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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

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

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

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 …