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  1. 28 Pregnant Women Dead From H1N1 Swine Flu in U.S.

    Oct. 1, 2009 -- H1N1 swine flu has killed 28 pregnant women in the U.S., raising the level of concern among obstetricians and CDC investigators. The 28 women who died were among about 100 pregnant women who required intensive care because of severe H1N1 swine flu disease. "Doctors around the country

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  2. Bacteria Have Role in Swine Flu Deaths

    Sept. 30, 2009 - Bacterial infections play a major role in H1N1 swine flu deaths, the CDC warns. The swine flu bug can cause fatal pneumonia all by itself. But in a large number of cases it gets help from other deadly germs that take advantage of a weakened immune system and cause pneumonia. A CDC i

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  3. Only 1/3 in U.S. Plan to Get Swine Flu Vaccine

    Sept. 30, 2009 -- Only a third of Americans plan to get the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, a Consumer Reports poll shows. One reason might be that 57% of adults with conditions that put them at risk of severe flu complications aren't aware of their risk of severe swine flu. Nearly a third of those polled s

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  4. U.S. Swine Flu Vaccinations Start Oct. 6

    Sept. 25, 2009 - Vaccinations against H1N1 swine flu will start on Oct. 6, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said today. Nearly all of the first 6 million doses of swine flu vaccine are the FluMist nasal spray vaccine. By mid-October, the government plans to deliver some 45 million doses -- incl

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  5. Tamiflu for Kids: Confusing Dosage Can Harm

    Sept. 25, 2009 -- Confusing Tamiflu Oral Suspension prescriptions can lead to dangerous over- or under-dosing of the flu drug, Roche and the FDA warn. It's confusing even to medical professionals, find Kara Jacobson, MPH, and her husband, a doctor. Jacobson's 6-year-old daughter came down with swine

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  6. Half of Americans Want Swine Flu Shots

    Sept. 23, 2009 - Half of American adults say they'll get the new H1N1 swine flu vaccine, a RAND survey shows. The Internet-based survey of a nationally representative panel of 2,067 U.S. adults took place in early June. At that time, 49.6% of those surveyed said they were likely to get the H1N1 swin

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  7. Flu Shot Beats Flu Spray for Young Adults

    Sept. 23, 2009 -- The traditional flu shot beats out the newer flu nasal spray in young adults aged 18 to 49, according to a new study. ''Those who got the inactivated vaccine [the traditional flu shot] were half as likely to get the flu as those who got the live attenuated vaccine [the flu nasal sp

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  8. Hand Hygiene Habits Improve

    Sept. 22, 2009 -- Americans get a B- for their hand hygiene in a new survey about hand washing. That grade is up from a C- in 2008. The new, improved grade is based on a survey of 888 U.S. adults. The survey, which was conducted by phone in August for the Soap and Detergent Association, gets into th

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  9. Kids Need 2 Swine Flu Shots

    Sept. 21, 2009 - Kids under age 10 will need two doses of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, given three weeks apart. The finding -- early results from clinical trials of the Sanofi Pasteur version of the swine flu vaccine -- is no surprise. The CDC bases its swine flu vaccination plan on the need for two

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  10. First Doses of Swine Flu Vaccine Coming Soon

    Sept. 18, 2009 - The first 3.4 million doses of swine flu vaccine -- all the nasal spray vaccine -- will ship in early October, the CDC said today. In addition, some flu shots may be ready to ship by then, too, Jay Butler, MD, chief of the CDC's H1N1 Vaccine Task Force, said at a news conference. "V

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