• IDSA Recommends Ways to Strengthen HHS's Pandemic Influenza Plan
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has submitted detailed recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the agency's Draft Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan. "Although IDSA applauds HHS's efforts on ...More
    October 28, 2004 Posted in News
  • Immune System in a Bottle Could Help Prevent Flu Vaccine Shortage
    Picture a honeycomb and each compartment in the honeycomb is coated with living cells from a person's mouth, skin or a piece of bone. University of Michigan associate professor Nicholas Kotov believes that one day, the cells in those honeycombs can be used to grow spare ...More
    October 26, 2004 Posted in News
  • Mass Vaccination Exercise Clinics Provide Flu Shots To 7,855
    LA JUNTA -- Approximately 7,855 persons in at-risk categories received free flu shots on Oct. 16 as part of the mass vaccination clinic exercise held in nine Southeastern Colorado counties. The event, one of the largest bioterrorism exercises to be held in Colorado, also ...More
    October 25, 2004 Posted in News
  • California Will Distribute 271,740 Additional Flu Shots
    SACRAMENTO -- California has received a shipment of 271,740 additional doses of flu vaccine and will distribute the vaccine to local health departments next week, State Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson announced today. "Because of the nationwide shortage of ...More
    October 25, 2004 Posted in News
  • Illinois Governor Negotiates to Buy Flu Vaccine From Europe
    CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Illinois) today announced that his administration has negotiated a tentative agreement -- subject to approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -- to immediately ship at least 30,000 doses of flu vaccine from Europe for ...More
    October 25, 2004 Posted in News
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional Provides Cold and Flu Care Packages to Retirement Community
    ROSWELL, Ga. -- The residents of Holiday Retirement Village in Evansville, Ind., sure know how to throw a party.  Their birthday bash to celebrate the invention of toilet paper made headlines across the country. To acknowledge the successful celebration of this vital ...More
    October 25, 2004 Posted in News
  • Nasal Powder Influenza Vaccine Under Development
    Dr. John Quarles and Nancy Arden from the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center have worked for the last year and a half with DelSite Biotechnologies, Inc., and colleagues in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M ...More
    October 25, 2004 Posted in News
  • MedImmune Expands Production Plans For FluMist®
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- MedImmune, Inc. announced that it is increasing its planned delivery of FluMist (Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal) up to a total of three million doses.  Originally the company had completed production of 1.1 million doses.  In ...More
    October 22, 2004 Posted in News
  • HHS Announces Additional Million Doses of Flu Vaccine
    WASHINGTON -- HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced yesterday that the nation will have an additional 1 million doses of the FluMist nasal spray flu vaccine, bringing the total flu vaccine supply this year to 61 million doses.  Additionally, there is enough ...More
    October 22, 2004 Posted in News
  • U.S. Physicians Believe Flu Vaccine Shortage is Crisis Situation; Vast Majority Report Difficulty in Obtaining Adequate Quantities
    FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- Results of a new national survey of physicians confirm that an overwhelming majority of U.S. physicians believe that the current flu vaccine shortage is a crisis situation. The national e-survey was conducted by Muhlenberg College Institute of Public ...More
    October 21, 2004 Posted in News