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Jim Greenwood asks: How prepared are we for avian flu?

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As a serious avian influenza outbreak continues to wreak havoc on poultry farms across the U.S., one question that is beginning to draw attention from lawmakers and others centers on our ability to respond should the virus begin to infect humans. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood explored that issue in an op-ed yesterday at The Hill: The prospect of HPAI [Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza] spreading to humans recently drew the attention of bipartisan leaders Read More >

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CDC: It’s Not Too Late to Get This Season’s Flu Vaccine

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Politico Pro’s Brett Norman today writes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to encourage the public to get the flu vaccine since hospitalizations related to the flu are on the rise. The article states that flu-related hospitalizations of those over 65 jumped to 92 per 100,000 this week, up from 52 last week. “The fact that this season’s flu vaccine is poorly matched with the dominant strains circulating makes it more Read More >

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PBS Newshour: What you need to know about this year’s elevated flu threat

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PBS Newshour last week had a segment about this year’s flu season, which doctors are warning could be more severe than normal. One reason for that is that one of the flu virus strains that is most prevalent is not responding as well as usual to the vaccine. LJ Tan explains: …with this upcoming season, we are getting a predominance of H3N2. That means we might have a more severe season. But not only that Read More >

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New Survey: Most Women Believe They Are Not up-to-Date on Vaccinations

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A new national survey from Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) shows that the majority of adult women living in the United States do not believe they are up to date on vaccinations to protect against many preventable diseases. Seventy percent of survey participants reported receiving at least one vaccination in the last five years to prevent disease—most often citing the flu and tetanus vaccines. When asked about a range Read More >

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Young Invincibles Still Need Flu Shot

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Last Friday, the CDC reported that 35 states are seeing widespread cases of influenza. Young and middle aged adults are getting hit harder than usual this season due to the prevalence of the H1N1 (swine flu) strain, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most years, it’s the very young and very old who are most affected. Unlike 2009, when H1N1 re-emerged after lying dormant for decades, this year’s flu shot does include protection against H1N1. However, Read More >

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