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2009-10-31 13:37:58

Lancet paper stresses importance of accounting for background rates of adverse events The effectiveness of pandemic flu vaccination campaigns "“ like that now underway for H1N1 "“ could be undermined by the public incorrectly associating coincidental and unrelated health events with the vaccines. This is the conclusion of a paper published online Oct. 31 by the Lancet and authored by an international team of investigators led by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center....

2009-10-27 11:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (SSD) is partnering with the American Lung Association of California's Faces of Influenza campaign to raise awareness around the seriousness of seasonal influenza and to encourage annual vaccination throughout the Sacramento community. Sacramento County Sheriff's Captain and local "face" of influenza Scott Jones will roll up his sleeves at SSD's seasonal influenza vaccination clinic today with hopes that...

2009-10-27 06:00:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Acknowledging the critical role of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in ensuring the safety and efficacy of H1N1 vaccinations, Carefx Corporation, a leading provider of interoperable workflow solutions to advance the quality and safety of patient care, today announced that Boston Medical Center (BMC) has deployed the Fusionfx Immunization Management portal designed to enter and track H1N1 vaccination administration history...

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2009-10-22 06:40:00

Officials said Wednesday that childhood immunization rates reached an all-time high last year, but tens of millions of children in the world's poorest countries still missed out on life-saving vaccines. The World Health Organization, the World Bank and the UN children's fund UNICEF published a report that praised the fact that a record 106 million vaccinations had been carried out in 2008. However, they said 24 million children in 72 of the world's poorest countries had still been deprived...

2009-10-19 08:15:00

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Novel H1N1 influenza has raised parents' awareness and concern about seasonal influenza, increasing the likelihood that they will get their children vaccinated compared to past years, according to a recent national survey commissioned by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Yet, while mothers view seasonal flu vaccine as safe and effective, significant barriers remain, causing some to leave their children unprotected. Based...

2009-10-15 09:00:00

DENVER, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Health experts recommend annual influenza vaccination for nearly 250 million people in the U.S. Despite this recommendation, influenza immunization rates fall far short every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 28,842 to 115,368 Denver residents will suffer from influenza in an average year. To encourage local immunization, the American Lung Association in Colorado (ALAC) is hosting a vaccination...

2009-10-13 08:22:00

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In the spirit of "healthy competition," the American Lung Association in Minnesota is teaming up with the Minneapolis and St. Paul Fire Departments to raise awareness about the seriousness of seasonal influenza and the importance of vaccination this year. Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Jackson and St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler will initiate an influenza vaccination "challenge" to get as many employees and firefighters immunized...

2009-10-08 10:00:00

TAMPA, Fla. and ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Rick Baker and members of St. Petersburg City Council are partnering with the American Lung Association in Florida Gulfcoast area on its Faces of Influenza educational initiative to kick off the 2009-2010 influenza season in Tampa/St. Petersburg. In support of the initiative, Mayor Baker and other City Council members will designate a portion of the October 8 City Council meeting to receive their annual seasonal...

2009-10-02 07:00:00

MIAMI, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association of Florida-South Area is kicking off its 2009-2010 Faces of Influenza initiative by conducting a public influenza panel discussion to help Miami area residents understand the seriousness of seasonal influenza and the importance of annual vaccination. The meeting will address the latest flu statistics and benefits of vaccination, especially among high-risk groups. The recent A (H1N1) outbreak is a strong reminder that...

2009-09-29 15:53:00

DALLAS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympic Gold Medalist, "Dancing with the Stars" winner and mother Kristi Yamaguchi visited the Metroplex to help the American Lung Association of the Central States' Faces of Influenza campaign raise awareness about the importance of annual influenza vaccination and help community members prepare for the upcoming flu season. This year, public health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are recommending seasonal...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'