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Last Flu Season Saw 115 Deaths In Children And Teens
2011-09-16 08:46:57

  Flu shots for children as young as six months old are being recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “It´s vital that children get vaccinated,” Dr. Lyn Finelli, chief of the CDC´s Surveillance and Outbreak Response Team said in a statement to Reuters. Health officials claim that while childhood deaths from the flu are extremely rare, a current influenza vaccination would have likely saved the lives of these children. 115...

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2011-08-22 20:39:39

A new study says that swine flu infections could trigger a rare sleeping disorder. The new study claims that rates of narcolepsy peak five to seven months after the highest levels of H1N1 infections and colds. The new research goes against some concerns that Pandemrix caused sleeping disorders in children in Finland. Researchers from Stanford medicine school in California said their study suggests that restrictions on the vaccine could actually lead to higher rates of infection....

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2011-07-15 07:45:00

The United Nations' World Health Organization said on Thursday that worldwide production of seasonal flu vaccine is expected to double to 1.7 billion doses by 2015, with eleven new manufacturers ramping up in developing nations, Reuters reports. Furthermore, in the event of a new influenza pandemic, a projected 37 vaccine makers could potentially triple their annual production of trivalent seasonal vaccine to produce some 5.4 billion doses, the U.N. agency said. However, experts say the...

2011-07-13 13:19:53

Research: Guillain-Barre syndrome and adjuvanted pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 vaccine: Multinational case-control study in Europe Adjuvanted vaccines used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic did not increase the risk of Guillain-Barr© syndrome substantially, if at all, finds a large Europe-wide study published on bmj.com today. An adjuvant is a substance added to a vaccine to stimulate the immune system to respond to the vaccine. The study provides reassurance about potential risks of...

2011-04-29 13:36:24

Vaccination is safe and lowers risk of organ loss and death Getting vaccinated against the flu lowers kidney transplant recipients' risk of organ loss and death, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The results suggest that concerns about the safety of the influenza vaccine in transplant recipients are unwarranted. Influenza can cause severe illness and even death in some individuals. Organ transplant...

2011-04-29 01:29:45

A study of H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccination in a sample of black and Hispanic children in Atlanta found a low rate of vaccine acceptance among parents and caregivers. Only 36 percent of parents and caregivers indicated they would immunize children against H1N1, and 22 percent indicated their children received the seasonal influenza vaccine in the previous three months. The majority of children in the sample (71 percent) were from households with less than $40,000 in annual income....

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2011-02-08 14:49:32

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that twelve countries have reported suspected cases of narcolepsy linked to swine flu vaccinations. The WHO said in a statement that such sleep disorders had not been seen with vaccines in the past, and were more frequent in Sweden, Finland and Iceland than in other countries. However, spokeswoman Alison Brunier said that the U.N. health agency decided to keep its advice in favor of vaccination, including with the Pandemrix vaccine...

2011-02-07 14:30:00

S. Portland, Maine, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- While the seasonal flu can be very serious for patients of any age, senior citizens are particularly vulnerable. That's why Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is reminding seniors across the state to get their annual flu and pneumonia vaccinations. "As people age, it becomes more difficult for them to fight illness," says Jeffrey Holmstrom, D.O., medical director, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. "As a result, older...

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2011-02-07 09:15:00

A team of British scientists claim that they have developed a new flu vaccine that could work against all currently identified strains of the ailment, according to a report in the UK newspaper The Guardian on Sunday. The researchers, led by Dr. Sarah Gilbert of Oxford University, have discovered a new technique that targets a different part of the influenza virus than most traditional vaccines. Rather than targeting the external coat of the virus, which is likely to mutate from year to year,...

2011-02-02 16:13:00

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The seasonal flu can be very serious for everybody. So serious, in fact, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that nearly everyone get a flu vaccine. This is particularly true for seniors (adults 65 and older). As people age, it becomes more difficult for them to fight illness. As a result, older adults are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications, including pneumonia, hospitalization and...


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