Apr 12th, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently unveiled an updated plan for pandemic flu preparedness and response. The revised plan (which builds on a 2007 plan) incorporates lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. The U.S. will collaborate with its neighbors, Canada and Mexico, “on surveillance and early warning systems for disease ...
In Billing
Oct 14th, 2011
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed three cases of human infection with swine origin influenza A (H3) viruses in Pennsylvania, as of Sept. 6. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all three infected children under age 10 attended the Washington County Agricultural Fair the week of Aug. 13-20. “It′s pretty ...
Aug 13th, 2010
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is updating its recommendations for the 2010-11 influenza season in the United States in light of data suggesting: increased risk of febrile seizures in children aged 6 months through 4 years following 2010 Fluvax or Fluvax Jr.; higher frequency of reported fever in ...
In Coding
Jul 30th, 2010
Last year, approximately 162 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine were distributed and roughly 90 million were administered. What happened to the remaining 72 million doses? The federal government estimates that as many as 40 million of those vaccines have expired, and the rest are sitting in cold storage somewhere. Under the government’s Voluntary Central ...
Jul 16th, 2010
Physicians will soon have a new test they can use to diagnose patients with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. Developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and authorized for use June 22 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the new test will replace the previous real-time RT-PCR diagnostic test ...