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Friday
Nov062009

CDC Asks State and Local Health Departments to Vaccinate High Risk Groups First Against H1N1

The CDC recently put out a Letter to all State and local health officials urging them to restrict vaccinations to High Risk groups.

Currently demand for the vaccination is exceeding the supply currently available, though more is on the way.

The letter highlights the need to vaccinate those in high risk groups first, and the CDC is asking that State and Local Health departments ensure equitable access to the vaccine.

 

 

Monday
Mar302009

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Used On Human For First Time

A few weeks ago on March 12th a scientist in Germany accidentally pricked her finger with a needle used to inject mice with the Ebola virus.

Within hours of the accidental exposure several of the scientist's colleagues held a trans-Atlantic telephone conference to try and find a way to save the scientists life.

Within 24 hours, an experimental vaccine — never before tried on humans — was on its way to Germany from a lab in Canada.

Though it is not 100 percent certain that the scientist was actually infected with the Ebola virus, she did receive the experimental vaccine. So far she does not have Ebola symptoms.

If the scientist is still healthy as of April 2nd she will be considered safe. However, if she does not become infected it will be uncertain if it was luck or the vaccine that saved her life.

NOTE: This story was brought to my attention by Catherine Mitchell of Prepared Citizens