• CDC, Aventis Pasteur Announce Allocation Plan to Address Influenza Vaccine Shortages
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Aventis Pasteur has announced the first phase of the plan to allocate influenza vaccine in response to the recently announced loss of half of the nation’s expected flu vaccine supply for the 2004-2005 season. The ...More
    October 12, 2004 Posted in News
  • After Flu Exposure, Mild Exercise Protects Mature Mice From Dying, But Not From Developing Symptoms
    Austin, Texas -- University of Illinois researchers report that four consecutive days of moderate exercise in mice after they were infected with influenza protects them from dying, compared with mice that didn’t exercise. This protective effect was more evident in mice ...More
    October 12, 2004 Posted in News
  • Nursing Homes Worst Hit by Lack of Flu Vaccine
    MINNEAPOLIS -- In light of the influenza vaccine shortage, the Minnesota Department of Health and local public health have surveyed communities, clinics, hospitals and nursing homes regarding their vaccine supplies and needs. Results indicate that Minnesota has about ...More
    October 11, 2004 Posted in News
  • California Health Officials Ask Health Individuals to Forego Flu Shots This Year Due to Vaccine Shortage
    SACRAMENTO -- State Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson has asked healthy Californians today to forego a flu shot this year to ensure that vaccine is available for individuals at highest risk of pneumonia and other flu-related complications. His request follows ...More
    October 8, 2004 Posted in News
  • GenoMed to Offer Nationwide Influenza Trial
    ST. LOUIS -- GenoMed, Inc. a Next Generation DM(TM) (Disease Management) company that uses its expertise in genomics to improve clinical outcomes, announced today that it will offer its patent-pending broad spectrum viral antidote to the nation during this coming flu season ...More
    October 7, 2004 Posted in News
  • Gene from 1918 Virus Proves Key to Virulent Influenza
    Using a gene resurrected from the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, recorded history's most lethal outbreak of infectious disease, scientists have found that a single gene may have been responsible for the devastating virulence of the virus. In the ...More
    October 7, 2004 Posted in News
  • With Limited Flu Vaccine, Leading Infection Control Group Offers Preventive Tips
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Concerned about the recent announcement that a major influenza vaccine manufacturer has suspended vaccine production for the 2004-2005 flu season, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), a preeminent organization ...More
    October 6, 2004 Posted in News
  • Interim Influenza Vaccination Recommendations: 2004-05
    On October 5, 2004, CDC was notified by Chiron Corporation that none of its influenza vaccine (Fluvirin®) would be available for distribution in the United States for the 2004-05 influenza season. The company indicated that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory ...More
    October 6, 2004 Posted in News
  • HHS Issues Statement Regarding Chiron Flu Vaccine
    The following is a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services: “Clearly, the loss of the Chiron flu vaccine poses a serious challenge to our vaccine supply for the upcoming flu season. Chiron was to produce between 46 to 48 million doses of influenza vaccine ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccine Needed to Protect Children Under Age Two
    WASHINGTON -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reiterated the need for children ages six months to 23 months to get vaccinated with the flu vaccine in a written statement submitted for a U.S. House of Representatives hearing. “The flu kills,” said AAP president ...More
    October 5, 2004 Posted in News