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NEWS
December 29, 2010 | By Tami Dennis, Tribune Health
Flu may be making headlines in the United Kingdom, but folks in the U.S. -- almost hysterical at the specter of influenza a couple of seasons ago -- seem more concerned about anything and everything else. That's not the same thing, however, as saying there's no flu activity in this country. The UK's Health Protection Agency announced earlier this week that flu cases are on the upswing across that portion of Europe. And of course, as has been the case with the predominant H1N1 strain (formerly known as "swine flu" -- it seems so long ago now doesn't it?
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NEWS
October 21, 2010
It was only a year ago when Americans were scurrying to find flu shots to protect against the H1N1 pandemic flu, or swine flu. A record number of Americans were vaccinated in the last part of 2009 and first few months of this year. And since H1N1 is thought to be a predominant flu threat again this year, people might naturally wonder: Do I need a flu shot this season? The answer is yes. The vaccine you received last year protects against flu for about six to eight months. The immunity from your last shot last winter has already worn off, according to an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NEWS
September 8, 2010
More children and young adults were hospitalized as a result of pandemic H1N1 influenza than is normal for seasonal flu, but that was simply because those groups were disproportionately infected, not because the symptoms were worse, researchers said Tuesday. The pandemic flu, commonly known as swine flu, did cause more pneumonia than seasonal flu, but overall the symptoms were about the same, researchers from the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Marshfield, Wisc. reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2010 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: My husband and I own shares of Tyson Foods Inc. Can they continue to do as well as they have been doing, or is the run over? Answer: The world's largest meat company, with leading positions in the processing of beef, chicken and pork, is benefiting from more Americans cooking at home. Processors had reduced their production in 2008 because of higher feed costs and the economic slowdown, with the resulting lower supply now leading to higher meat prices. Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN)
SCIENCE
August 10, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The 2009-10 H1N1 influenza pandemic is officially over, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. "The new H1N1 influenza has largely run its course," WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said in a telephone news conference from Hong Kong. "We are now moving into the post-pandemic period. " Some places may see localized outbreaks of the pandemic H1N1 virus, commonly called swine flu, she said, but overall activity is expected to be about normal for the season. In particular, she noted, out-of-season outbreaks are no longer being observed in either the Northern or Southern hemisphere.
SCIENCE
April 3, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
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.
SCIENCE
March 30, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Continuing activity of pandemic H1N1 influenza in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia, is raising fears of a third wave of swine flu cases, federal officials said Monday. They urged people to continue getting vaccinated as a preventive measure in case a new outbreak occurred. Although H1N1 flu activity is still low in most of the country, flu-related hospitalizations in Georgia have, since the beginning of February, been higher than they were in October at the height of the second wave of the flu, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
SCIENCE
March 19, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
The likelihood of a third wave of pandemic H1N1 influenza appears to be declining as all indicators of swine flu activity remain low throughout the bulk of the country, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Nobody can say for sure that we are totally out of the woods, but the further we go into spring and summer, the less likely we are to see another wave," said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner. It would not surprise the agency to see some local activity of the virus "continue to percolate along," he added.
NEWS
February 26, 2010 | Wendy Orent, Los Angeles Times
We have learned a lot from the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic. We have learned, for example, that one basic assumption about pandemics was wrong: You don't need a radical mutation in a flu virus to produce a pandemic. All you need is enough change within a surface protein for a new strain to blow past acquired immunity and blaze around the world, as this one did. And we've seen that not every pandemic strain is especially lethal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimated that 11,690 Americans had died of swine flu by mid-January.
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