E. coli outbreak linked to Minnesota petting zoo

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Three children sickened with E. coli in Minnesota appear to have contracted the infection at a petting zoo, health officials say.
Plenty of U.S. influenza vaccine and more options this year

Plenty of U.S. influenza vaccine and more options this year

ATLANTA, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Some 135 million influenza vaccine doses are available this year in U.S. doctors' offices, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, stores and workplaces, officials say.

Statins may reduce death by influenza

NASHVILLE, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Statins -- cholesterol-lowering drugs -- may reduce mortality among patients hospitalized with influenza, U.S. researchers say.

Advisers say boys should get HPV vaccine

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. government already recommends girls get the human papilloma virus and it may recommend the same for boys, officials say.

Feds get high marks for pandemic handling

NEW YORK, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. government did many things right in responding to the 2009 swine flu pandemic, medical experts said.

Changes in WHO alert system called for

WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- The swine flu outbreak shows that the World Health Organization needs a better warning system to reflect the severity of epidemics, a U.S. doctor says.

Nearly half of adults say no flu shot

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Nearly half of all U.S. adults say they're not planning to get a flu shot this year, a RAND survey said.
Experts concerned about flu, MRSA combo

Experts concerned about flu, MRSA combo

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- There has been a rise in the number of U.S. children who become infected with both influenza and Staphylococcus aureus, federal health experts say.

Four in 10 healthcare staff have flu shots

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. non-profit group has announced a "call for action" in response to a study that says only 42 percent of healthcare personnel get a flu shot.

Heard the one about flu and warm weather?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Many people miss the point about remedies and realities during the cold and flu season, doctors around the United States say. Doctors said a lot of common knowledge about colds and flu is grounded in myths, which spread as fast -- or faster -- than the vi

Bird migration may spread H5N1

BALTIMORE, March 5 (UPI) -- Biologists are establishing an aggressive, $29 million early warning campaign as the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu heads toward North America.

Experts: Flu samples pose low risk

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Samples of a deadly strain of flu virus inadvertently sent to labs around the world have sparked concern about a major outbreak, but health authorities told United Press International such an event is unlikely to materialize.
STEVE MITCHELL, Medical Correspondent

Experts: Flu doses probably can't be saved

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Health authorities probably will not be able to salvage any of the millions of doses of influenza vaccine intended for the United States that were suspended by British officials in a surprise move Tuesday, experts familiar with the situation told United P
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Needle reuse in clinics imperils patients

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Four of the largest outbreaks of hepatitis in the United States have been traced back to healthcare workers in doctor's offices reusing needles and employing other unsafe procedures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes in a new study.
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Babies exposed to risky smallpox shot

ATLANTA, May 1 (UPI) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that -- inadvertently -- more than 100 women were pregnant when they received the smallpox vaccine

Common pneumonia strain beats vaccine

SEATTLE, April 30 (UPI) -- The pneumonia vaccine, which is recommended for all people over the age of 65, does not prevent the most common form of the illness in the elderly, a study released Wednesday reveals.

CDC: Smallpox shots might affect heart

ATLANTA, March 26 (UPI) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory Wednesday notifying health officials that people with certain heart conditions should be temporarily deferred from receiving the smallpox vaccine due to several reports of heart problems, i

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Infants advised to get flu vaccine

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- It is time once again to be vaccinated against the flu and public health officials said Monday no delays in supply are expected this season and they have recommended infants should receive the medication this year.
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