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It's Flu Season: Do You Know Where Your Community Stands?

The recent snowpocalypses around the country reminded me that if you haven’t taken a look at what the current flu season is like in your community, it’s a good time to do so. I like how the Miami Herald’s Fred Tasker set the scene for the 2010-2011 in this Q&A piece.

When a Placebo Isn't, But May Work Anyway

Are there some gaping holes in the PLOS placebo study in today's news? Find out in today's Daily Briefing!

H1N1/Swine Flu: State by State, Vaccination Rates Vary Wildly

The CDC today released some surprising MMWR statistics on H1N1/swine flu vaccination rates around the United States today. The regional variation, especially for children under 17, is striking, particularly amid news that less than half of the nearly 230 million vaccine doses available to Americans have been used, leaving a staggering surplus that's soon to expire.

HIPAA and H1N1/Swine Flu: Your Right to Know

Felice Freyer, veteran medical writer at the Providence Journal and Association of Health Care Journalists board member, is surveying reporters about how state and local agencies are releasing, or refusing to release, basic demographic information (not names) about people who have died from H1N1/swine flu.

Swine Flu: In NIH Press Releases, Reading Between the Lines

The thought-provoking group blog on public health, Effect Measure, has a worthwhile post today on science and health reporters who burrowed deep into a National Institutes of Health press release on H1N1/swine flu vaccine to get the not-so-good news as well as the good.

H1N1/Swine Flu: Useful Resources

Although scientists and public health officials have long worried that an avian flu virus would spark the world's next influenza pandemic — and developed emergency plans for it — it is a mutated swine flu virus that has emerged as the bigger threat. The current swine flu outbreak, which appears to have originated in Mexico, is a worldwide pandemic as defined by the World Health Organization on June 11, 2009.

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