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2008-09-25 14:30:00

Flu shot season officially began on Wednesday, and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is urging a record number of Americans to be inoculated.With the exception of infants or healthy adult hermits, just about everyone needs the vaccine, the agency said.  However, far too few of those who most need protection actually get the vaccine.   This year, the agency aims to inoculate 30 million more school-age children than ever before targeted."Get out there and get...

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2008-09-18 09:10:00

Newborns can be protected from seasonal flu when their mothers are vaccinated during pregnancy, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers observed a 63 percent reduction in proven influenza illness among infants born to vaccinated mothers while the number of serious respiratory illnesses to both mothers and infants dropped by 36 percent. The study is the first to demonstrate that the inactivated influenza vaccine provides...

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2007-09-25 12:00:00

SEATTLE -- The benefits of flu shots for elderly people have been greatly exaggerated, according to researchers at Seattle's Group Health Center for Health Studies and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Even so, the elderly should continue to get vaccinated against influenza because "even a partly effective vaccine would be better than no vaccine at all," researchers wrote in the report, published Monday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Many countries, including the...

2006-06-29 07:45:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - European countries are facing delays and possible shortages in supplies of seasonal influenza vaccine because of problems growing a strain of virus, a British health official said on Thursday. Dr David Salisbury, director of immunization at the Department of Health, said it may take longer to get the vaccine and Britain may not get all the 15.2 million doses it requested. "It is prudent to take a view that the delay could lead to less vaccine being...

2006-03-02 16:39:06

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials issued guidelines on Thursday to speed development of new vaccines to fight seasonal influenza as well as a feared avian flu pandemic that could circle the globe quickly. The recommendations aim to encourage more companies to develop flu vaccines and to use new technologies that could shorten the time it takes to make vaccines once a new flu strain is identified, officials said. The guidelines from the Food and Drug...

2006-02-22 14:30:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All children under 5 and older than 6 months should be vaccinated against influenza, a panel of U.S. vaccine advisers said on Wednesday. The unanimous vote by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's immunization advisory committee in Atlanta delighted pediatricians and infectious disease specialists, who have been pressing for universal flu vaccination standards. "Starting with the next influenza season we will...

2006-02-13 19:15:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said on Monday he is ready to make use of a special measure to grant vaccine makers immunity from liability from lawsuits over pandemic flu vaccines. Leavitt was given this power in controversial last-minute legislation passed by Congress in December as part of the U.S. defense budget. The measure is aimed at encouraging vaccine makers to get back into the American market. Leavitt...

2005-11-22 06:47:12

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain ordered doctors on Tuesday to restrict influenza vaccinations to people aged over 65 and other vulnerable groups as fears over bird flu sparked a run on its emergency reserve. The Department of Health told family doctors it had ordered extra supplies and was negotiating for more but might not get them because of increased international demand for flu vaccine. "People are obviously anxious about pandemic flu and avian flu," a Department of...

2005-11-22 06:34:57

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain ordered doctors on Tuesday to restrict influenza vaccinations to people aged over 65 and other vulnerable groups as fears over bird flu sparked a run on its emergency reserve. The Department of Health told family doctors it had ordered extra supplies and was negotiating for more but might not get them because of increased international demand for flu vaccine. "People are obviously anxious about pandemic flu and avian flu," a Department of...

2005-09-30 19:14:15

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are investigating if a Sanofi-Aventis meningitis vaccine may have caused five cases of a rare neurological disorder that can paralyze its victims, the government announced on Friday. The patients -- all 17 or 18 years old -- developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS, after receiving Sanofi's Menactra vaccine, which was approved for sale in January. All are recovering or have recovered, officials said. The cases under...