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Novavax's Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Candidate Is Successful In Study

Novavax has received positive results from an immunogenicity study in ferrets inoculated with the company's trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine candidate. These findings will enable Novavax to complete its planned investigational new drug (IND) application to support initiation of a Phase II clinical trial targeted to begin in the third quarter of this year.

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New Rapid Test For H5N1 Bird Flu Presented To ICEID

Preliminary research from the Department of Respiratory Disease Research at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) suggests that a rapid antigen assay test developed by Arbor Vita Corporation (AVC) shows promise as a useful diagnostic for the detection of the avian influenza virus in humans.

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Get Your Flu Shot At A Pharmacist

New York City health officials are very worried about low rates of flu and pneumonia vaccination. They urge state lawmakers to pass a legislation that would allow licensed pharmacists to handle shots.

Currently New York City ranks 39th for flu vaccination and 41st for pneumonia vaccination. Health officials are worried about low rates and urge lawmakers to take certain measures. Vaccinations at pharmacists are estimated to increase the number of shot takers by 50000.

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Flu Vaccine Becomes Weak

Flu season is on its peak, doctors urge everyone to get vaccinated, but this year's virus seems to be smartened. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is worried with vaccine efficiency decreased compared to the previous years.

Flu vaccine was proved to kill from 70 to 90% of virus bags, but according to CDC's next week's announcement, vaccine efficiency was decreased to 50%. Currently, researches are already reporting only 40% efficiency. This week 44 US states reported widespread flu cases, compared to past week's 31 states.

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