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By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
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FDA announces shortages of Tamiflu oral suspension

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday that the manufacturer of Oseltamivir Phosphate (Tamiflu) Oral Suspension, Genentech, Inc.,  is experiencing temporary delays in manufacturing of More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, January 4th, 2014
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CDC tweets 10 flu tips as 25 states now report widespread flu activity

Despite a relatively slow start to this 2013-2014 flu season, it has certainly picked up strongly in recent weeks as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 25 states as having widespread More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, December 28th, 2013
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Italy reports 500,000 people battling the flu over the holiday week

A report in the Italian news source, AGI, has the headline (computer translated): “Influenza: half a million Italians in bed for the holidays”. According to the report, “There are about 500,000 More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, December 28th, 2013
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‘What’s new on Avian Flu Diary’ with blogger, Michael Coston

Bloggers who write about infectious diseases are usually so much better than what you get from the usual mainstream media–better research, great sources and great commentary because they actually understand More...

By Guest Author On Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
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One in five Americans report having not received the flu vaccine due to fear that it causes flu: Survey

PRESS RELEASE According to a new survey released by the National Consumers League (NCL), fears and misperceptions about flu vaccines persist among Americans—adults and parents of children under the age of 17 More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, December 9th, 2013
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National Influenza Vaccination Week: ‘It’s not too late to vaccinate!’

It is National Influenza Vaccination Week! What is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)? It’s a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. NIVW More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, November 25th, 2013
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CDC launches influenza prediction by using social media competition

CDC has launched the “Predict the Influenza Season Challenge,” a competition designed to foster innovation in flu activity modeling and prediction. The registrant who most successfully predicts the timing, peak More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
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Bat SARS-like coronavirus, influenza and NEIDL: ‘What’s New on Virology Blog?’

On a special segment on the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show Saturday, Nov. 23, I had the opportunity to discuss some of the interesting posts made by Columbia University Microbiology and Immunology Professor, More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
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Global flu activity remains low, influenza A(H3N2) is predominant

The latest influenza data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that influenza activity is on the low end as of the most recent reporting week ending Oct. 12. Influenza in the US mapImage/CDC During More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, October 21st, 2013
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Flu shots and travel medicine with Passport Health CEO, Duellyn Pandis

With flu season upon us, albeit seen in low numbers and sporadically thus far, health professionals are advising the public to get vaccinated now as the peak of seasonal flu season hits us around the month of February. Passport More...

By Robert Herriman On Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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Arkansas reports two cases of swine flu variant H1N1(v)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that two people in Arkansas have been infected with a strain of influenza known as H1N1(v) after contact with pigs. Photo/Agricultural Research More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, September 2nd, 2013
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Michigan reports first case of human H3N2v swine flu, brings national total to 17

The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and their local and state health partners have identified a case of an H3N2 variant (H3N2v) in a child who was a swine exhibitor at the recent Berrien County More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, August 18th, 2013
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FDA approves FluLaval Quadrivalent influenza vaccine for persons three years and older

Pharmaceutical, biologics and vaccine company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), announced Friday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved FluLaval Quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the active immunization More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, August 15th, 2013
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CVS/pharmacy survey shows that six out of 10 people consider getting the flu shot a ‘social responsibility’

A new survey from CVS/pharmacy released today found that less than half of those surveyed (46%) were more likely to get a flu shot this year following last season’s late flu outbreak. But many more – 59% More...

By Robert Herriman On Friday, August 2nd, 2013
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Illinois confirms first case of H3N2v ‘swine flu’, brings total to 15 cases in three states

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) laboratory has confirmed one case of  H3N2v influenza virus in a Boone County child who had contact with swine while helping an exhibitor at the DuPage County Fair More...

By Robert Herriman On Thursday, June 27th, 2013
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Indiana reports four human cases of H3N2v influenza, advises public to protect themselves at fairs this summer

Indiana health officials are encouraging residents to take steps to protect themselves at county and 4H fairs around the state this summer following detection of four cases of variant influenza A (H3N2v). Photo/Agricultural More...

By Robert Herriman On Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
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Prominent virologist defends the Chinese Hybrid H5N1-H1N1 research, calls it ‘good science’

There was much written concerning the research published earlier this month in Science, where researchers from China’s Harbin Veterinary Research Institute reported creating an  avian H5N1 (highly pathogenic) and More...

By Robert Herriman On Monday, March 25th, 2013
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CDC reports 105 pediatric deaths due to influenza this season

With the addition of six influenza-associated pediatric deaths during the most reporting period, the total is now at 105 during the  current 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control More...

By Robert Herriman On Sunday, February 17th, 2013
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Flu still widespread in Indiana, 56 deaths reported this season

Influenza activity in the Hoosier State continues to be widespread according to data from the Indiana State Department of Health. Image/We,Ruhrfisch and Appraiser via Wikimedia Commons To date, 56 people have died More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
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Influenza activity is increasing in many European countries: ECDC

Influenza activity is increasing in many European countries, although the epidemic may have passed its peak in some countries, mostly in north-western Europe, according to a European Centres for Disease Control More...


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