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American Nurses Association Urges Registered Nurses To Get The H1N1 Vaccine PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2009 07:57
Recognizing that the H1N1 virus is a pandemic and a public health emergency, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is urging all registered nurses to get the H1N1 vaccine to protect themselves, their families, and the patients they serve.
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Capture Medical Billing Videos Help Physicians Code For H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 05:38
Capture Billing and Consulting, Inc., a medical billing and coding company, would like to help keep healthcare professionals informed and up to date on the latest coding and billing specifications and regulations. With its release of the "Medical Billing Minute" video, Capture Billing hopes to educate physicians on how to code for the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine.
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Swine Flu Return May Cause Rise In MRSA, Warns Influential Expert Group PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009 18:44
As NHS hospitals face an even tougher winter than usual managing the rise in demand for beds alongside the second wave of swine flu, an influential group of doctors, scientists and patient representatives has called for the early discharge of appropriate MRSA patients to prevent a rise in MRSA infection rates.
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National Foundation For Infectious Diseases (NFID) Survey: Parents More Flu Aware And More Likely To Get Kids Vaccinated PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 October 2009 05:16
Novel H1N1 influenza has raised parents' awareness and concern about seasonal influenza, increasing the likelihood that they will get their children vaccinated compared to past years, according to a recent national survey commissioned by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).
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Lessons Learned From H1N1 Virus Pandemic PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 06:58
A comprehensive study has revealed, for the first time, the impact of swine flu on the health of the general public in Australia and New Zealand.

The lessons learned in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) across the two countries on the impact of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus are being shared with countries in the Northern Hemisphere to help them prepare for their upcoming flu season.
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Baxter Receives European Commission Approval For CELVAPAN H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Vaccine PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 October 2009 05:38

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) confirmed that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for CELVAPAN H1N1 pandemic vaccine using Baxter's Vero cell technology. CELVAPAN H1N1 is the first cell culture-based and non-adjuvanted pandemic influenza vaccine to receive marketing authorization in the European Union.

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WHO In Talks With Developed Countries About Sharing H1N1 Vaccine With Developing Nations PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2009 06:29

The recent news that a single dose of H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine can protect adults against the virus has sparked conversations between the WHO and developed countries about sharing their vaccine stockpiles with developing countries, Bloomberg reports. Because some countries, including Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S., secured vaccine orders when scientists believed two doses of the H1N1 vaccine would needed, "some may have excessive stocks of vaccine and some won't see the demand they have expected," Thomas Zeltner, director of Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health, said.

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Better Vaccine Procedure Sought By Rice Researchers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 06:05
As manufacturers work furiously to make a vaccine to protect against 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus, a Rice University bioengineer is trying to improve the process for future flu seasons. The goal is to shorten the time it takes to identify targeted flu strains and manufacture the vaccines for them.
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H1N1 pandemic virus does not mutate into 'superbug' in UMd lab study PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 September 2009 05:42
 A laboratory study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that some of the worst fears about a virulent H1N1 pandemic flu season may not be realized this year, but does demonstrate the heightened communicability of the virus.

Using ferrets exposed to three different viruses, the Maryland researchers found no evidence that the H1N1 pandemic variety, responsible for the so-called swine flu, combines in a lab setting with other flu strains to form a more virulent 'superbug.'

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Need For A Rapid H1N1 Vaccine Plan In Canada PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 05:05
An editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) reports that Canada must change its H1N1 vaccine policy to speed up access to the vaccine for high-risk groups such as pregnant women, children and youth and people with chronic diseases.

In the Canadian version of the vaccine, Health Canada has chosen to include an adjuvant. It is a substance that will increase the immunological response to antigens. As a result, this will slow its use but allow more people to be immunized. The use of an adjuvant requires a more careful review compared to a vaccine without an adjuvant.

Dr. Paul Hebert, Editor-in-Chief and Dr. Noni Macdonald, Senior Editor, Public Health at CMAJ recommend providing the vaccine without adjuvant to high-risk groups to facilitate quick vaccination. The US and Europe will follow this similar approach. The rest of the population can comply with the slower method with an adjuvant vaccine.

"Time is running out," they write. "Only by providing fast-track standard vaccine can high-risk groups be protected in a timely way, while the general public awaits the arrival of the adjuvant vaccine."

"The H1N1 vaccine race: Can we beat the pandemic?"

Paul C. Hébert MD MHSc, Editor-in-Chief, Noni MacDonald MD MSc, Section Editor, Public Health
CMAJ 2009 DOI:10.1503/cmaj.091560
 
CDC Says U.S. H1N1 Vaccine Supplies On The Rise; Senators Question Government's Handling Of H1N1 Vaccination Program PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2009 07:54

Supplies of the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine are steadily increasing in the U.S. and should soon be more widely accessible in the next two weeks, the CDC said on Tuesday, CQ HealthBeat reports. During a press briefing, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said that 22.4 million vaccine doses are now available for states to order (Norman, 10/27). "We're beginning to get to significant increases in the availability," Frieden said.

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California Physicians Support Seasonal And H1N1 Flu Immunizations For All Health Care Workers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 05:27
Doctors from across the state came together this past weekend to advance the practice of modern medicine for the state and its patients by adopting numerous new California Medical Association policies. In some of their most noteworthy decisions, physician leaders declared that all health care workers should be vaccinated for H1N1, health care reform should cover the uninsured and more public outreach should be conducted to combat obesity.
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Experts: Treat Swine Flu Quickly, Even Without Verification PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 October 2009 05:25

The World Health Organization concluded a three-day meeting on H1N1 (swine flu) in Washington, D.C., on Friday, where health experts issued recommendations that patients with symptoms of H1N1 and pneumonia be treated quickly with antivirals, even before the results of H1N1 tests are complete, the San Francisco Chronicle blog, "ChronRX" reports (Allday, 10/16).

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New Flu Prevention And Treatment Recommendations For People With Asthma PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 06:28
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that an initial analysis of 1,400 adults hospitalized for H1N1 found that 26% had asthma, how can the more than 34 million Americans with asthma protect themselves from the virus and complications?
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California Dental Hygienists' Association Offers H1N1 Flu Prevention Tips For Patients & Oral Health Professionals PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 October 2009 06:06
In keeping with the global effort to limit the spread of the Swine Flu, the California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) issued a list today of simple ways patients and oral health professionals can prevent catching and spreading the disease.

"It's critical that the public sees the link between oral health and flu prevention because the H1N1 virus spreads through the respiratory system and mouth," said CDHA president, Daphne Von Essen. "The primary infection control goal is to prevent transmission of disease - that begins with the mouth."
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Pregnant Women Need Flu Shots, Organizations Urge PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009 05:28
Pregnant women should be sure to get all their flu shots as soon as the vaccines become available this year to protect them against both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 (swine) flu, according to eight leading national maternal and infant health organizations.
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African Health Ministers Adopt Resolutions To Improve Health As WHO Regional Meeting Closes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 07:27

At the conclusion of the 59th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, African health ministers agreed on four resolutions that aim to improve health on the continent, the Guardian reports. The regional committee adopted resolutions that deal with drug-resistance related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; malaria elimination in Africa; and preparedness and response for the current H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic. The fourth resolution deals with establishing high-quality institutions for disease surveillance, food and medicine regulation and other public health-related interventions, according to the Guardian (Ukwuoma, 9/8).

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St. Jude Experts Available To Discuss H1N1 Influenza PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 05:56
As home to the only World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating center focusing on the transmission of animal influenza viruses to humans, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is closely monitoring the H1N1 pandemic. The hospital has a long and storied history with influenza research and in 2007, was named one of six Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health. The St. Jude faculty includes some of the world's most renowned scientists studying infectious diseases. For information about a variety of topics related to the H1N1 pandemic, St. Jude has experts available.
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AMP president updates CDC committee on H1N1 testing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 September 2009 05:26
Dr. Jan Nowak, President of the Association for Molecular Pathology presented public comments today at the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee meeting. During the initial weeks of the pandemic H1N1 influenza outbreak, community based molecular pathology laboratories developed diagnostic tests capable of rapidly detecting and confirming suspected cases of pandemic flu. Dr. Nowak reported on the efforts to confirm suspected cases in the Chicago area and among the broader AMP membership and discussed the challenges encountered by the diagnostic community as well as the opportunities to improve access to high quality rapid diagnostic tests for pandemic influenza.
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UAB's Dr. Whitley Chosen To Serve On President's H1N1 Swine Flu Working Group PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 August 2009 05:25
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Richard Whitley, M.D., has been tapped to serve on the 2009-H1N1 influenza working group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

The group is providing recommendations to U.S. President Barack Obama, through PCAST, on federal activities needed to respond to
H1N1, or swine flu.
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