H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Activity up at some colleges, New Zealand shots start, Ig deficiency may predict flu severity, Czech official has flu, concern over flu at Olympics

first_imgFeb 3, 2010 Flu activity up slightly at some US collegesFlu activity was up a bit at colleges last week, though the levels haven’t changed significantly over the past 6 weeks, consistent with the decreasing national trend, the American College Health Association (ACHA) said today in its latest update. The attack rate was 2.6 per 10,000 students, about 15% higher than the previous week. No new deaths or hospitalizations were reported. Overall vaccine uptake remained at 9%, but rates were as high as 40% in some states.http://www.acha.org/ILI_Project/ILI_Surveillance.cfmACHA report for the week ending Jan 29New Zealand begins H1N1 vaccinationNew Zealand, which saw some of the earliest deaths from H1N1 influenza during its 2009 winter flu season, has received its first doses of H1N1 vaccine and is scheduling a national shot campaign. The first recipients of the 1 million doses will be health workers, pregnant women, young children, and the chronically ill. The Southern Hemisphere country is concerned that the virus may return from the Northern Hemisphere and trigger an earlier than usual flu season.http://tvnz.co.nz/health-news/health-workers-line-up-vaccine-3347994Feb 3 ONE News reportImmunoglobulin deficiency may predict flu outcomeAustralian researchers say they have identified an immune-system protein that may play a key role in determining the severity of H1N1 flu infection. Among patients hospitalized with H1N1 flu, there was a correlation between severity of symptoms and deficiency in immunoglobulin G2, which supports early response to infection. The authors say that may explain the seriousness of H1N1 flu in pregnant women, because pregnancy mutes immune responses, and may point to a predictive test or treatment.Feb 1 Clinical Infectious Diseases abstracthttp://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/650462Czech Republic health chief contracts fluMichael Vit, chief health officer of the Czech Republic, told media in that country that he is home sick with a flu infection that is presumed to be H1N1 influenza, according to Reuters. Vit oversaw flu vaccinations for key members of the government but missed his own because of an overseas trip, the news service said. Vit’s ministry led recently abandoned plans for mandatory vaccination of the Czech armed forces.http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE61124E.htmFeb 2 Reuters reportCDC warns about flu at Vancouver OlympicsWith the 2010 Olympic Winter Games set to begin in Vancouver, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a set of travel tips it calls “Stop, wash and go.” The agency recommends that attendees receive H1N1 flu vaccine before leaving, delay their departures if they feel unwell, cover coughs and sneezes, and wash their hands frequently. It also suggests taking a travel health kit containing hand sanitizer, tissues, and pain and fever medications.http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r100202.htmFeb 2 CDC travel advicelast_img

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