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Updates on the current Flu situation

President Obama declares national emergency over swine flu pandemic; but why?

According to the CDC, swine flu infections have already peaked, and the pandemic is on its way out. Peak infection time was the middle of October, where one in five U.S. children experienced the flu, says the CDC. Out of nearly 14,000 suspected flu cases tested during the week ending on October 10, 2009, 99.6% of those were influenza A, and the vast majority of those were confirmed as H1N1 swine flu infections.

Tests show flu spreads from schools

Results of tens of thousands of flu tests indicate that the pandemic H1N1 virus is spreading from school-aged children to the rest of the U.S. population, makers of the tests say.

Wed Oct 21, 2009

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Results of tens of thousands of flu tests indicate that the pandemic H1N1 virus is spreading from school-aged children to the rest of the U.S. population, makers of the tests say.

Woman Takes Seasonal Flu Shot - Disabled for Life

Desiree Jennings recently heeded the warnings of the CDC and WHO and received her seasonal flu vaccination, hoodwinked by all the scare tactics employed by these health organizations.

Desiree Jennings recently heeded the warnings of the CDC and WHO and received her seasonal flu vaccination, hoodwinked by all the scare tactics employed by these health organizations.

Nasal spray flu vaccine becoming available

By LAURAN NEERGAARD (AP) – 02 Oct 09

WASHINGTON — The long-awaited first vaccinations against swine flu — the squirt-in-the-nose kind — begin early next week in parts of the country, and states are urging people to be patient until more arrives.

Just a trickle of vaccine, 600,000 doses of the nasal spray FluMist, will be divided among 21 states and four large cities by Tuesday, with more small shipments to more states later in the week.

Many swine flu deaths linked with second infection

Wed Sep 30, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many people who have died of swine flu infections in the United States have also had bacterial infections, health officials reported on Wednesday.

A study of 77 patients who died of the new pandemic H1N1 virus showed 29 percent of them had so-called bacterial co-infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

About half of these had Streptococcus pneumoniae, which can be prevented with a vaccine, the CDC said.

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Boston launches flu shot tracking

Vaccine Tracking Bracelet

City to pinpoint areas of low rates of vaccination

By Stephen Smith

Globe Staff / November 21, 2008

Using technology originally developed for mass disasters, Boston disease trackers are embarking on a novel experiment - one of the first in the country - aimed at eventually creating a citywide registry of everyone who has had a flu vaccination.

The resulting vaccination map would allow swift intervention in neighborhoods left vulnerable to the fast-moving respiratory illness.

Swine flu vaccine goes to local health workers first

A pharmaceutical worker gets a seasonal flu vaccine in Pittsburgh.

By MARY SHEDDEN | The Tampa Tribune

Published: September 29, 2009

Health care workers will likely be the first to get swine flu vaccines in Hillsborough County.

Roughly 11,000 doses of a nasal spray vaccine will arrive locally in the next few weeks, and will be distributed to agencies serving people identified as at higher risk for catching or transmitting the fast-spreading virus.

Swine flu is responsible for 91 deaths in Florida, said Steve Huard, spokesman for the Hillsborough County Health Department.