under contract to the U.S. government...

2009-07-29 17:37:34

U.S. health experts said Wednesday that first responders, healthcare workers and those most at risk would be first in line for a H1N1 flu vaccine. At a meeting of the 14-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the committee determined that those with the highest risk of complications for H1N1 flu are pregnant women; people caring for infants under 6 months; children and young adults from 6 months-24 years;...

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2009-07-26 13:57:37

Many European governments say that they will fast-track the testing of a new swine flu vaccine in an attempt to vaccinate people before winter, although some experts say they are concerned about risking safety and giving proper vaccine doses. The European Medicines Agency is accelerating the approval process for the swine flu vaccine. Countries like Britain, Greece, France and Sweden all say that they will start using the vaccine once it is given approval, which could happen within weeks....

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2009-07-23 06:40:00

US officials are looking to launch clinical trials of a swine flu vaccine before the winter flu season begins. "With the emergence of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, we have undertaken a collaborative and efficient process of vaccine development that is proceeding in stepwise fashion," said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The United States has been hit the hardest by the A(H1N1) virus, with over 40,600 cases and 263 deaths. The Centers for...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.