Latest Swine flu outbreak Stories

2013-06-20 23:19:23

Influenza vaccine reduced disease outcomes by up to 18.5 percent, study estimates Approximately 13 million illnesses and over 110,00 hospitalizations may have been averted by the flu vaccine over the last 6 years in the U.S, according to calculations published June 19 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Deliana Kostova and colleagues from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers calculated the healthcare burden of flu cases that would have occurred in 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...

2010-07-03 08:30:00

A World Health Organization probe into the international handling of the swine flu pandemic has seen difficulty in getting a reasonable view of what happened, according to the head of the probe on Friday. "The challenge is to believe what is true without getting distracted by the vast diversity of opinions," said Harvey Fineberg, chairman of the review committee of external experts formed in April. The panel ended its second three-day public hearing on Friday after hearing from national...

2010-01-11 14:39:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health vaccinated 49,078 Pennsylvanians at 33 H1N1 flu clinics held across the state on Jan. 8 and 9. The department urges anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get immunized. "It's still important for people to get vaccinated even though flu activity is currently very low," said Health Secretary Everette James. "It is likely that we will have a third wave of H1N1 flu, so it is vital for people to protect themselves...

2010-01-04 14:46:00

Appointments Still Available for Vaccination Clinics on Jan. 8 & 9 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- All Pennsylvanians are urged to take advantage of the increasing supply of H1N1 vaccine by getting immunized at the upcoming vaccination clinics being offered by the Department of Health. "Although flu activity is currently declining in the state, experts predict there will be a third wave of illness from H1N1," said Secretary of Health Everette James. "The clinics...

2009-12-23 06:25:00

Despite the fact that at least 60 million Americans have been vaccinated against the swine flu, a number of people are still skeptical about the safety of the swine flu vaccine and hesitant to have their children inoculated, researchers said on Tuesday. A poll was taken last week of 1,637 people aged 18 and older, after 100 million vaccine doses became available, reported Reuters. Around 60 percent of parents polled said they intend to have their children vaccinated and 79 percent of adults...

2009-11-19 13:10:00

Radical measures, such as quarantines, are not likely to contain the H1N1 swine flu from infecting larger numbers of the world's population, experts said Thursday. China first announced that its drastic measures had been successful in suppressing the virus, however it now admits that the outbreak is larger than official numbers reveal. The nation has reported an official tally of almost 70,000 reported cases of the H1N1 influenza, with 53 deaths. In the US, millions have been reported ill...

2009-10-24 06:35:00

The World Health Organization said on Friday that around 5,000 people have reportedly died from the swine flu since it emerged earlier this year. The figure is considered an underestimate because most countries have stopped keeping count of individual swine flu cases. The infection rate is lower in most European countries, but in Britain, Belgium, Holland and Norway the number of cases is very high. WHO said Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago along with Iceland had their first swine flu death this...

2009-09-11 09:54:23

Personal view: Should I have an H1N1 flu vaccination after Guillain-Barr© syndrome? A doctor who developed Guillain-Barr© syndrome will consider having the swine flu jab when she returns to work this autumn, despite claims that the vaccine is linked to an increased risk of the disease. Laura Claire Price, a specialist in respiratory and intensive care medicine, examines the reasons why the vaccine might cause the syndrome, reviews the current evidence, and concludes that she will...

2009-07-09 13:45:59

Pending results from upcoming studies, the Obama administration says vaccinations against swine flu are likely and will probably begin in mid-October, The Associated Press reported. While no final decision has been made, school-age children, young adults with conditions such as asthma, pregnant women and health workers will likely be among those who are first vaccinated, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Once results from new vaccine studies set to start in...

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