WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017

FDA extends review of Gardasil for older recipients

The FDA announced last week that it would be extending its review of Merck's application to broaden the age range for Gardasil to include women between the ages of 27 and 45. Read More »

Dengue fever outbreak in Honduras

Approximately 11,000 people in Honduras have been infected with dengue and at least 10 have died, leading the nation's authorities to announce a nationwide red alert. Read More »

Secondary transmission of H1N1 in households low

Two recent medical studies have concluded that secondary transmission of H1N1 virus in households is low. Both reports were published recently on the online edition of Epidemiology and Infection. Read More »

Vaccine on the horizon to fight asthma and hay fever

Swiss researchers recently announced that they have created a Read More »

FDA warns of generic Tamiflu

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a warning about a potentially harmful product representing itself as "Generic Tamiflu" sold over the Internet. Read More »

Hybrid pandemic flu virus found in Chinese pigs

Chinese researchers have announced that a hybrid virus that has been found in pigs in Hong Kong contains elements of the 2009 human pandemic flu virus as well as two swine flu strains. Read More »

New vaccine strategies could safely control Rift Valley Fever

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research have announced two new approaches that could possibly lead to the first vaccine for Rift Valley Fever. Read More »

West Nile Virus reported in Georgia

Several cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Georgia so far this year, leading experts to worry that the virus has appeared earlier than usual. Read More »

Computer-Aided influenza virus vaccine created

Stony Brook University biologists and computer scientists announced recently that they have used a novel approach to weaken the influenza virus. Read More »

CDC declines to endorse mandatory vaccinations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently declined to include mandatory vaccination policies for healthcare workers as a strategy to improve vaccination rates. Read More »

Media coverage responsible for growth in vaccination rates

A recent study has indicated that mass media coverage of flu-related stories has actually helped to increase vaccination rates. Read More »

WHO suggests revising swine flu containment measures

Officials with the World Health Organization have announced that swine flu containment measures failed to work as planned and will likely need to be revised before future pandemics occur. Read More »

New polio vaccine more powerful than current vaccines

A polio vaccine that requires just one-fifth of what was commonly thought to be needed to defend babies from the crippling virus may be as effective as what was previously thought needed as long as the vaccine is injected just beneath the skin. Read More »

CDC announces new H1N1 test

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that it has developed a test to diagnose human infections with the H1N1 influenza virus that can now be used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read More »

Whooping cough epidemic in California kills five

Health officials in California have reported that almost 1,000 cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in the state since June 15, with five infant deaths attributed to the outbreak. Read More »

CDC proposes new flu guidelines for healthcare facilities

Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a rough draft Wednesday of proposed guidelines for preventing H1N1 and seasonal influenza in a healthcare setting. Read More »

American companies found to have reacted well to H1N1

Medical News Today reports that American employers were proactive in dealing with the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic according to a recently released survey. Read More »

HHS declares H1N1 public health emergency over

H1N1 influenza, in federal terms, is no longer a public health emergency. Read More »

Rural Calif. doctors face mounting whooping cough vaccination costs

In the face of one of the worst whooping cough outbreaks in the state's history, California's rural doctors have raised concerns that vaccines to prevent the disease are too expensive. Read More »

Whooping cough cases on the rise nationwide

While California faces one of its worst whooping cough outbreaks in 50 years, New York, Indiana and Oregon have seen cases of the disease steadily increase, worrying public health officials. Read More »