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FDA Approves Vaccines for Upcoming Flu Season, CDC Updates Recommendations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced approval of a new vaccine formulation for the 2012-2013 influenza season. In related news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued revised flu vaccine guidelines, keeping in place the recommendation that all people age 6 months and older should receive a vaccine for the upcoming flu season. alt

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H1N1 'Swine Flu' Deaths May Have Approached 300,000 Worldwide

The 2009 H1N1 influenza A epidemic may have caused approximately 284,500 deaths worldwide, about 15 times more than previously thought, according to a new estimates published in the June 26, 2012 advance online edition of Lancet Infectious Diseases.alt

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CDC Reports 3 Cases of New Swine Flu in Iowa

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 3 cases of a new variety of swine flu in Iowa. The virus is a "reassortant" or mutated strain carrying genes from the 2009 pandemic H1N1 flu virus and H3N2 swine-origin virus. All 3 children -- who had no known contact with pigs -- recovered without complications, and there is no evidence of sustained transmission among humans at this time.alt

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Flu Season Advice for People Living with HIV

Ronald Valdiserri from the White House Office of HIV/AIDS Policy last week provided an updated overview of information to help people with HIV stay healthy during the flu season. HIV positive people -- especially those with advanced immune deficiency -- are more susceptible to influenza infection and have a higher risk for complications, though some recent studies have not demonstrated worse outcomes.alt

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New Swine Flu Viruses Identified in 2 Children in U.S.

Last month 2 children in Indiana and Pennsylvania were diagnosed with novel strains of swine-origin influenza A (H3N2), according to a September 2, 2011, early online edition of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Both children with the virus -- which is distinct from the H1N1 pandemic influenza A identified in 2009 -- had fevers and other typical flu symptoms, but recovered without complications.alt

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