An American flu pandemic would present difficult and tragic choices: As many as 90 million people might become sick, shortages of vaccine could leave more than 90% of the population unprotected in the pandemic's first year.
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An intranasal influenza vaccine proved to be more effective than the injectable influenza vaccine in children older than 6 months and younger than 5 years of age.
A clinical trial is testing a pandemic flu vaccine using a classic alum adjuvant to improve individuals' immune response and possibly allow a lower amount of antigen to be used per dose.
Using supercomputers to respond to a potential national health emergency, scientists have developed a simulation model that makes stark predictions about the possible future course of an avian influenza pandemic.
This spiny fruit may become an important source of a chemical needed to make a lifesaving drug against bird flu: a drug that is currently in short supply worldwide.
A recent avian disease outreak offers important clues for bird flu preparedness.
An influenza virus's success in life is measured by its genetic track record, its ability to pass on genes from one generation to the next.
Flu shots do not work as well in older adults who have recently experienced the death of a family member or close friend.
It is likely the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain will spread to this country, and the U.S. Government is taking steps to prepare for and minimize the potential impact of bird flu.
Home health care providers will play an important role in caring for the sick during an influenza pandemic
Preemies should be protected from potentially dangerous respiratory illnesses, say experts from Children's Hospital Boston and NANN.
If avian flu is coming in and you want to stop it from spreading, you might want to vaccinate the people who are transmitting it to everyone else.
Evidence gros to support call not to use certain type of anti viral drugs for treatment of influenza A virus for the rest of the 2006 flu season.
The herbal supplement echinacea, when taken in certain forms, may help shorten the duration and severity of cold symptoms but is not effective for preventing the common cold.
The symptoms of bird flu often are relatively mild and close contact with dead or sick poultry is needed for transmission of the avian flu to humans.
The flu vaccination rate for blacks is 15 percent lower than for whites and for Hispanics is 18 percent lower.
To improve flu immunization rates for cardiac patients, heart doctors and clinics need to stress need for vaccination and have vaccine available on site.
Approximately 2.5 million people received the intranasal flu vaccine the last 2 flu seasons and no serious risks were identified.
This flu study will determine whether this nasal vaccine or a combination of vaccines should be available in the future for infants and toddlers.