September 15, 2010
The American Medical Assn., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the March of Dimes and seven other groups sent a letter to healthcare professionals Wednesday urging them to counsel pregnant patients to get a seasonal flu shot. The 2010 seasonal flu shot provides protection against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus as well as two other flu viruses that are expected to be circulating this winter. The letter notes that pregnant women represent only 1% of the U.S. population but account for 5% of all deaths during the swine flu pandemic.
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August 20, 2010 |
Dr. Robert M. Chanock, a virologist who made a remarkable series of discoveries about respiratory viruses in the 1960s and 1970s, including the isolation of the deadly respiratory syncytial virus and four para- influenza viruses, died Aug. 4 at a residential care center in Sykesville, Md. He was 86 and had Alzheimer's disease. Chanock also identified the cause of what was once called walking pneumonia, developed an adenovirus vaccine that is widely used by the military, laid the foundation for the discovery of hepatitis A and C and the development of vaccines against them, pioneered the development of the nasal spray influenza vaccine and played a key role in the discovery of the Norwalk virus, the first member of the family of viruses that cause what is generally known as intestinal flu. One of his biggest disappointments was his team's inability to develop a vaccine against the respiratory syncytial virus, but they did develop antibodies that could be used to protect infants at high risk for the disease.
April 3, 2010 |
Vaccination rates for the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus have varied widely around the country, with New England having the highest rates and the South having the lowest, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week. Rhode Island had the highest rate of vaccination for swine flu, with about 39% of its population immunized, while Mississippi had the lowest rate, with 13% receiving the shot, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Among children, Georgia had the lowest vaccination rate, at 21%. Georgia now has the highest level of ongoing swine flu activity of any state.
November 10, 2009 |
Zakrullah Nouri has never known a time when his country was not at war. But he doesn't waste time worrying about Taliban bombs or errant NATO airstrikes. Not when there's a new and stealthier killer: the H1N1 influenza virus. Afghanistan's first reported death from the disease, that of a 35-year-old engineer from the capital, Kabul -- was announced Oct. 28. Since then at least 10 more people have died in Kabul, said the minister of public health, Dr. Mohammad Amin Fatemi, on Monday.
October 28, 2009 |
Russian medical authorities today reported the first three deaths in the country from the H1N1 influenza virus. The two women, ages 29 and 50, died in Chita, a provincial capital about 3,900 miles east of Moscow, Russia's chief sanitation official Gennady Onishchenko told Interfax news agency. Late in the afternoon, Deputy Health Care Minister Veronika Skvortsova told Echo Moskvy radio station that another woman died in Moscow. "The situation is under control and not significantly different from the usual seasonal flu situation," Viktor Maleyev, deputy chief of Russian Central Epidemiology Institute, said in a telephone interview.
October 14, 2009 |
After weeks of listening to parishioners sniffle in the pews, and worrying about the spread of the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend decided its flock needed to make some sacrifices this flu season. So this week, the priests will be locking up their Communion chalices and, as a precaution against the spread of germs, temporarily stopping the practice of offering wine during the sacrament. "When you have 4,500 people showing up for Mass, and you have eight cups for the populace, it's easy to see how this could become a problem -- fast," said Father John Kuzmich of St. Vincent de Paul in Fort Wayne, whose church in northeastern Indiana has about 10,000 members.