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  • WHO Advances Phase of Swine Flu Pandemic Alert
    The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) has considered available data on confirmed outbreaks of A/H1N1 swine influenza in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has considered reports of possible spread to additional countries. On the advice of the ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu Fear
    I’ve been watching the swine flu story develop in the media the last few days and was glad to see our blogger Nancy Haberstich address the impending hysteria. While I believe we must be prepared, I worry about needless panic created in part by savvy marketers who are ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Vaccines Are for Adults, Too: Are Your Shots Up to Date?
    Routine vaccination of children has helped eliminate or greatly reduce many devastating illnesses, including measles, polio, whooping cough and diphtheria. But vaccinations are not just for children, they’re for adults, too. For some adults, the news that they need to ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Given with Microneedle Patches Proves Effective
    Flu vaccine delivered through skin patches containing microneedles has proven just as effective at preventing influenza in mice as intramuscular, hypodermic flu immunization. A team of researchers at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology believes the new ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Universal Flu Vaccine Holds Promise
    At right,Robert Belshe, MD, director of the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development.An influenza vaccine that protects against death and serious complications from different strains of flu is a little closer to reality, Saint Louis University vaccine ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Findings Uncover New Details About Mimivirus
    By Emil VenereAn international team of researchers has determined key structural features of the largest known virus, findings that could help scientists studying how the simplest life evolved and whether the unusual virus causes any human diseases. The mimivirus has been ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Preventionists Can Play Pivotal Role in Protecting Against Swine Flu
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today urged public health officials to call upon the nation’s infection preventionists to help stop the potential spread of swine flu. Infection preventionists, who protect patients and ...More
    April 27, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Study of Outbreaks Aided by New Human Movement Model
    Researchers have developed a new statistical model that simulates human mobility patterns, mimicking the way people move over the course of a day, a month or longer. The model, developed by scientists at North Carolina State University and the Korea Advanced Institute of ...More
    April 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Report Says Almost 100,000 Surgical Patients Didn’t Get the Right Infection Prevention Care
    A new report released today by Consumers Union found that hospitals have made progress following certain surgical infection prevention practices, but that too many patients aren’t getting the right care needed to keep them safe. At a minimum, almost 100,000 patients ...More
    April 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu and Avian Flu Viruses: Let’s Remember They are Influenza A
    After all the education and preparation we have accomplished over the last two to three years, some of the key points seemed to get lost in just one weekend of media coverage.  I was a bit frustrated as I monitored the news over the weekend to see the continuous ...More
    April 27, 2009 Posted in Blogs