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    1. Flu Vaccine Safe Throughout Pregnancy

      Oct. 30, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Pregnant women who get the flu vaccine are less likely to have babies who are premature, small for their gestational age, or who have to be hospitalized, according to three new studies. A fourth study shows that the vaccine is safe throughout pregnancy -- even during

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    2. Child H1N1 Swine Flu Deaths Rising

      Oct. 30, 2009 -- Last week's 19 new child deaths is the biggest single-week jump since the H1N1 swine flu pandemic began. The child death toll in the U.S. pandemic now stands at 114 and is certain to rise, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said today at a news conference. Frieden announced that

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    3. 140 Times More Early Swine Flu Than Reported

      Oct. 29, 2009 - By the end of July, up to 5.7 million Americans -- 140 times the reported number -- had H1N1 swine flu. As many as 21,000 were hospitalized by July 23, the CDC now estimates. This suggests that the current number of H1N1 swine flu-related hospitalizations -- just under 22,000 from th

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    4. Statin Drugs May Reduce Flu Deaths

      Oct. 29, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Once again, the popular cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been shown to be good for more than the heart: They may also lower your odds of dying of the flu. In a large study of people hospitalized with seasonal influenza, those who were taking statins were about 5

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    5. Kids Shed H1N1 Virus 6 Days After Fever

      Oct. 29, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Some elementary school kids with the swine flu are still shedding H1N1 virus six days after their fever strikes, a new study suggests. Researchers stopped short of saying these youngsters could still transmit the virus to their friends and family. But the findings rai

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    6. Officials: Stay Calm on Swine Flu Vaccine

      Oct. 28, 2009 - The H1N1 swine flu vaccine demand/supply gap is closing, two top administration officials said today. The promise came in a joint appearance by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, held to soothe U.S. fr

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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