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From MSNBC:

800,000 doses of kids’ H1N1 vaccine recalled
ATLANTA - Hundreds of thousands of swine flu shots for children have been recalled because tests indicate the vaccine doses lost some strength, government health officials said Tuesday.

The shots, made by Sanofi Pasteur, were distributed across the country last month and most have already been used, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34432437/ns/health-cold_and_flu/
 
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From MSNBC:

Swine flu vaccine now plentiful in half the states
ATLANTA - After weeks of shortages, swine flu vaccine is plentiful enough that nearly half the states now say everyone can get it, not just people in high-risk groups.

But the good news comes with a challenge for health officials: how to keep persuading people to get vaccinated when swine flu infections are waning.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34452843/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Related story from The Navy Newsstand:

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Works to Immunize Against Flu
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Beneficiaries have been arriving by the hundreds at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and its branch clinics since the facilities started administering H1N1 flu vaccines to all dependents and retirees on Dec. 4.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=50114
 
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Well, I'll tell you something. This vaccine really hurts! The arm is painful a day or so after the jab, though not at all at the time. Not to worry though, if it works. But will it? The evidence is, apparently, if your immune system kicks in and develops vague 'flu-like' symptoms. No sign of that, sadly. Just a sore arm and normal behaviour. Drat! Oh well, never mind.
 
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I've never had any unpleasant side effects from a vaccine beyond a slightly sore arm, and maybe a few sniffles.

Big deal.

Considering what it protects me from, it's a small price to pay.

From Global Security.org:

WHO: Premature to Call Swine Flu Pandemic Over
The World Health Organization says it is too soon to call the H1N1, Swine Flu pandemic over. A Senior WHO official says the virus is expected to continue circulating for some time to come and countries should continue to take steps to protect their populations.
More at http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/news/2009/12/sec-091217-voa02.htm

Related story from MSNBC:

More H1N1 vaccine has U.S. urging shots for all
Swine flu cases starting to ebb, but scientists worry about third wave.

WASHINGTON - A flu shot for the holidays?

Finally, the nation’s supply of swine flu vaccine will reach 100 million doses by week’s end, opening the way for everyone, not just those at highest risk, to get protected.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34465289/ns/health-cold_and_flu/
 
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Yes, Mike's right - a sore arm and a few sniffles are a very small price to pay for immunity. The problem is, do you know if you've got immunity if you had no sniffles?

Actually, very few people actually get 'flu. Think about the number of us, and then think about those who get desperate 'flu. Not that many. Yes, vulnerable people need to be protected, but the really interesting question is why it doesn't affect most of us. The answer could be staring us in the face.
 
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>>...but the really interesting question is why it doesn't affect most of us.<<

Could be a lot of reasons for this, not the least of which is that constant exposure to the disease, the occasional bout with it, and frequent immunizations may tend to lead towards building up immunity. That or just being very resistant to it's worst effects if you do get hit with it.
 
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From MSNBC:

60 million in U.S. vaccinated against swine flu
About 60 million Americans have received the swine flu vaccine, including a large proportion of children, a government health official said Tuesday.

That estimate comes as supplies of the H1N1 vaccine have vastly increased, with about 111 million doses available now in places as varied as doctors offices, shopping malls and retail pharmacies.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34525214/ns/health-cold_and_flu/
 
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From MSNBC:

Swine flu poses a threat to new mothers, too
LOS ANGELES - Swine flu is not only dangerous to pregnant women, but it's a threat to new mothers too, the first study to document this risk shows.

An analysis of pregnant women and new mothers who were hospitalized with swine flu in California found that those who had a baby in the previous two weeks were at higher risk of severe flu complications.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34577829/ns/health-cold_and_flu/
 
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From MSNBC:

WHO: H1N1 moderate, but harsher on young
GENEVA - The H1N1 flu pandemic is moderate but infects and sometimes kills much younger people than traditional seasonal influenza, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

Comparing the number of deaths from the pandemic virus known as swine flu with those from seasonal influenza can be misleading, the U.N. agency said.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34524646/ns/health-cold_and_flu/
 
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From Global Security.org:

Nine swine flu deaths in Pakistan prompt fear
Islamabad, Dec 25, IRNA -- The death of at least nine people from H1N1 influenza since May 2009 has led to rising public fear and concern, and experts are calling on the government to introduce more preventative measures.

Screening was introduced at airports during the summer but little else has been done to combat the disease.
More at http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/news/2009/12/sec-091225-irna01.htm
 
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From MSNBC:

Swine flu may drag into 2011, WHO chief says
GENEVA - Many more people could become sick with swine flu this winter even though it has peaked in North America and some European countries, the head of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

The worst of the swine flu outbreak is over in the United States, Canada, Britain and some other countries in the northern hemisphere, said Dr. Margaret Chan.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34620754/ns/health-cold_and_flu/
 
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From MSNBC:

Waning H1N1 pandemic may let in new viruses
LONDON - The declining wave of pandemic H1N1 flu is likely to be followed by new, unknown strains of seasonal flu which health authorities must watch carefully to devise protection measures, European flu experts said on Friday.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned that flu viruses "never stand still" and said governments should not relax H1N1 flu vaccination programs, but remain on guard for possible changes in the virus and new strains.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34765068/ns/health-cold_and_flu/
 
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From The Daily Yomiuri:

Quarantine at ports found ineffective against new flu
The number of people infected with new flu who passed undetected through airport quarantine between April last year, when the new strain of influenza began spreading, and May was about 14 times higher than the number of infected people stopped at the airports, according to a study carried out by Tokyo University.
More at http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20100108TDY02305.htm

Comment: And they expected what? Just because one is infected doesn't mean that one will show symptoms, but it's still possible to pass it on.
 
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From MSNBC:

CDC: Swine flu now widespread only in 1 state
ATLANTA - Swine flu infections continue to drop and only one state – Alabama – was reporting widespread cases last week.
Brief story at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34769069/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Comment: Ever so hopefully, we won't be hearing much more about this. But don't worry, there will be something coming up next year which the media wants us all to be frightened of.
 

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