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[4 Aug 2011 | Comments Off | 1,283 views]
Landmark agreement improves global preparedness for influenza pandemics

By: World Health Organization
April 17, 2011
After a week of negotiations continued through Friday night and into Saturday morning, an open-ended working-group meeting of Member States successfully agreed upon a framework to ensure that in a pandemic, influenza virus samples will be shared with partners who need the information to take steps to protect public health.
The working-group meeting was convened under the authority of the World Health Assembly and coordinated by WHO.
Responding effectively to future flu pandemics
The new framework includes certain binding legal regimes for …

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[6 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | 3,006 views]
Interim Results: Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent and Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health-Care Personnel — United States, August 2009–January 2010

–cdc.gov–
April 2, 2010
Since 1986, the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have recommended that all health-care personnel (HCP) be vaccinated annually for influenza (1,2). Since 1989, overall influenza vaccination coverage among HCP has never exceeded 49% in any season, according to estimates from the National Health Interview Survey (3,4). In August 2009, ACIP recommended that HCP be one of five initial target groups to receive the influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine when it first became available (5). This report summarizes …

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[9 Mar 2010 | One Comment | 1,919 views]
Emergency departments see rise in flu-like illness

–cidrap–
–Lisa Schnirring –
Feb 24, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Some of the nation’s emergency departments are noting increases in flu-like illness cases that appear to be pandemic H1N1, and colleges are reporting the first increase in flu-like illness since the end of November, but it’s not clear if these are early signs of a third pandemic flu wave.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) said today in a Twitter post that some of its members were anecdotally reporting a new wave of pandemic H1N1 patients coming to emergency departments and asked if …

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[11 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,946 views]
Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 – update 82

–who.int–
Weekly update
8 January 2010 — As of 3 January 2009, worldwide more than 208 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 12799 deaths.
WHO is actively monitoring the progress of the pandemic through frequent consultations with the WHO Regional Offices and member states and through monitoring of multiple sources of information.
Situation update:
The most active areas of pandemic influenza transmission currently are in parts of central, eastern and southeastern Europe, North Africa, and South Asia.
In Europe, pandemic …

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[30 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,069 views]
Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 – update 80

–world health organization–
–23 December 2009 –
nAs of 20 December 2009, worldwide more than 208 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 11516 deaths.
WHO is actively monitoring the progress of the pandemic through frequent consultations with the WHO Regional Offices and member states and through monitoring of multiple sources of data.
Situation update:
In the temperate zone* of the northern hemisphere, transmission of pandemic influenza virus remains active and geographically widespread, however overall disease activity has recently peaked in much of …

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[10 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 1,509 views]
Strategies and Tips for Businesses

–flu.gov–
December 8, 2009
Businesses can play an important role in protecting our community against the spread of H1N1.
To address the role that businesses can play in preventing the spread of H1N1, the CDC held an online discussion for bloggers featuring a panel of experts to review recommendations, tools, and action steps that businesses can take to protect the health and safety of their employees.
Among the top recommendations, the panelists reminded businesses about the importance of having a response plan to decrease the spread of influenza and keep their employees – and …

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[2 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 1,777 views]
US Health-Threat Response to Be Reviewed

December 2, 2009
–by Rob Stein–
–washington post–

TECHNOLOGY OUTDATED
Efforts to develop new defenses are at issue

Citing the balky swine flu vaccination campaign and other shortcomings in the nation’s medical defenses, a top Obama administration official has announced a major review of the government’s efforts to develop new protections against pandemics, bioterrorism and other health threats.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that she ordered the evaluation in part because the H1N1 vaccine shortage had highlighted the nation’s dependence on antiquated technology.
“We’ll look for the …

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[12 Nov 2009 | Comments Off | 1,828 views]
Pandemic Planning: why working from home may not be an effective solution

–continuity central–
–By Jeff Charlton–
Many corporate pandemic plans are predicated on enabling employees to work from home during a severe pandemic ‘flu outbreak. But little analysis seems to have been carried out into what the impacts will be of a surge of home workers on corporate provision and Internet infrastructure; as well as what effect societal influences may have on the success of such a policy. The following provides a checklist of items that should be considered before giving the green-light to a work from home strategy:
* Is the home-worker’s software …

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[16 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 1,804 views]
FDA Warns of Unapproved and Illegal H1N1 Drug Products Purchased Over the Internet

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today warned consumers to use extreme care when purchasing any products over the Internet that claim to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure the H1N1 influenza virus. The warning comes after the FDA recently purchased and analyzed several products represented online as Tamiflu (oseltamivir), which may pose risks to patients.
One of the orders, which arrived in an unmarked envelope with a postmark from India, consisted of unlabeled, white tablets taped between two pieces of paper. When analyzed by the FDA, the tablets were found to …

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[7 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 1,592 views]
First Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving in Cities

–the washington post–
–by rob stein–
Doctors, nurses and other medical workers in Indiana and Tennessee were among the first Americans to receive swine flu vaccine Monday as the federal government began the most ambitious inoculation campaign in U.S. history.
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Wishard Health Services and other hospitals in Indianapolis and at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis received the FluMist nasal spray vaccine at events attended by local, state and federal health officials.
“Today is a good day in the fight over flu,” Anne Schuchat of the Centers …