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By Robert On Friday, January 31st, 2014
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China H7N9 avian influenza cases continue to mount, Sinovac Biotech files application to start H7N9 vaccine trials

The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) received notification yesterday (January 30) of seven additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) respectively in Jiangmen More...

By Robert On Monday, January 27th, 2014
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California flu deaths near 100

In a follow up to a story last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported recently that the number of flu deaths in the state is now at 95, up from 45 just about one week prior. Three of the More...

By Guest Author On Friday, January 24th, 2014
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The Flu Shot: Help choosing which one to get

They say I should do it…., I know I should do it…,  and If I do it… Which one do I do? Why every year? Here’s help: Flu viruses are smart. They change and mutate each year.  The big term “antigenic More...

By Robert On Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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Talking bird flu, seasonal influenza, flu shots and India’s polio success with Dr. Vincent Racaniello

With influenza of all sorts– H5N1, H1N1 and H7N9, dominating the media recently, I decided to delve in a little deeper and try to clear up some questions “people watching the news” may have when More...

By Robert On Saturday, January 11th, 2014
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Flu is reported ‘widespread’ in 70 percent of US states: CDC

The 2013-2014 influenza season had a slow start this year; however, we are getting to where we are typically found this time of year pretty quickly now. Image/CDC In their epidemiologic report from week one of 2014, More...

By Robert 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 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 Robert 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 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 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 On Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
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Virologists Fouchier and Kawaoka want to do ‘controversial’ research on H7N9 bird flu to assess it’s ‘pandemic potential’

In a correspondence published in the journal, Nature, scientists Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and 20 others More...

By Robert 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 On Monday, July 8th, 2013
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CDC issues H3N2 health alert as first cases reported in Indiana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an updated Health Alert Network Health Advisory Friday after the first cases of 2013 were reported from Indiana. The alert supersedes the previous alert More...

By Robert On Friday, June 21st, 2013
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ACIP recommends FluBlok for 2013-2014 flu season for adults with egg allergies

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously in favor(13-0) of recommending FluBlok during the 2013-2014 influenza season for vaccination of persons 18 through 49 years of age with egg More...

By Robert On Thursday, May 30th, 2013
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Cleveland physician brings calm to the WHO novel coronavirus warning- ‘threat to the world’

During a segment on Studio B with Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel yesterday, the host starts out saying, “health officials are warning that a deadly new virus recently found in humans  is quote, a threat More...

By Robert On Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
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Greffex scientists create first H7N9 avian influenza vaccine

In about one month after the H7N9 avian influenza virus was characterized, Aurora, Colorado vaccine manufacturer, Greffex has created a H7N9 avian influenza vaccine using its proprietary GREVAXTM technology, More...

By Robert On Saturday, April 20th, 2013
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Bangladesh reports human H5N1 avian influenza death

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka has reported the seventh case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza, according to a IEDCR release. According to Bangladeshi health authorities, More...

By Robert On Monday, April 8th, 2013
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H7N9 avian influenza and novel coronavirus: Is there a pandemic potential?

With the recent emergence of two viruses not seen in human infections before, experts and the general public wonder, how serious could these infectious diseases be? Since April 2012, the novel (new) coronavirus More...

By Robert On Monday, April 1st, 2013
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China: Two dead, one sickened from ‘novel’ strain of bird flu

Three people have been infected by a rare strain of avian influenza in China, which has resulted in two fatalities, according to a Xinhua news report Sunday. Image/CIA The cases from Shanghai and Anhui Province More...

By Robert 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...


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