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2011-02-18 12:05:00

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With flu season at its peak and the possibility of cases occurring as late as May this year, Kmart is offering $15 flu shots, while supplies last, beginning Feb. 20, 2011 to customers who have yet to be vaccinated. Those who purchase a flu vaccination and are members of the Shop Your Way Rewards(1) program will also earn 15,000 points, which represent a $15 value. While flu shots are often associated with the fall and winter seasons,...

2011-02-09 08:00:00

ATLANTA, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Hygiene Council, a group of leading health and hygiene experts from around the world, convened in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discuss how proper hygiene plays a critical role in preventing the spread of illness and improving health around the world. In particular, the Council focused on topics such as the emergence of antibiotic resistance, the re-emergence of illness-causing pathogens, and...

2010-09-20 07:01:00

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- With flu season just around the corner, Kmart announces that its 2010 annual walk-in flu clinics are now open through Nov. 15. Customers can receive their seasonal flu vaccination for $25, while supplies last, at any of the more than 900 Kmart Pharmacy walk-in flu clinic locations. Flu shots are administered by a trained practitioner and are free for those covered by Medicare Part B. Those who purchase a flu vaccination will also receive a...

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2010-07-20 09:45:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) will continue to monitor the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, a spokesman from the group told Reuters on Tuesday. "There is no EC (emergency committee) this week. We are still monitoring and seeing how the virus behaves in the rest of the southern hemisphere winter," Gregory Hartl of the WHO spokesman told Reuters reporter Stephanie Nebehay. "We're still in phase 6, it is still a pandemic," added Hartl told Nebehay, referencing the organization's six-phase scale...

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2010-06-03 12:55:00

World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan decided on Thursday to maintain a pandemic alert for the swine flu virus after nearly a year of placing the world on alert. The WHO is continuing the alert after scientists advised them to, despite the outbreak's decline.  "Committee members stressed that it remains critical for countries to continue to maintain vigilance concerning the pandemic," the agency said in a statement. "Following the advice of the Emergency Committee, the...

2010-05-24 10:11:00

Clearance will allow continued use of Simplexa Influenza A H1N1 (2009) test SILVER SPRING, Md., May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it has cleared the Simplexa Influenza A H1N1 (2009), a test for the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus in patients with signs and symptoms of respiratory infection. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) Until this clearance, tests for 2009 H1N1 Influenza were only available through an...

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2010-02-11 13:00:00

The World Health Organization's top influenza expert said on Thursday it would convene its emergency committee later this month to examine whether the H1N1 flu pandemic has peaked, Reuters reported. Keiji Fukuda told a news conference they are hoping that the "worst is behind us". The committee, which makes recommendations on the state of a pandemic to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, will decide whether the H1N1 pandemic declared in June had entered a post-peak or transition phase, he...

2009-12-03 09:00:00

BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- To help children better understand the flu, including the H1N1 virus, and how to prevent contracting all forms of influenza, a new animated health education DVD has been released called Molly and the Flu. The DVD was created by the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (ENAHEC), which is part of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program with offices in 40 states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there were eight...

2009-10-16 00:00:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 37 states in the U.S. now report widespread influenza activity - and nearly all influenza cases reported to the health authority are 2009 H1N1, also known as swine flu. However, with the release of a 2009 H1N1 vaccine this week, parents have a new preventative tool to help keep their families safe from illness. Like seasonal flu, 2009 H1N1 spreads through the air via droplets...

2009-10-12 10:43:00

MIAMI, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- AvMed Health Plans announced that it will cover H1N1 flu administration fees for all of its fully insured members. Co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles will not apply for administration of the H1N1 vaccine even if they have a benefit plan that does not include immunizations. "AvMed is committed to the health and well-being of our members and we want to ensure that the H1N1 national emergency vaccination effort goes as smoothly as possible," said Kirk...


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