Comprehensive Review on Influenza Disease and Vaccine to Prevent It - Or Why Can't I Get a Flu Shot?

NEW CANAAN, CT — Fever, cough, aches and chills mean one thing to most of us as the winter months draw near—influenza, the flu, is circulating again in our community. If we could avoid the misery and potential complications, most of us would choose to do so. Each year, we hope there will be plentiful vaccine, yet once again we have scarce supply.

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Global Health Experts Strategize Vaccine Plan for Pandemic Influenza Outbreaks

COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY — Health experts wrapped up a meeting here Tuesday to formulate recommendations for vaccine policy in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak. The group acknowledges that routine annual influenza epidemics would be overshadowed by the looming calamity posed by a pandemic influenza event.

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Health Experts Take Up Vaccine Strategy for Would-Be Pandemic Influenza Outbreaks

NEW CANAAN, CT — A global flu outbreak—flu pandemic—strikes three or four times in a century, with a new strain of flu met by weak immune resistance around the globe. The pandemic flu of 1918 killed 40 million people; at least two lesser pandemics occurred in the last half of the 20th century.

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Hookworm Disease Weighs Heavily on the Developing World Poor

NEW CANAAN, CT, August 19, 2004—An article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine calls attention to the enormous impact of parasitic hookworm infection on the developing world poor. The authors of “Current Concepts: Hookworm Infection” have studied the parasite over many years and describe the disturbing effects of mild infection as well as the disease state that results from heavy hookworm infection.

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Experts Convene in Mexico City for International Symposium on Rotavirus (series of four releases)

Mexico City, July 7, 2004 (PAHO)—Rotavirus "is a major, major public health priority" for Mexico and for the Americas, Mexican Health Minister Dr. Julio Frenk said today at the opening of a global symposium on rotavirus, where health experts will spend three days discussing the latest information about the deadly disease.

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Sabin Vaccine Institute Honors DNA Scientist James Watson and Biotechnology Pioneer Chiron at Annual Benefit Event

NEW CANAAN, CT—The Sabin Vaccine Institute will celebrate a Salute to Life-Saving Discoveries during its benefit dinner at The Pierre Hotel in New York City May 12. The evening will feature the presentation of awards to Nobel laureate James D. Watson, PhD, and to Howard Pien, president and CEO of Chiron Corporation.

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Fifty Years of Miracles: H.R. Shepherd and Peter J. Hotez Recall the Legacy of Vaccine Advances

NEW CANAAN, Conn., April 27 — Fifty years ago, six-year-old Randy Kerr from McLean, Virginia, was officially designated the nation's first child to be vaccinated with an experimental polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk in his University of Pittsburgh laboratory. Over the next several months thousands of children who became known as "Polio Pioneers" stepped up to receive their polio injections as part of an enormous vaccine field trial.

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Former CDC Immunization Program Director Joins Board of Sabin Vaccine Institute

NEW CANAAN, CT—The Board of Trustees of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute announced the election of their newest board member, Walter Orenstein, MD. Recently recruited as Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Orenstein’s posts at Emory will include director of the Program for Vaccine Policy and Development and associate director of the Vaccine Center. Dr.

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