New case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China

A Chinese poultry worker was confirmed as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, health officials said, the first case in the southern Guangdong province. The 51-year-old woman is in a critical condition after she was admitted to hospital on August 3 following signs of a fever, the Guangdong Provincial Health Department said on […]

Officials call for ‘universal’ flu vaccination strategy

For the third consecutive year, state and federal health officials are advocating a “universal” vaccination strategy to combat the seasonal flu. That means that everyone, 6 months and older, should get a flu shot, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “People should get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available,” […]

Hong Kong school closed in bird flu scare

ShareThis Hong Kong school closed in bird flu scare 16 Dec 2011 A Hong Kong school was closed on Friday after a dead bird found in the southern Chinese city was tested positive for the deadly H5 strain of the bird flu virus, health officials said. The closure came after the school clerk, a 48-year-old […]

Swine flu jab: narcolepsy link investigated

A possible increase in narcolepsy among children given the swine flu vaccine is being investigated by Finnish health officials. They have found evidence of an increased risk of the disorder – in which people fall asleep without warning or sleep excessively in the daytime – among those aged four to 19 given the Pandremrix vaccine. […]