Friday, June 10, 2011

Influenza update

The June 3 MMWR summarized influenza activity in the US for the 2010-11 season. The report also included FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommendation that there be no change to any of the three components from the 2010-11 flu vaccine formulation in the US for the 2011-12 flu season. The full report is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6021a5.htm?s_cid=mm6021a5_w

US CDC published a special supplement on influenza and pregnant women in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – available at http://www.ajog.org/issues?issue_key=S0002-9378(11)X0005-4. Among the key findings in the supplement are clear and consistent evidence that pregnant women are at risk for severe complications (including admission to an intensive care unit and death) from influenza.

Maine CDC has issued a letter to all schools and health care providers that participated in school-located vaccine clinics (SLVC) during the 2010-11 school year with basic guidance and a timeline for those who wish to participate in SLVC for the coming school year. The letter is available at www.maineflu.gov

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