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Vax panel votes to add meningitis booster dose

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 6-5 Wednesday to add a booster dose of the meningitis vaccine at age 16. Reuters notes that health officials want to address waning

Most U.S. vax advisers had conflicts of interest

Most of the experts who served on federal review panels for new vaccines in 2007 had conflicts of interest that were either never discovered or never resolved, according to a new report from the

Vaccine potency plunge problematic

What accounts for the low antigen level of the Sanofi-Aventis H1N1 vaccine for kids? The recalled 800,000 doses, in 0.25-mL pre-filled syringes intended for 6- to 35-month olds, have been found to be

CDC vaccine advisers have financial conflicts, IG says

The conflicts-of-interest police have turned their attention to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report

Feds' anthrax shift triggers sharp drop in developers' shares

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has decided to drop a request for proposals for a next-gen recombinant protective antigen anthrax vaccine, saying the agency doesn't believe that

U.S. plots big anti-flu push this autumn

The U.S. government is gearing up for a big-time surge in swine flu this fall, with plans for a government-funded vaccination campaign as well as massive public-health mobilization. Yesterday, the

Fewer Prevnar doses work fine, study shows

If three doses is as good as four, why pay for another? That's the question raised by a new study of Wyeth's pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar. Researchers found that three doses--a so-called 2-plus-1

Swine flu vaccine business ramps up

As FluMist maker MedImmune announced its win of an HHS contract for the manufacture of a single-strain live H1N1 influenza vaccine, biotech equipment and services supplier Sartorius Stedim announced

New swine flu strain appears in San Diego

The CDC has mustered a group of 50 scientists and epidemiologists to study a rare new strain of swine flu that afflicted two children in the San Diego area last month. But health officials stress

CDC expands recommendations for Merck's PPV vax

Adults smokers ages 19 to 64, or those in that age group with asthma, should receive the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV), according to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices