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WHO Global Alert and Response: Influenza Situation Updates
World Health Organization - Mar 11, 2011
Bi-weekly updates on the global trends of influenza outbreaks from the WHO.
Tracking the Progress of H1N1 Swine Flu
Flu Tracker - Sep 10, 2010
A world map showing confirmed swine flu cases.
Influenza Activity in Canada - PHAC FluWatch Reports
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) - April, 2011
A detailed daily update of swine flu cases in Canada. Latest report - April 10 to 16, 2011 (Week 15)
Evolution of H1N1 virus provides clues for researchers
AsiaOne Health - Apr. 26, 2011
Researchers have discovered that heightened mutations of a deadly flu virus caused it to be resistant to anti-viral drugs.
Some 180 nations and territories take part in UN-backed immunization drive
UN News Centre - Apr. 25, 2011
Some 180 countries and territories are for the first time carrying out simultaneous United Nations-backed immunization campaigns this week, targeting diseases such as influenza, measles, polio and tetanus.
Pandemic review committee defends WHO response
CIDRAP News - Mar. 10, 2011
An external committee reviewing the World Health Organization's (WHO's) performance during the H1N1 pandemic released a preview of its findings today, which defends the WHO against criticism that it overstated the pandemic threat and recommends that it take several steps to improve future response.
New H1N1 Mutation Could Allow Virus to Spread More Easily
ScienceDaily - Mar. 2, 2011
In a new study from MIT, researchers have identified a single mutation in the H1N1 genetic makeup that would allow it to be much more easily transmitted between people. The finding, reported in the March 2 edition of the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) One, should give the World Health Organization, which tracks influenza evolution, something to watch out for, says Ram Sasisekharan, senior author of the paper.
Adult Immunization Rates Improving, but Slowly
International Medical News Digital Network - Nov 17, 2010
Adult immunization rates in the United States are improving but very slowly, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Nov. 17.
CDC reports two swine-related H3N2 infections
CIDRAP News - Nov 12, 2010
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced two human infections with a swine-related novel influenza A (H3N2) virus, both of which involved exposure to pig settings and fit the profile of the few similar cases it sees each year.
111 H1N1 deaths in past one week in India: Govt.
NetIndian News Network - Sep 20, 2010
As many as 111 people have died of influenza A (H1N1) in India in the week ended September 19, an official statement from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said here today, quoting information received from the States.
U.S. doctors working while sick: study
The Associated Press - Sep 14, 2010
More than half of U.S. doctors in training who responded to a survey said they have shown up sick to work at least once, and almost one-third said they have done it more than once. Misplaced dedication and fear of letting other doctors down are among the reasons cited in a new study as possible explanations for why medical residents choose to expose their patients to germs.
Disinfecting hand gels don't affect swine flu infection rate
AFP - Sep 13, 2010
The regular use of alcohol-based disinfecting hand gels authorities recommended during the A(H1N1) pandemic has little effect on the disease's infection rate, according to a study published Sunday. The findings suggest that the pandemic virus and similar strains may be most effectively transmitted in the air, rather than by contact with infected surfaces, the authors of the study said.
China to boost surveillance of superbug that resists antibiotics
CNN - Sep 09, 2010
China's capital will step up surveillance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in response to a superbug that first emerged in South Asia and is spreading globally, state media said.
H1N1 2009 Swine Flu Complications No Worse Than Seasonal Flu, US
Medical News Today - Sep 08, 2010
A US study of flu cases in adults and children living in Wisconsin concluded that the risk of serious complications from 2009 H1N1 swine flu was no higher than the risk of serious complications from recent seasonal flu strains.
More Seniors Get Flu Shot After Personalized Reminders, Provider Urging
Medical News Today - Sep 08, 2010
Personalized post cards or phone calls can be effective in encouraging more seniors to get their annual flu shots, according to a new review of evidence.
Pandemic over, it's a normal flu season: Plenty of vaccine should be available
The Washington Post - Sep 07, 2010
Remember the lines last winter for hard-to-find flu shots, the closed schools and the craziness about an H1N1 pandemic? Health officials say all those are things of the past: The pandemic is officially over, there's plenty of vaccine available already, and this year, one shot will deal with most of the different flus expected this winter.