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CDC Urges All Americans to Get Flu Vaccine
Health News - 9/21/11
There's been a steady rise in the number of Americans getting an annual flu vaccination, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases announced today. Last flu season, about 130.9 million Americans, or 43 percent of the U.S. population, received a flu shot. That's about 8 million more than the previous season, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While researchers can't predict exactly what this flu season will hold, "We can say with certainly that the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community is to get a flu shot," Frieden said at a NFID news conference today.
Flu Vaccine Life-saving for Pregnant Women
UPI.com - 9/8/11
Back in spring 2009, the H1N1 influenza virus crossed the U.S. border and raised concerns that it might cause a full-scale epidemic in the fall. The Food and Drug Administration worked with other Health and Human Services agencies and vaccine manufacturers to quickly develop, license and distribute a vaccine to protect the public from this particularly virulent strain of the flu. However, alongside the public's concern about H1N1 were also fears that the rapid vaccine development would lead to unanticipated problems similar to the increased risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome that occurred with the 1976 swine flu vaccine. A new study shows that those fears were unsubstantiated and reaffirms the safety of the seasonal flu and H1N1 influenza vaccines. In the 2009-2010 season, when everyone was concerned about H1N1 because it was so new, data analysis showed no increased risk for specific side effects, said Grace M. Lee, M.D., lead researcher.
Large Study Reaffirms H1N1, Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safety
Health Behavior News Service - 7/5/11
The impact of severe influenza during pregnancy on mother and infant/fetus emphasizes the importance of influenza vaccination, U.S. health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic from April 15, 2009, to Aug. 10, 2010, the CDC received reports of 278 pregnant/post-partum women who were admitted to the intensive care unit and survived. Eighty-four of the pregnant/post-partum women died.
CDC Urges Pregnant Women to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine
HealthDay - 6/22/11
Pregnant women should be vaccinated against the whooping cough, an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. It recommended that the vaccination be given in the late second or third trimester. The endorsement was a change from the panel's previous recommendation to wait until immediately after women give birth.
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