March 10 Flu UpdateCIDRAP outbreaks in India and Vietnam, as reported yesterday.
New reasons to worry for Calcutta.
Very interesting...China is saying it had 12 cases this year.....and calls situation "complicated." Read between the lines alert.
Today's best article. What did we learn for pandemic planning from this year's seasonal flu? Overcrowded ERs, vaccinated people getting sick....CIDRAP reports.
In the meantime, however, clinicians are concerned about the impression that the vaccine mismatch and the resulting flu cases will leave. Several times over the past decade, flu-vaccine problems—manufacturing problems, late vaccine delivery, an early-arriving season—have dented flu-vaccine uptake the following year.
"We will need to really clearly and plainly explain that each year, the experts make their best educated guess . . . and some years are spot-on and some years are a mismatch," said Dr. David Kimberlin, professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "The burden is on the medical community to say that, if we do not have a complete match, you are still getting some protection, and it is better to have partial protection than none."
Some say this flu season has more lessons to teach. In Florida, emergency physician Ramirez—also a disaster-readiness consultant—ticked off the components: a significant flu-virus drift, a vaccine-manufacturing system that could not keep up, seriously ill patients, and an overwhelmed healthcare system.
"These are exactly the things we ought to be prepared for in an influenza pandemic, and we were not prepared," he said. "We ought to consider this flu season as a warning to healthcare and industry. This is a gunshot across our bow.
"CIDRAP on another case in Egypt.
Bird flu back in West Bengal---must be smuggling.
Culling commences in West Bengal.
CIDRAP best practices---Kansas has tool to assess at-risk populations.
Japan eyes a mutation-proof flu vaccine.
Op-ED piece asks if Colorado is ready for a pandemic.
A wrong guess on the seasonal flu vaccine?