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News Summary For August 2011

During the month of August 2011, there were a total of 239 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • An Institute of Medicine (IOM) report concluded that vaccines do not cause autism. Few adverse events were linked to vaccines.
  • The MMWR published Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2011
  • The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) declared that vaccination of healthcare personnel is a professional and ethical responsibility
  • The US CDC warned that this year's flu shot should not be skipped
  • Healthcare staff were found to lag in getting flu shots
  • New multi-year data showed annual HIV infections in US to be relatively stable

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • A study concluded that doctors' and nurses' hospital uniforms contain dangerous bacteria the majority of the time
  • A new H5N1 avian influenza variant was identified
  • A Congressional bill proposed jail time for poor infection control practices
  • Teen HPV vaccine rates are lagging
  • Scientists reported that they re-engineered an antibiotic to overcome resistant bacteria
  • New infection control rules were enacted in California
  • The US said Legionnaire's cases tripled over the last decade
  • AIDS researchers isolated new potent and broadly effective antibodies against HIV
  • Job stress in healthcare workers was identified as a trigger of hand dermatitis
  • A large, multi-center study supported the overall effectiveness of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine
  • The global disinfectant and antiseptic market is predicted to reach $7 billion by 2016
  • The UN health agency declared the H1N1 pandemic over
  • The EU sharps Directive aims to improve healthcare safety

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