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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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