The future of influenza vaccines.
Authors: de Jong MD, Sanders RW
PMID: 19808769 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]"
Children aged 6 months through 9 years should receive two doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine roughly 4 weeks apart, the CDC announced in MMWR.
The report details the differing age-range approvals for the manufacturers:
The injectable formulations are adjuvant-free and contain inactivated virus; the intranasal formulation contains live attenuated virus and shouldn’t be administered to children under 2, adults over 49, pregnant women, people with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu complications, and children under 5 who’ve had a wheezing episode within a year. All the vaccines contain egg protein, and the article’s table provides details on those containing mercury."
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Standard surgical masks are as effective as fit-tested N95 respirators in protecting healthcare workers against influenza, according to a JAMA report published online.
Some 450 Ontario nurses working in emergency departments, medical units, and pediatric units were randomized to use either a fit-tested N95 respirator or a surgical mask when caring for patients with febrile respiratory illnesses during the 2008-2009 flu season. By study’s end, roughly 23% of each group had suffered a laboratory-confirmed influenza infection, showing the noninferiority of surgical masks for protection.
The authors warn that their results “should not be generalized to settings where there is a high risk for aerosolization, such as intubation or bronchoscopy, where use of an N95 respirator would be prudent.”
Editorialists say that masks and respirators should be considered the “last line of defense” in infection control in influenza, with the first being annual vaccination of healthcare personnel."
Novel H1N1 Influenza and Respiratory Protection for Health Care Workers
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Guidelines from the CDC recommend the use of an N95 filtering facepiece respirator. Drs. Kenneth Shine, Bonnie Rogers, and Lewis Goldfrank discuss the efficacy of personal respiratory protection measures, medical masks, and respirators.
CDC and FDA Response to Risk of Confusion in Dosing Tamiflu Oral Suspension
D.S. Budnitz and Others
Together, the CDC and the FDA have acted promptly to provide information that emphasizes appropriate dosing and dispensing of Tamiflu for oral suspension.