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Flu vaccination via spray is more effective for young children than injection, a U.S. government panel ruled Wednesday.
Flu viruses currently circulating in birds closely resemble the one that caused the 1918 pandemic that killed about 50 million people worldwide, researchers say.
If a pandemic flu event were to occur, early vaccination could reduce morbidity, mortality, and costs, according to a study published in the May 20 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Vaccination with the H1N1 influenza vaccine Focetria during pregnancy has no adverse effects on infant health, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, held from May 6 to 10 in Dublin.
The H1N1 flu was the predominant influenza strain in the United States this year, but it packed a lot less punch than in 2009 when it caused a worldwide pandemic, health officials report.
The survival rate of mice infected with lethal amounts of H1N1 virus increased after a molecule was blocked, according to research published in Immunity.
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