US Shares Vaccine

U.S. To Share Vaccine

President Obama announced today that the nation plans to share 10% of its swine flu vaccine with other countries. The vaccine is said to be distributed through the World Health Organization to nations such as Australia, Brazil, Norway...etc. America's U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice also called upon other developed nations to donate their own vaccines, technology and money to prevent a swine flu pandemic. Click below for more information:

US to share 10 percent swine flu vaccine globally

CDC Awards Grant to Kansas

CDC Gives Grant to Track Environmental Hazards

The Center for Disease Control donated a grant to the state of Kansas for the creation of a Public Health Tracking Network. The network is designed to track all dangers to public health including air quality, asthma rates, and pandemics. Kansas is the 17th state to have such a network in place. To learn more, click below:

KDHE Awarded Environmental Public Health Tracking Grant

New Swine Flu Strain

New Severe form of H1N1

The World Health Organization has found a severe strain of the H1N1 virus. This new strain directly attacks the lungs, increasing the chances of fatalities. Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are particularly affected. 15% of patients in tropical countries submitted with H1N1 have this new strain, requiring more intense treatment and overburdening healthcare institutions. Treatment requires specialization in respiration. Liberal estimates state that one third of the population could be infected. Because it directly attacks the lungs, Asthmatics are most susceptible to the new strain. It is also common in otherwise young and healthy adults, separating it from seasonal flus. Click below for the full article:

World Health Organization Warns of Severe Form of H1N1 Virus

One Shot Vaccine For H1N1

H1N1 Vaccine More Readily Available

The Swine Flu vaccine will be ready a week earlier than expected says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The early release date is due to the discovery of a one dose vaccine. Like China, the United States has found a way to vaccinate the virus with one shot for healthy adults, unlike the previous two shot solution.

Earlier Release Date Planned for H1N1 Vaccine

H1N1 Defies Other Flus

H1N1 Dominates Other Flu Strains

Using ferrets infected with various fly types, the University of Maryland proved that the Swine Flu always comes out on top. According to the study, the H1N1 virus refused to genetically combine with other flu strains. Instead, its biological superiority allows it to destroy and replace other flus. Its deadly nature attacks, not just the body, but other viruses as well. The report warns that this winter will show just how dangerous H1N1 can be. For the full article, click below:

Study: H1N1 World's Dominant Strain of Flu, Easily Overtakes Other Flu Viruses

Elmo Fights H1N1

Elmo New Spokesperson Against H1N1

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that they have recruited Sesame Street icon Elmo to warn children about the Swine Flu. In the ad campaign, Elmo will tell children how to fight H1N1 with basic health habits, such as washing your hands and sneezing properly. Elmo and the Sesame Street cast helped warn of the Swine Flu during the outbreak in Mexico. The joint project between the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Education hope to see the same positive results of the ads here in the U.S.

The ads will also stress the importance of a new vaccine the government predicts will be available in mid-October. The vaccine is currently being tested and will require two shots within a week of each other. Unfortunately, the vaccine doesn't work with a person's immune system immediately. Even with the shots, it will take until November before people will be fully protected. Click the link below for the full article:

Elmo Joins H1N1 Flu Fight