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  • When to see the doctor for the flu

    Many individuals who are experiencing flu symptoms are wondering, “When should I see a doctor?” That’s going to differ for many people based on their general health. However, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County offers some suggestions. (

  • Houston Texans rookie has swine flu

    Houston Texans rookie tight end Anthony Hill was hospitalized this week with swine flu in what may be the first confirmed case in an NFL player this season. (AP)

  • 5 tips for keeping your kids safe

    The Swine Flu, the H1N1 Virus – call it what you will – has parents worried sick across the country now that our kids are back in school.  Here are five fast and easy things you can do to keep your kids safe and healthy. (ABC)

  • What you need to know about the H1N1 virus

    Good information about the swine flu, and what you can do. (Baltimore Sun)

  • WHO warns of a severe form of swine flu

    Doctors are reporting a severe form of swine flu that goes straight to the lungs, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy young people and requiring expensive hospital treatment, the World Health Organization said on Friday. (Reuters)

  • CDC reports more than 10,000 U.S. swine flu cases and 17 deaths

    The CDC’s updated map and chart of confirmed and probable cases shows 10,053 confirmed or probable cases of the H1N1 virus and 17 deaths caused by the disease.

  • Sanofi Pasteur receives swine flu seed virus

    The vaccines division of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis SA said Wednesday it has received the key ingredient to make a swine flu vaccine. (BusinessWeek)

  • Possible second wave of swine flu has U.S. on alert

    As the H1N1 swine flu virus continues to wax and wane in different parts of the country, U.S. health officials said they were working as fast as possible to learn as much as they can about the novel pathogen before the return of the flu season in the fall. (

  • Study detects flu immunity in older people

    A substantial portion of older Americans may have some immunity to the swine-origin H1N1 influenza virus, a finding that may prove useful when and if a vaccine to the new flu strain becomes available. (Washington Post)

  • U.S. directs $1 billion for new swine flu vaccine

    The U.S. government said on Friday that it was setting aside $1 billion to help companies develop a vaccine against the new strain of H1N1 influenza that is sweeping the world. (Reuters)

  • U.S. officials consider bumping up flu shot season

    U.S. health officials said on Wednesday they are considering starting the vaccination campaign for seasonal flu earlier this year to make room for a possible second round of shots against the new H1N1 flu. (Reuters)

  • Swine flu cases soar toward 10,000 worldwide

    United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon urged people to remain “vigilant and alert” about swine flu on Tuesday as the number of cases around the world shot up to almost 10,000. Previous pandemics had shown flu outbreaks could start mild and worsen, Ban said as he addressed the World Health Organisation’s annual assembly in Geneva. (AFP)

  • Toddler’s death stokes swine flu fears

    New York City health authorities are investigating the death of a 16-month-old child as a possible case of swine flu. The boy, identified as Jonathan Zamora Castillo of Corona, Queens, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday at Elmhurst Hospital Center, less than an hour after being brought in with a high fever. (The New York Times)

  • Swine flu re-emerges in New York City

    Three public schools in Queens were closed and disinfected on Friday after the re-emergence of swine flu, which the city’s chief health official said appeared to be intensifying in larger clusters. (The New York Times)

  • More than 4,700 swine flu cases now in U.S.

    The United States has 4,714 confirmed and likely cases of the new H1N1 swine flu virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday. (Reuters)

  • Tracing the swine flu’s ancestry

    Once Upon a Time there was a little flu virus. It was probably born in Kansas in late 1917 or 1918, although nobody is really sure. Its name was H1N1. It grew up to be very wicked. (Washington Post)

  • Death toll from swine flu rises to 56 in Mexico

    The death toll in Mexico from the H1N1 flu outbreak that has spread globally has risen to 56, the health ministry said on Monday, as results of tests on people who died in recent weeks came in. (Reuters)

  • More than 2,500 swine flu cases worldwide

    The World Health Organization on Friday reported 2,500 confirmed cases of swine flu in 25 countries, with 44 deaths from the disease. In the United States, the total number of confirmed cases nearly doubled to 1,639 from the day before, with reports coming from 43 states. (CNN)

  • 1976 swine flu reponse haunts officials

    As U.S. health officials consider rolling out a plan to inoculate the nation against swine flu in the next several months, they are haunted by the events that unfolded the last time the government stepped in to head off a surprise flu outbreak. (Washington Post)

  • Confirmed U.S. swine flu cases at 896

    The number of confirmed US cases of swine flu rose Thursday to 896 from 642 in 41 states, according to a daily report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AFP)

  • Swine flu parties: Prudent or ‘totally nuts’ ?

    Deliberately get swine flu? What at first appears an absurdity — seeking out infection with swine flu instead of avoiding it — is being actively debated on flu Web sites and by some flu experts. (The New York Times)

  • Is a swine flu vaccine worth the effort?

    The risk of moving forward is that the virus will fizzle, making such a vaccine unnecessary. This would cost millions and, for pharmaceutical companies, waste time and resources. The risk of delaying, on the other hand, is that the virus will resurge later this year and spread viciously through an unprotected populace. (ABC News)

  • As flu fears subside, specter of a deadlier time haunts officials

    Stories about the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic handed down bear an eerie similarity to the present outbreak. (Dallas Morning News)

  • Philippines asks champ to delay return over flu fears

    The Philippines has asked boxing idol Manny Pacquiao to delay his hero’s return to the country as a precaution against the spread of swine flu from the United States. The country’s health secretary  told Pacquiao to go into self-quarantine. (CNN)

  • Swine flu shot may be added to fall regimen

    The Obama administration is considering an unprecedented fall vaccination campaign that could entail giving Americans three flu shots — one to combat annual seasonal influenza and two targeted at the new swine flu virus spreading across the globe. (Washington Post)

  • Texan first U.S. citizen to die from swine flu

    A Cameron County woman has died of swine flu, the first death of a U.S. resident, the Department of State Health Services has just reported. The state says the woman “had chronic underlying health conditions” and died earlier this week. No other information was immediately available. (

  • Officials: Stop closing schools over swine flu

    Federal officials now recommend that schools stop closing when a case of swine flu is confirmed at a school, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday. (CNN)

  • CDC reports a jump in confirmed flu cases

    U.S. health authorities reported today that the number of confirmed swine flu cases across the nation now exceeds 400 in 38 states, and they repeated warnings that the illness — while no more severe than seasonal influenza so far — is likely to spread over the days and weeks ahead. (Washington Post)

  • Mexico could lose $5 billion over shutdown

    Though the worst of Mexico’s flu outbreak seems all but over, the drastic measures taken to control it might shave as much as $5 billion from this country’s already fragile economy. (Houston Chronicle)

  • Was the swine flu response an overreaction?

    Was the swine flu pandemic just a lot of hype or did the world mount a credible response to a very real threat and tamp it down? A bioethicist weighs in. (Commentary on