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Published: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 19:30:00 EDT

 



HHS Boosts National Capacity to Produce Pandemic Flu Vaccine

Mon, 30 Sept 2013 13:00:00 EST

To boost the nation’s ability to manufacture influenza vaccine quickly in a pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today established a fill and finish manufacturing network, which will cover the final steps in the vaccine manufacturing process.



CDC Health Advisory: Variant Influenza Virus (H3N2v) Infections

Fri, 5 July 2013 13:00:00 EST

This Health Alert Network Health Advisory provides an update on H3N2 variant virus (or “H3N2v”) activity and summarizes CDC’s updated H3N2v case definitions and recommendations for H3N2v surveillance for the summer and fall of 2013. It supersedes the last H3N2v-related HAN Health Advisory, HAN 325, which was issued August 3, 2012.



Flu in Pregnancy may Quadruple Child’s Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Tue, 13 May 2013 13:00:00 EST

Pregnant mothers’ exposure to the flu was associated with a nearly fourfold increased risk that their child would develop bipolar disorder in adulthood, in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.



H7N9 Situation and CDC Response Update

Fri, 10 May 2013 11:00:00 EST

Sporadic human cases of infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) continue to be reported in China, but the increase in case counts has fallen off from the month of April, when multiple cases were being reported each day.



New Study by Chinese and CDC Experts Shows H7N9 Illness Uncommon in China

Thu, 9 May 2013 11:00:00 EST

A study by CDC and Chinese public health experts published on May 8, 2013, indicates that human infections with the H7N9 virus remain very rare in China among people seeking medical care for influenza-like illness (ILI).



NIH-Supported Researchers Glean Clues from H7N9 Influenza Genetic Sequences

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:00:00 EST

The novel H7N9 avian influenza virus that has caused illness and death of people in China in recent weeks has characteristics known to cause severe disease in mammals, including people, but it is premature to predict its potential for causing an influenza pandemic, according to researchers in the United States and Japan who evaluated the virus’ genetic sequences.



HHS Awards Contract for Advanced Development of Novel Flu Treatment

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:00:00 EST

A new drug to help address the growing problem of antiviral drug resistance and add to the tools available to fight pandemic and seasonal influenza will be developed under a contract awarded today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



Statement from Assistant Secretary Nicole Lurie on FDA approval of new influenza vaccine manufactured with novel technology

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:00:00 EST

Our nation has reached a landmark in influenza vaccine history with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a new seasonal flu vaccine, called Flublok, made with novel technology.



H1N2 Variant Virus Detected in Minnesota

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 11:00:00 EST

The Minnesota Department of Health has reported detection of 3 infections with an influenza A H1N2 variant (“H1N2v”) virus with the pandemic M gene from the 2009 H1N1 virus.



CDC Reports More Cases, Hospitalizations and Nation’s First H3N2v-Associated Death

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EST

Today, CDC is reporting 12 additional cases of H3N2 variant virus (H3N2v) infection, as well as the first H3N2v-associated death, which was reported by the state of Ohio.



H3N2v Update: New Cases Reported, Limited Person-to-Person Transmission Detected

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EST

Today, 52 additional cases of H3N2v are being reported, bringing the total number of such infections since July 2012 in the United States to 276 across 10 states.



More H3N2v Cases Reported, Still Linked to Pig Exposure

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EST

Today, 71 additional cases of H3N2v are being reported, bringing the total number of such infections since July 2012 in the United States to 224.



FDA Approves Vaccines for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved the 2012-2013 influenza (flu) vaccine formulation for all six manufacturers licensed to produce and distribute the vaccines in the United States.



CDC Reports Cases 18-29 of H3N2v Virus Infection; Continues to Recommend Interim Precautions When Interacting with Pigs

Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EST

This week CDC reports 12 additional human infections with influenza A (H3N2) variant* virus in 3 states.



CDC Reports Cases 14-17 of H3N2v Infection; Shares Advice for Safe Fair-Going

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:00:00 EST

The state of Indiana this week reported the first novel influenza virus outbreak associated with a fair this season. Following reports of ill swine and humans during a fair in Indiana from July 8-14, samples were taken from swine and humans.



First Global Estimates of 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Mortality Released by CDC-Led Collaboration

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:00:00 EST

A study published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases Online First provides the first global estimates of how many people died as a result of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.



HHS Support Results in International Influenza Vaccine Milestone

Thu, 7 Jun 2012 11:00:00 EST

Thailand today became one of the first countries in the world to test an H5N1 avian, or bird, influenza vaccine in a needle-free, nasal spray formulation.



Clinical Trial of HHS-Supported Flu Vaccine Begins in Vietnam

Wed, 9 May 2012 00:00:00 EST

Vietnam has begun a Phase I clinical trial for the first H1N1 influenza vaccine developed entirely in that country.



First H3N2 Variant Virus Infection Reported For 2012

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST

The first human infection with an influenza A H3N2 variant (H3N2v) virus in 2012 has been reported in a child by the state of Utah.



North American Countries Join Forces to Prepare for Pandemics

Mon, 2 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST

A new North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza supports a faster and more coordinated response to influenza pandemics in North America. President Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the plan jointly this week during the North American Leaders Summit as a way to enhance the health and safety of residents of all three nations.



FDA Approves First Quadrivalent Vaccine to Prevent Seasonal Influenza

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:00:00 EST

FluMist Quadrivalent, a vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza in people ages 2 years through 49 years, has been approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FluMist Quadrivalent is the first influenza vaccine to contain four strains of the influenza virus, two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains.



First U.S. Cell-based Flu Vaccine Plant Set for Dedication

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:00:00 EST

The first U.S. facility to use a faster and more flexible technology to make influenza vaccine was dedicated today, as part of an initiative that could provide vaccine supplies sooner in an influenza pandemic. The plant in Holly Springs, N.C., can create vaccine using cultured animal cells instead of the conventional process of using fertilized eggs.



CDC Confirms Two Human Infections with Novel Influenza Viruses

Fri, 9 Dec 2011 11:00:00 EST

CDC has confirmed two cases of human infection with two different novel influenza A viruses in different states. Both patients have fully recovered.



FDA Updated Communication on Use of Jet Injectors with Inactivated Influenza Vaccines

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:00:00 EST

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that health care professionals use a sterile needle and syringe to administer inactivated influenza vaccines.



CDC Issues Initial 2011-2012 Seasonal “FluView” Report: Current Activity is Low; Outlook for Vaccine is Good

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 11:00:00 EST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the initial “FluView” report for the U.S. 2011–2012 flu season with the message that flu activity is currently low, making this the perfect time to get vaccinated. There should be lots of vaccine available, because the supply is projected to set a U.S. record.



Priming with DNA vaccine makes avian flu vaccine work better

Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:00:00 EST

The immune response to an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine was greatly enhanced in healthy adults if they were first primed with a DNA vaccine expressing a gene for a key H5N1 protein, researchers say. Their report describes results from two clinical studies conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.



FDA Clears First Single Use Face Mask for Children

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:00:00 EST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Kimberly-Clark Pediatric/Child Face Mask, designed to be worn in hospitals and health care facilities to help reduce the spread of airborne respiratory tract bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens.



NIH Scientists Find Earliest Known Evidence of 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 11:00:00 EST

Examination of lung tissue and other autopsy material from 68 American soldiers who died of respiratory infections in 1918 has revealed that the influenza virus that eventually killed 50 million people worldwide was circulating in the United States at least four months before the 1918 influenza reached pandemic levels that fall.



CDC Reports Details Influenza Prevention and Treatment for Children and Teens

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:00:00 EST

Although children and teenagers rarely die from flu–related causes, many of the deaths could have been prevented if the children had been vaccinated against the flu, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



FDA Approves Vaccines for the 2011-2012 Influenza Season

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:00:00 EST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine formulation for all six manufacturers licensed to produce and distribute influenza vaccine for the United States.



WHO Landmark Global Agreement on Flu Virus Sharing Improves Global Preparedness for Influenza Pandemics

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:00:00 EST

After a week of negotiations continued through Friday night and into Saturday morning, an open-ended working-group meeting of Member States successfully agreed upon a framework to ensure that in a pandemic, influenza virus samples will be shared with partners who need the information to take steps to protect public health.



U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)Funds Advanced Development of New Influenza Antiviral

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:00:00 EST

A contract has been awarded to develop a long-acting single-dose antiviral drug for use in the United States, the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) announced today.



New Consumer-Focused Immunization Website, www.vaccines.gov

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:00:00 EST

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled an innovative new website to help parents and other consumers learn about the most effective way to protect themselves and their children from infectious diseases and learn about immunization.



Guidance for the Prevention and Control of Influenza in the Peri- and Postpartum Settings

Mon, 7 Mar 2011 11:00:00 EST

Guidance for the Prevention and Control of Influenza in the Peri- and Postpartum Settings



Research Shows Single Change in H1N1 Virus Makes the Virus Bind More Easily to Human Cells and Transmits the Virus More Efficiently in Ferrets

Mon, 2 Mar 2011 11:00:00 EST

The 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus continues to circulate among the human population as the predominant H1N1 subtype.



The World Health Organization (WHO) Recommends Vaccine Composition for the 2011-2012 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season

Tues, 23 Feb 2011 11:00:00 EST

The World Health Organization (WHO) Recommends Vaccine Composition for the 2011-2012 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season



Pandemic Influenza Evaluation and Capacity Review Tools

Mon, 7 Feb 2011 10:00:00 EST

Flu surveillance, laboratory testing and inventory tools for use by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) international partners and collaborating countries.



HHS and Walgreens Announce New Effort Aimed at Addressing Health Disparities in Flu Vaccination

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 18:00:00 EST

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that Walgreens has agreed to donate $10 million in vouchers for free flu shots to 350,000 eligible uninsured and underserved people in 15 markets across the country.



H1N1 Vaccine Safe and Induces Robust Immune Response in People with Asthma

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:00:00 EST

2009 Results of NIH-supported study now available



Presidential Proclamation--National Influenza Vaccination Week

Mon, 7 Dec 2010 9:00:00 EST

Last year, as the world prepared for a pandemic of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, we were reminded of the severity and unpredictability of this serious disease.



A Flu Vaccine that Lasts: NIH Scientists Consider Prospects for a Universal Influenza Vaccine

Mon, 6 Dec 2010 14:00:00 EST

The costly, time-consuming process of making, distributing and administering millions of seasonal flu vaccines would become obsolete if researchers could design a vaccine that confers decades-long protection from any flu virus strain.



National Influenza Vaccination Week to be held December 5-11, 2010

Fri, 3 Dec 2010 14:00:00 EST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set aside the week of December 5-11, 2010 to observe this season's National Influenza Vaccination Week. The week-long emphasis on flu vaccination was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination...



Seasonal Flu and 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women, 2009--10 Flu Season

Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST

Because pregnant women are at increased risk for severe disease associated with influenza infection, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have recommended seasonal influenza vaccination for women while pregnant, regardless of trimester...



NIH Experts Describe Influenza Vaccines of the Future

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST

Efforts to grow the vaccine virus in cells rather than eggs are currently under way and there is consideration of the addition to influenza vaccine of immune-stimulating adjuvants to be used in certain groups of individuals.



Interim Guidance on the Use of Influenza Antiviral Agents During the 2010-2011 Influenza Season

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST

The following guidance on the use of influenza antiviral drugs for the prevention and control of influenza during the 2010-2011 season has been submitted to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and will appear in that publication at a later date.



NIH Scientists Explore 1510 Influenza Pandemic and Lessons Learned

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:50:00 EST

A new commentary by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, explores the 1510 pandemic and what we have learned since then about preventing, controlling and treating influenza.



New Study Re-examines Bacterial Vaccine Studies Conducted During 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Tue, 2 Nov 2010 18:10:00 EDT

Secondary infections with bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia, were a major cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic and may be important in modern pandemics as well.



2010-2011 Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Safety

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 10:00:00 EDT

Questions and answers on the safety of the 2010-2011 flu vaccine, including possible mild reactions.



Seasonal Flu Information for Businesses and Employees

Thu, 8 Oct 2010 10:00:00 EDT

Toolkit and other materials for businesses, employers, and their employees to learn ways to prevent the flu.



Final Estimates for 2009–10 Seasonal Influenza and Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccination Coverage – U.S., August, 2009 through May, 2010

Thu, 7 Oct 2010 14:35:00 EDT

Because the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus [2009 influenza A (H1N1)] was identified in April 2009, two separate influenza vaccines were distributed in the United States in 2009–2010: a seasonal vaccine and an influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine (2009 H1N1 vaccine).



Influenza Activity - United States and Worldwide, June 13--September 25, 2010

Thu, 7 Oct 2010 14:30:00 EDT

Answers to common questions regarding influenza vaccine strain selection, including information on the virus strains recommended for use in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccines.



Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Children Aged 6-23 Months - U.S., 2008-09 Influenza Season

Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:30:00 EDT

Answers to common questions regarding influenza vaccine strain selection, including information on the virus strains recommended for use in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccines.



Q and A: Vaccine Selection for the 2010-2011 Influenza Season

Fri, 1 Oct 2010 19:30:00 EDT

Answers to common questions regarding influenza vaccine strain selection, including information on the virus strains recommended for use in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccines.



BARDA Funds Development of Next-Generation Portable Ventilators

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 19:30:00 EDT

The contract will help fill the need for domestically manufactured, low-cost, user-friendly, and flexible next-generation ventilators.



Health Requirements and Recommendations for Travel to Saudi Arabia During the 2010 Hajj: Information for U.S. Travelers

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:00:00 EDT

Saudi Arabia updates its health and immunization requirements for travelers



NIH study models H1N1 flu spread

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:30:00 EDT

As the United States prepares for the upcoming flu season, a group of researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health continues to model how H1N1 may spread.



Cómo limpiar y desinfectar las escuelas para ayudar a disminuir la propagación de la influenza

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 22:30:00 EDT

La limpieza y la desinfección son parte de una amplia estrategia para prevenir las enfermedades infecciosas en las escuelas. Para ayudar a disminuir la propagación de la influenza (gripe), la primera l�ínea de defensa es la vacunación. Otras medidas comprenden cubrirse la nariz y la boca al toser o estornudar, lavarse las manos y mantener a las personas enfermas alejadas de las sanas.



How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Help Slow the Spread of Flu

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 22:30:00 EDT

Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools. To help slow the spread of influenza (flu), the first line of defense is getting vaccinated. Other measures include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands, and keeping sick people away from others. Below are tips on how to slow the spread of flu specifically through cleaning and disinfecting.



Get information about high-risk groups, flu symptoms and emergency warning signs, and get CDC recommendations.

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 22:30:00 EDT

This document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides guidance to help reduce the spread of seasonal influenza (flu) among students and staff in K-12 schools during the 2010-2011 school year.



Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care Workers

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 15:00:00 EDT

This document provides lists of facts and recommendations for health care workers concerning the flu and vaccinations.



Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the U.S: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:00:00 EDT

Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu



Review Calls for New Federal Approach to Medical Countermeasures

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT

HHS Secretary releases review and recommendations driven by pandemic flu experience



WHO Director-General Statement

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:00:00 EDT

The world is no longer in phase 6 of influenza pandemic alert. We are now moving into the post-pandemic period. The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course.



WHO Recommendations for the Post-pandemic Period

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:00:00 EDT

The world is now in the post-pandemic period. Based on knowledge about past pandemics, the H1N1 (2009) virus is expected to continue to circulate as a seasonal virus for some years to come.



Questions and Answers: CSL Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Safety in the U.S.

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 10:00:00 EDT

CSL Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Safety in the United States



Recommended Flu Vaccines for Different Age Groups

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 10:00:00 EDT

Recommended Flu Vaccines for Different Age Groups - U.S., 2010-11 Season



WHO Updates International H1N1 Flu Situation

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 13:00:00 EDT

As of 1 August 2010, worldwide more than 214 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 18449 deaths.



FDA Approves Vaccines for the 2010-2011 Influenza Season

Fri, 30 July 2010 17:00:00 EDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved vaccines for the 2010-2011 influenza season in the United States.



Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010

Thu, 29 July 2010 19:00:00 EDT

This report updates the 2009 recommendations by CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding the use of influenza vaccine for the prevention and control of influenza.



NIAID Grantees Use New Skin Patches to Deliver Flu Vaccine in Mice

Thu, 29 July 2010 19:00:00 EDT

For many years, researchers have been working to find a way to deliver flu vaccine - whose components are much larger than those of nicotine and hormones - using a transdermal (across the skin) patch.



NIH Scientists Advance Universal Flu Vaccine

Thu, 15 July 2010 15:00:00 EDT

A universal influenza vaccine - so-called because it could potentially provide protection from all flu strains for decades - may become a reality because of research led by scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.



H1N1 Influenza Public Health Emergency Determination to Expire on June 23

Thu, 24 June 2010 13:00:00 EDT

H1N1 Influenza Public Health Emergency Determination to Expire on June 23



Advance Notice for Termination of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Medical Products and Devices

Wed, 23 June 2010 09:00:00 EDT

Per the FDA-issued advance notice letters listed below, the declaration of Public Health Emergency determination for 2009 H1N1 Influenza expires on June 23, 2010.



New CDC Test to Detect Human Infections with the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus Authorized for Use by FDA

Wed, 23 June 2010 09:00:00 EDT

A test developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to diagnose human infections with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (formerly known as swine flu or pandemic H1N1 flu) was authorized for use today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



WHO Updates International H1N1 Flu Situation

Fri, 18 June 2010 13:30:00 EDT

As of 13 June, worldwide more than 214 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 18172 deaths.



FDA Warns About Fraudulent Tamiflu

Thu, 17 June 2010 18:30:00 EDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today warned consumers about a potentially harmful product represented as Generic Tamiflu sold over the Internet. FDA tests revealed that the fraudulent product does not contain Tamiflu's active ingredient, oseltamivir, but cloxacillin, an ingredient in the same class of antibiotics as penicillin.



CDC issues 2009 H1N1 Pandemic: Summary Highlights, April 2009-April 2010

Wed, 16 June 2010 20:30:00 EDT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document that summarizes key events of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and CDC's response activities.



NIH-Funded Scientists Find 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Protects Mice from 1918 Influenza Virus

Tue, 15 June 2010 17:40:00 EDT

Mice injected with a 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccine and then exposed to high levels of the virus responsible for the 1918 influenza pandemic do not get sick or die, report scientists funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.



WHO Director-General Statement on Continuation of Pandemic Disease

Thu, 03 June 2010 17:00:00 EDT

A global update was provided to the Committee on the pandemic situation, including a particular focus on developments in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.



Preliminary Results: Surveillance for Guillain-Barre Syndrome After Receipt of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine --- United States, 2009--2010

Tue, 01 June 2010 16:30:00 EDT

Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is an uncommon peripheral neuropathy causing paralysis and in severe cases respiratory failure and death.