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From MSNBC:

Too many H1N1 shots? Push this week will tell
WASHINGTON - First there was too little swine flu vaccine. Now could there be way too much?

This week will tell. Get ready for a huge flu-shot push as health officials try to rekindle interest in protection against this new influenza strain that, despite plummeting cases, still is threatening lives – even as they reassess just how much more vaccine needs to be shipped.

There's finally plenty of vaccine – 136 million doses and counting – against what scientists call the 2009 H1N1 flu strain.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34809496/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Comment: Got mine today. For anybody in the USA, the vaccine is being offered by both CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.
 
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From The Maritime Global Net:

ISF CONCERN OVER SWINE FLU ACTIONS
The International Shipping Federation (ISF), together with the UK's Association of Port Health Authorities, Hamburg Port Health Center and Germany's Institute for Occupational and Maritime Medicine, has responded to what it see as an over-reaction by some port health authorities the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic.
More at http://www.mglobal.com/news/dailystorydetails.cfm?storyid=10594&type=2
 
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From MSNBC:

Did drug companies influence H1N1 warnings?
GENEVA - The World Health Organization is to examine its handling of the H1N1 pandemic, the group said on Tuesday, after accusations by some politicians that it exaggerated the dangers of the virus under pressure from drug companies.

The United Nations health agency will review the way it dealt with the outbreak of swine flu once the pandemic has subsided, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a news briefing.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34821348/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Comment: Tinfoil beanie time, kiddies!
 
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From Global Security.org:

H1N1 Reality Far Lower than Expectations, says British Medical Journal
The British Medical Journal is taking a hard look at H1N1, examining why the flu strain did not become the huge epidemic that many feared it would.

The World Health Organization says the latest estimate indicates 13,000 people around the world have died from H1N1. It says it expects that number to be much larger when the final estimate is released in the coming months. In comparison, the seasonal flu kills about 36,000 people each year in the United States.
More at http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/news/2010/01/sec-100115-voa01.htm
 
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From MSNBC:

‘Fake’ swine flu pandemic? WHO slams charges
GENEVA - The World Health Organization on Monday slammed as "irresponsible" critics who claim swine flu is a fake pandemic created for the benefit of drug companies.

The U.N. health agency said the outbreak of a new strain of H1N1 influenza in North America last year had all the scientific characteristics of a pandemic, adding the WHO was never improperly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry that has benefited from huge government orders for vaccines and anti-viral drugs.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35057450/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Comment: The tinfoil hat crowd is alive, well, and as irrational as ever.
 
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From Global Security.org:

Swine Flu deaths in India rises to 1229: Report
New Delhi, Feb 1, IRNA - Eight more people have died of Swine Flu in India, taking the toll due to the deadliest flu in the country so far to 1229.

Two of these deaths - one each in Maharashtra and Gujarat - were reported during Sunday. Besides, six deaths occurred in recent days - five in Gujarat and one in Maharashtra, said an official statement of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
More at http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/news/2010/02/sec-100201-irna02.htm

Comment: It's still out there but the newsies appear to have little interest in it now. I guess since it didn't result in worldwide mega-death, they're a bit disappointed.
 
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From MSNBC:

Swine flu sickened 57 million Americans
ATLANTA - Swine flu cases are down, but health officials say the disease's cumulative impact has grown to 57 million U.S. illnesses, 257,000 hospitalizations and 11,690 deaths, including 1,180 children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35367744/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Comment: Whether or not this will close the books on this remains to be seen.
 
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From MSNBC:

Fighting swine flu fatigue with weird marketing
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Marco Torres stood on a busy road and waved an oversized yellow arrow with an unconventional message for a street marketing campaign: “FREE TODAY: H1N1 Flu Shots for All.”￾

Local health officials launched the human billboard campaign at a time when health departments around the country are going to great lengths to spread the word that swine flu shots are available for free to anyone who wants one.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35467666/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Comment: This might seem a bit of comic relief but there's also an opportunity here. While the virus is on the wane, "on the wane" is not the same thing as "gone." With the vaccine easy to get, now would be a good time to get it. And for where it's offered free, you can't beat the price!
 
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From MSNBC:

Millions of H1N1 vaccine doses may be tossed
Despite months of dire warnings and millions in taxpayer dollars, less than half of the 229 million doses of H1N1 vaccine the government bought to fight the pandemic have been administered -- leaving an estimated 71.5 million doses that must be discarded if they are not used before they expire.

Between 81 million and 91 million doses of swine flu vaccine were injected into peoples' arms or squirted up their noses through the end of February, according to federal officials, leaving about 138 million doses unused.
Two page story begins at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36128336/ns/health-more_health_news/
 
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From MSNBC:

New England leads U.S. in swine flu shots
ATLANTA - New England leads the nation in swine flu vaccinations, while the South has the lowest rates, U.S. health officials said Thursday in the first state-by-state report on turnout.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36141306/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Comment: For whatever interest it might bring, the article claims that during the pandemic, 60million Americans came down with this bug of which 265,000 were hospitalized and around 12,000 killed.
 
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From MSNBC:

One benefit of swine flu: Less food poisoning
ATLANTA - Americans suffered a bit less food poisoning last year.

There were significant drops in illnesses from shigella and the most dangerous form of E. coli, according to a government report released Thursday. But overall, food poisoning rates have been flat for more than five years.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36563447/ns/health-infectious_diseases/

Related story at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36565157/ns/us_news/
 
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From Global Security.org:

Despite Success Against Avian Flu, H5N1 Virus Remains Entrenched in 5 Countries
U.N. officials say over the past four years, great strides have been made in many countries in eliminating the H5N1 virus, or avian flu. Nevertheless, the threat remains.

The Food and Agriculture Organization says a “concerted international effort “has rid the virus from poultry in almost all the countries it infected at the peak of its outbreak in 2006. But, it remains entrenched in Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and China.
More at http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/news/2010/04/sec-100416-voa01.htm

Comment: You read that right. They're sweating over another one.
 
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From MSNBC:

1 year after H1N1, Mexicans question response
MEXICO CITY - When this city of 8.7 million awoke one year ago to confusing news of a new virus, it sent the world on a wild six-month roller-coaster ride of fear and frantic action.

But after swine flu proved far less lethal than feared, opinion has divided on whether the epidemic was a valuable test-run that left the world better prepared to handle a more lethal avian flu pandemic, or an episode that left the public jaded and weary.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36735684/ns/health-cold_and_flu/

Comment: Would these people be happier if so many had died so quickly that it would have taken a legion of backhoes to dig the mass graves???
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