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Swine Flu Vaccine Seems Safe: Experts

Despite persistent public concern that H1N1 vaccines being tested might have unforeseen side effects, experts reiterated Thursday that so far, at least, the shots seem safe.

“There have been no red flags at all,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told HealthDay.

A trial designed to test the vaccine on healthy adults began on Aug. 7, while another trial involving children started Aug. 18.

“We wanted to wait about a week after the first trial to see if there were any glaring safety issues. There were not, so one-and-a-half weeks later, we started the trial in children,” Fauci said.

US gears for huge swine flu vaccination push

Anxiously eyeing the approach of winter, US health officials are urgently gearing up for a huge vaccine campaign hoping Americans will swing behind efforts to protect them from swine flu.

“Ultimately, the number of people that we hope will be vaccinated before the fall winter wave of H1N1 arrives will exceed any of the previous vaccine campaigns that we’ve conducted in this country,” Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told AFP.

‘First’ swine-flu death in Africa

South Africa has confirmed its first death from swine flu, believed to be the first documented fatality from the virus in sub-Saharan Africa.

Health officials said a 22-year-old student had died on 28 July, and tests had confirmed the cause of death as the H1N1 influenza virus.

The country has had at least 150 confirmed swine flu cases – easily the highest rate in sub-Saharan Africa.

The illness has caused hundreds of deaths in North and South America.

Dozens more have died in Asia and Europe.

Wal-Mart weighs role in U.S. H1N1 vaccination plans

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Wal-Mart weighs role in U.S. H1N1 vaccination plans

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is discussing with U.S. health officials the possibility of putting vaccination sites at some of its stores for an H1N1 swine flu inoculation campaign this fall, a company official said on Thursday.

Federal officials met with Wal-Mart executives on Wednesday in Arkansas to discuss the issue, Dr. John Agwunobi, president of health and wellness for Wal-Mart U.S., told public health leaders at a conference in Orlando.

“We are in discussions with CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and others in local and state departments to see what role we might play,” Agwunobi said. “It might be we are a site. It may be help with logistics and with supply chain.”

Greece to vaccinate all citizens for swine flu: minister

ATHENS (AFP) – Greece is to vaccinate its entire population against swine flu, Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos announced on Friday.

“It was decided under the order of  Prime Minister (Costas Karamanlis) to vaccinate all citizens and residents of the country,” Avramopoulos told a news conference after an inner cabinet meeting.

“Our country will be among the first to obtain the vaccines but they will not be used before official international and European authorisation,” he said.

Health Highlights: July 17, 2009

Hepatitis C Investigation Is Widened

An investigation into the spread of the Hepatitis C virus by a Colorado hospital worker has been expanded to two other states – New York and Texas –  where the woman previously worked, the Associated Press reported.


According to Colorado officials, the woman, reportedly addicted to painkillers, took syringes filled with fentanyl, a powerful narcotic painkiller, from operating room carts and replaced them with used syringes filled with saline solution. The action is believed to have contaminated not only the swapped syringes but the containers of saline solution, the AP said.