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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...

2010-09-07 10:35:00

LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than twenty years, Giant Food of Landover, Md. has provided seasonal flu shots as part of its Health & Wellness initiative in a continuing effort to best meet the needs of its customers during cough and cold season. This year, Giant will offer seasonal influenza immunizations in the pharmacy department beginning today, Tuesday, September 7, and as long as quantities associated with this program are available. "As part of our continued...

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2010-08-01 08:15:00

The US flu vaccine market is seeing one of its earliest starts in distribution, as two flu vaccine makers announced Friday they had started shipping supplies. Reuters reports that Sanofi Aventis is shipping 70 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine, while GlaxoSmithKline is shipping 30 million doses of FluLaval vaccine and Fluarix combined. The 70 million doses for Sanofi Aventis are the company's largest production run ever. Sanofi said in a statement that the company this year will also be...

2010-04-29 17:30:00

CDC Report Shows Increase in Seasonal Flu Vaccinations, Greatest Increase among Children ATLANTA, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More Americans were vaccinated against seasonal flu during the 2009-10 season (40 percent of eligible population) than during the previous flu season (33 percent of eligible population), according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The greatest gain in vaccination rates was in children 6 months to 17 years. About 40 percent of...

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2010-04-16 12:45:11

An analysis of hospitalization records for adults age 65 and over found that seasonal flu tends to move in traveling waves, peaking earliest in western states such as Nevada, Utah, and California and working its way east. New England states such as Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire tend to have the latest peak in seasonal flu, according to public health researchers at Tufts University in Boston. The researchers detected patterns between peak timing and intensity of seasonal flu. The...

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2010-02-18 12:35:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended on Thursday that this year's seasonal flu vaccine in the northern hemisphere should include protection against three strains, including the pandemic H1N1 virus. WHO's flu expert Keiji Fukuda said the composition, announced after a four-day meeting of experts, means H1N1 swine flu vaccine still held by drugmakers in bulk form may be used for part of the seasonal flu vaccine mix for autumn/winter 2010/2011. However, some people's reluctance to...

2010-02-01 16:29:32

Current research suggests that pandemic H1N1 influenza of swine origin has distinct means of transmission from the seasonal flu, yet does not result in the pathogenic severity of avian flu viruses. The related report by Chan et al, "Tropism and Innate Host Responses of the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus in ex Vivo and in Vitro Cultures of Human Conjunctiva and Respiratory Tract," appears published online ahead of print in the April 2010 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Pandemic...

2010-01-11 08:28:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The H1N1 (swine) flu virus is still prevalent across the nation, and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the virus, now that the vaccine is widely available. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) National Influenza Vaccination Week, which is January 10-16, serves as an opportunity for people to learn how to prevent the spread of the flu and to encourage people and their loved ones...

2010-01-08 14:03:05

It's not too late to be vaccinated against the seasonal and H1N1 influenza viruses, say experts at Baylor College of Medicine. "The seasonal flu usually picks up a few weeks after school resumes from the winter holidays, so this is an important time to get vaccinated," said Dr. Paul Glezen, professor of molecular virology and microbiology at BCM. H3N2 variant Although the H1N1 virus was more prominent in the last few months, Glezen says that right now, H1N1 activity is slow. Experts are...

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2009-12-12 06:55:00

Approximately 50 million Americans have been infected with swine flu, and the infamous pandemic has resulted in about 10,000 deaths, according to new estimates released by government health officials on Thursday. To break it down, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that about 1 in 6 Americans have had the illness. The numbers reflect the first seven months of the pandemic, from April through mid-November. The latest estimates by far...