Flu

10:01pm

Sun March 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Bird Flu Studies Getting Another Round Of Scrutiny By Panel

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 6:50 am

Health Department officials cull birds and put them in sacks after bird flu virus was detected in Bhubaneswar, India.
Biswaranjan Rout AP

In June of 2009, a committee met at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to do a routine safety review of proposed research projects.

One of those projects involved genetically modifying flu viruses. And during the review, the committee brought up the idea of "dual-use" research. "Dual use" means legitimate scientific work that's intended to advance science or medicine, but that also might be misused with the intent to do harm.

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9:00am

Thu February 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Flu Bug: Missing In Action

Ramon Maldonado-Cardenas grimaces as he gets a flu shot from pharmacy student Khoa Truong during a health fair in Sacramento, Calif., last October.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

It's been a weird winter. It's warm when it should be cold. There's mud where there should be snow. Flowers are blooming way ahead of schedule. Wildlife seems confused.

Well, here's one more weirdness: The flu season seems to be largely M.I.A.

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11:21am

Fri February 17, 2012
Health

Flu Showing Up Later, but Already in Many Places

Daniel Dimarco Flickr – Creative Commons

Health officials say flu season is finally here – marking one the latest starts in nearly 25 years. Nationally, people typically begin showing symptoms in December or January. Flu activity has also been slow in Larimer County. But that’s expected to change.

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1:05am

Fri February 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Questions About Bird Flu Research Swirl Around Private WHO Meeting

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 8:37 am

H5N1 avian flu viruses (seen in gold) grow inside canine kidney cells (seen in green).
Cynthia Goldsmith CDC

A closed-door meeting to discuss controversial bird flu research is drawing to a close at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and the WHO plans to publicly report on what happened once it's officially over.

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2:22pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When Flu Pandemics Hit, Closing Schools Can Slow Spread

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:46 am

Students at a University of London class in Mexico City wear masks to protect them against swine flu in May 2009. High schools and universities closed by the pandemic had just reopened across Mexico.
Brennan Linsley AP

Everyone knows that when your kids get the flu, they stay home from school.

But what does it take to justify closing the school down entirely? That's a question we should probably answer before the next big pandemic hits.

At one point during the swine flu outbreak in 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "The potential benefits of preemptively dismissing students from school are often outweighed by negative consequences," such as disruption of classes and hassles for parents.

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