• Study Documents Decline in Rare Paralytic Disorder Linked to Influenza Vaccination
    The number of reported cases of Gillain-Barre syndrome (a rare paralytic disorder) that occur following influenza vaccination has decreased over the past 12 years, according to a study in the November 24 issue of JAMA. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a paralytic disorder ...More
    November 30, 2004 Posted in News
  • The “Holiday Rush” of Colds and Flu is On
    Jeff Desmond, M.D, already knows what he’s getting for Christmas: hundreds of people with colds and flu coming to see him and his staff at the University of Michigan hospital emergency room. Some of them will need medical help for especially bad infections. But most of them ...More
    November 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues 2004-05 Interim Guidance for the Use of Masks to Control Influenza Transmission
    The following interim CDC guidance was developed in response to questions about the role of masks for controlling influenza when suboptimal immunization of the public could increase the frequency of influenza infection. The link is ...More
    November 22, 2004 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Cold and Flu Season Gets Underway With Flu Vaccine in Short Supply
    NEW YORK -- It is cold and flu season and with 45 million less flu shots available health officials are expecting more people to get the flu this year. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of the American population will suffer with flu symptoms and more than 200,000 ...More
    November 18, 2004 Posted in News
  • Positive Outcome of Phase I DNA Influenza Study
    OXFORD, England -- PowderMed Ltd. (PowderMed), a company focusing on the development of therapeutic DNA vaccines, has announced positive results in a Phase I clinical trial of a proprietary prophylactic DNA influenza vaccine. The trial examined three doses of the DNA ...More
    November 18, 2004 Posted in News
  • Flu Arrives in Oregon
    PORTLAND -- Oregon's first laboratory-confirmed influenza case for the current flu season has been reported by Providence Portland Medical Center, according to public health officials at the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). It occurred in a 28-year-old man. "The ...More
    November 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • Computer Models to Simulate Hypothetical Outbreak of Avian Flu
    A group of scientists who are developing computer models to combat infectious diseases have focused their attention on the H5N1 strain of the bird influenza virus. By simulating the outbreak of this potentially deadly avian flu in a hypothetical human community, the ...More
    November 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • NIAID Launches Influenza Genome Sequencing Project
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced a joint influenza genome sequencing project with several scientific partners. The project will help researchers understand how flu viruses evolve, ...More
    November 17, 2004 Posted in News
  • Meeting the Challenge of Influenza
    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) is responding to the current public health issue regarding influenza with the introduction of "Get Clued to the Flu," a public awareness campaign that emphasizes the continuum of care during the flu season. The ...More
    November 11, 2004 Posted in News
  • Domestic Ducks Could Pose New Avian Influenza Threat
    WASHINGTON and ROME -- Domestic ducks may be acting as a silent reservoir for the H5N1 Avian Influenza virus, which is highly pathogenic for chickens, and may thus have acquired an important new role in the transmission of the virus to other poultry and, possibly, to humans ...More
    November 11, 2004 Posted in News