Swine Flu

Virus-destroying face mask to be distributed to nursing homes

A medical face mask that catches and destroys 99.9% of infectious viruses - and kills them within five minutes - has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The masks have been approved for use in nursing homes and other healthcare settings.

Just another superbug

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There's been a lot of discussion lately about a new superbug. Apparently, it may not be as "super powerful" as some people may think.

Concern over swine flu diminishing, new survey finds

If you think the worst of the swine flu has passed, you're not alone: A new poll shows that nearly half of all Americans believe the H1N1 outbreak is waning.

Federal officials scramble to alleviate flu vaccine shortage at nursing homes

Federal officials scramble to alleviate flu vaccine shortage at nursing homes

A nationwide shortage of seasonal flu vaccines at nursing homes has forced federal health officials to redirect existing supplies from chain pharmacies and supermarkets to facilities.

H1N1, seasonal flu on the decline--for now

H1N1, seasonal flu on the decline--for now

The swine flu appears to have peaked in the U.S., but the pandemic and other forms of flu can hit several peaks in a season, U.S. health officials said.

State Supreme Court temporarily halts mandatory H1N1 vaccine program for healthcare workers

The New York State Supreme Court has temporarily suspended a controversial rule that would require most healthcare workers to receive both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.

CDC continues to support respirator use among healthcare workers during H1N1 pandemic

CDC continues to support respirator use among healthcare workers during H1N1 pandemic

Healthcare workers who are in close contact with patients having suspected or confirmed H1N1 flu should use N95 respirators, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in interim guidance released Wednesday.

No rest for long-term care providers with swine flu lurking

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It turns out that seniors, and therefore, long-term care residents, are not entirely safe from the influence of H1N1 after all.

H1N1 vaccine could be available by end of month

Health officials say the H1N1 flu vaccine could be available as early as three weeks from now. And only one dose may be needed for each recipient.

Flu vaccinations critical for healthcare workers, APIC warns

Flu vaccinations critical for healthcare workers, APIC warns

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control released a statement Monday urging all healthcare workers to get vaccinated against both seasonal flu and H1N1. It also suggested recourse for workers who refuse the vaccine.

Half of Americans could catch swine flu, healthcare workers still reluctant to get vaccinated

Half of Americans could catch swine flu, healthcare workers still reluctant to get vaccinated

Slightly less than half the population of the United States could become infected with the H1N1 flu this fall and winter, according to a presidential panel. That trails findings that healthcare workers are still hesitant about receiving the H1N1 vaccine.

CDC predicts H1N1 virus to affect 40% of Americans

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Wednesday to decide on an approach for inoculating Americans against the H1N1 virus. That comes after the agency projected that the virus could affect up to 40% of the U.S. population.

Feds spending billions to prepare for more complex flu season

In light of the continued spread of the H1N1 virus and the approaching 2009-2010 flu season, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the allocation of billions of dollars in influenza preparedness funding and additional vaccine purchases.

Vaccinate healthcare workers first to stem spread of influenza, Joint Commission says

The Joint Commission, an independent healthcare accreditation and certification organization, on Wednesday released guidance for increased healthcare worker influenza vaccinations.

Swine flu infections, deaths surge In recent days

The world, with the United States leading the way, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of swine flu cases since Friday, the World Health Organization said Monday.