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  • Germany discovers bird flu case on poultry farm

    Germany discovers bird flu case on poultry farm
    HAMBURG German authorities said a case of H5N1 bird flu had been discovered during initial tests on a poultry farm in the eastern state of Brandenburg. The case was discovered in a duck farm, which was carrying out its own tests, the Brandenburg stat
    2013-02-15 FLUGERMANYBIRD
  • Insight: U.S. government investment gives flu vaccines a shot in the arm

    Insight: U.S. government investment gives flu vaccines a shot in the arm
    CHICAGO Fighting the flu may soon get easier. As early as next year, more modern and more effective vaccines will hit the market, thanks to investments by the U.S. government and pharmaceutical companies. And even bigger scientific advances are expec
    2013-01-19 FLUVACCINES
  • Flu in U.S. still widespread, but starting to ease, CDC says

    Flu in U.S. still widespread, but starting to ease, CDC says
    CHICAGO Flu remains widespread in the United States and 29 children have died of complications from it, but there are signs the epidemic is easing, U.S. health officials said on Friday. Forty-eight states reported widespread influenza infections last
    2013-01-18 FLUUSA
  • Flu vaccine not linked to fetal death

    Flu vaccine not linked to fetal death
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Getting the flu vaccine while pregnant does not increase the odds that the fetus will die in the womb, according to a new study of tens of thousands of women in Norway. Although fetal deaths were rare during the study, the
    2013-01-16 FLUVACCINE
  • Flu reaches epidemic level in U.S., says CDC

    Flu reaches epidemic level in U.S., says CDC
    n">Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. The early start and fast sprea
    2013-01-11 FLUUSA
  • Boston declares health emergency amid U.S. flu outbreak

    Boston declares health emergency amid U.S. flu outbreak
    BOSTON With flu cases in this city up tenfold from last year, the mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency on Wednesday as authorities around the United States scrambled to cope with a rising number of patients. Health authorities say a vir
    2013-01-09 FLUUSA
  • FDA approves novel Novartis seasonal flu vaccine

    FDA approves novel Novartis seasonal flu vaccine
    n">The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it approved a seasonal flu vaccine produced by Novartis using animal cell culture rather than the traditional manufacturing using chicken eggs - a speedier process that could help build stoc
    2012-11-20 FLUNOVARTIS
  • Tobacco smoke tied to flu complications in kids

    Tobacco smoke tied to flu complications in kids
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids hospitalized with the flu are more likely to need intensive care and a longer stay if they've been exposed to second-hand smoke at home, a small new study finds. Analyzing the records of more than 100 kids hospitalize
  • All UK kids to get AstraZeneca's nasal flu vaccine

    All UK kids to get AstraZeneca's nasal flu vaccine
    LONDON Britain is to extend its seasonal flu vaccination program to all children, free of charge, becoming the first country in the world to do so, the Department of Health said on Wednesday. Children will get AstraZeneca's nasal spray vaccine rather
    2012-07-25 FLUAstrazeneca
  • Texts prime parents to get kids a flu shot: study

    Texts prime parents to get kids a flu shot: study
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Research in New York City suggests that sending parents educational text messages about the flu vaccine and where to get it could increase the number of kids and teens protected during flu season. Researchers following mor
    2012-04-24 FLUTEXTSSHOT
  • Panel defends call to censor bird flu studies

    Panel defends call to censor bird flu studies
    CHICAGO A potentially deadlier form of the bird flu virus poses one of the gravest known threats to humans and justifies an unprecedented call to censor the research that produced it, a top U.S. biosecurity official said on Tuesday. The National Scie
  • World needs to update its flu vaccines: study

    World needs to update its flu vaccines: study
    n">As Americans line up for flu shots, they should consider that the vaccines may be far less effective than thought, according to a new study. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues
    2011-10-25 FLUVACCINESLANCET
  • U.S. health officials push flu shots for all

    U.S. health officials push flu shots for all
    CHICAGO U.S. health officials are looking to capitalize on significant gains in flu vaccination rates with a new campaign emphasizing the need for all Americans over six months of age to get a flu shot. Last season, nearly 131 million people, or 43 p
    2011-09-21 FLUUSA
  • Giving flu vaccine to tots cuts ER visits

    Giving flu vaccine to tots cuts ER visits
    n">Recommending that all U.S. preschoolers get a flu shot cut visits to the emergency department for flu-like illness by more than a third, U.S. and Canadian researchers said on Monday in a study that showed the direct impact of vaccination policy
    2011-09-19 FLUCHILDRENUSA
  • CDC urging all Americans to get flu shots

    CDC urging all Americans to get flu shots
    CHICAGO For the second year in a row, health experts are urging all Americans to get a flu shot, even though the circulating strains of flu have not changed since the 2010-2011 flu season. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on T
    2011-08-19 FLUSHOTS
  • Flu "super antibody" may bring universal shot closer

    Flu "super antibody" may bring universal shot closer
    LONDON Scientists have found a flu "super antibody" called FI6 that can fight all types of influenza A viruses that cause disease in humans and animals and say their discovery may be a turning point in the development of new flu treatments. Rese
    2011-07-28 FLUANTIBODY
  • Flu vaccine production to double by 2015, WHO says

    Flu vaccine production to double by 2015, WHO says
    GENEVA Global production of seasonal flu vaccine is expected to double to 1.7 billion doses by 2015, with 11 new manufacturers coming onstream in developing countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. If a new influenza pandemic
    2011-07-14 FLUVACCINE
  • Old osteoporosis drug may help in killing flu viruses

    Old osteoporosis drug may help in killing flu viruses
    HONG KONG A old osteoporosis drug may be effective in killing a range of influenza viruses, including ones that are very dangerous to people like the H5N1 bird flu virus, scientists in Hong Kong reported on Wednesday. Unlike antiviral drugs that targ
    2011-06-29 FLUDRUG
  • Teens, young adults may drive flu epidemics: study

    Teens, young adults may drive flu epidemics: study
    By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Little kids, with their runny noses and dirty hands, might be unfairly vilified for their role in spreading sickness, suggests a new study. The research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology
    2011-06-16 FLUEPIDEMICS
  • HK combats more severe flu season with new antibodies

    HK combats more severe flu season with new antibodies
    HONG KONG Doctors hope to treat this year's severe flu epidemic in Hong Kong by harvesting antibodies from patients who have recovered, medical experts said on Tuesday. The experts said they hoped to treat more than 70 severely ill flu patients with
    2011-02-08 FLUHONGKONG

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