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  1. Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving -- Slowly

    Oct. 27, 2009 - The trickle of H1N1 swine flu vaccine should become a steady flow in "a couple of weeks," CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said today. In late August, federal officials were confident that they'd have some 85 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine by Halloween. Today, with pump

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  2. Pregnant Women Wary of Swine Flu Shot

    Oct. 27, 2009 -- A new survey shows only about one in four pregnant women and mothers of young children plan to get the H1N1 flu vaccine this year, despite recommendations from public health groups urging them to do so. The CDC, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and many other public he

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  3. CDC: Swine Flu Vaccine Delay Frustrating

    Oct. 23, 2009 -- The head of the CDC today voiced his frustration with shortages of the swine flu (H1N1) vaccine. "We are now in a period where the vaccine's availability is increasing steadily, but far too slowly," CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, said in a news conference. "It's frustratin

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  4. Disgusting Reasons to Wash Your Hands

    Oct. 22, 2009 -- If you want to get a man to wash his hands, you might want to make your message downright disgusting. Try this phrase: "Soap it off or eat it later." That was one of the best hand-washing motivators for men in a study published recently in the American Journal of Public Health. The

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  5. H1N1 Swine Flu Deadly to the Young

    Oct. 20, 2009 - H1N1 swine flu has turned flu death statistics upside down, the CDC today confirmed. In a normal flu season, 90% of deaths are in elderly people. Since September, 90% of deaths have been in people under age 65 -- with almost a quarter of the deaths in young people under age 25. "It i

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  6. Child H1N1 Swine Flu Deaths Accelerate

    Oct. 16, 2009 -- Eleven children died of H1N1 swine flu last week, raising the October child/teen death toll to 43 -- more pediatric deaths in one month than seen in a bad September-to-May flu season. Overall, 86 children and teens under age 18 have died from the H1N1 swine flu. Half the deaths have

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  7. Beware Fake Swine Flu Drugs, FDA Warns

    Oct. 15, 2009 - Beware fake "Tamiflu" sold over the Internet, the FDA warns. The FDA recently bought five different products advertised online as "Tamiflu" or as treatments for the 2009 H1N1 swine flu. Some of the pills contained only talc and acetaminophen. Some had various amounts of oseltamivir,

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  8. Is the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe?

    What do we really know about the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine? What do we really not know? Questions about the safety of the vaccine persist. Surf the Internet or flip through TV stations and you'll encounter a multitude of myths and a whole lot of hype. What are the facts? Straightforward answers fo

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  9. Swine Flu Cases Rise; CDC Urges Vaccination

    Oct. 9, 2009 -- As the number of H1N1 swine flu cases continues to rise in the U.S., officials from the CDC urge the public to consider getting vaccinated against both swine flu and seasonal flu. ''Unfortunately we are seeing more illness, more hospitalizations, and more deaths," said Anne Schuchat,

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  10. Swine Flu May Stress ICUs This Winter

    Oct. 8, 2009 - Data from Australia and New Zealand's winter flu season suggest H1N1 swine flu will stress U.S. intensive care units in hard-hit areas. Down Under hospitals are well equipped. Yet many had to struggle to keep up with severely ill swine flu patients, who have to be isolated from other

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