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2009-04-30 08:16:00

Production of a Swine Flu Vaccine in a Few Weeks MERIDEN, Conn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation (PSC), a privately-owned biopharmaceutical company based in Meriden, CT, announced today that stockholders elected a new slate of members to the Company's Board of Directors at the 2009 Annual Meeting, held on April 28, 2009. Those Directors are: Daniel D. Adams, who has been CEO since July 1996, President since 1998 and a Director since May 1996. Mr. Adams also was...

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2009-04-29 10:40:00

Health authorities have not yet pinpointed the type of vaccine they want produced to combat the swine flu, the head of a major vaccine producer said. Chief Executive Officer Christopher Viehbacher at Sanofi-Aventis SA said a targeted vaccine could be available about 15 weeks after the World Health Organization issues instructions for a disease-specific vaccine, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Sanofi manufacturing facilities in the United States and France are already working full...

2008-11-05 00:00:15

Despite vaccines that were poor matches for flu strains in the 2004-05 season, flu shots still were effective in young children, U.S. researchers say. "These years were poor matches and fully vaccinated children were still half as likely to get the flu," Dr. Katherine Eisenberg, a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York who was the study author, said in a statement. "Conservatively, we can estimate that vaccination for flu could prevent...

2008-09-25 21:00:10

WASHINGTON - Just about everybody needs a flu vaccine - unless you're an infant or a healthy adult hermit - but far too few of the Americans who need protection the most get it. That's the message as flu-shot season officially began Wednesday with a call for a record number to be inoculated - including 30 million more school-age children than ever before targeted. "Get out there and get protected and protect others, and for sure protect your children," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director...

2008-09-25 21:00:10

U.S. health officials said a new flu vaccine should protect against the three main flu strains expected to cause illness this year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a record 143 million to 146 million doses of influenza vaccine will be produced for use in the United States during the 2008-2009 influenza season. Several manufacturers began shipping vaccine in August, with most of the vaccine expected to be distributed by the end of November, the CDC said Wednesday on...

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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...


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