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A retrospective study on the effectiveness of H1N1 vaccine in Scotland

on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:26
The effectiveness of the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccination program, introduced in Scotland in October 2009, has been assessed by a team of researchers from different Scottish and French institutions, coordinated by Dr. Colin Simpson, from the University of Edinburgh. The results of this assessment has been published in the June issue of Lancet.

New assessment of 2009 swine flu impact

on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 09:29
June 26th, 2012 – Knowing the scale of a potential threat is fundamental to elaborate an effective strategy to face it. This is particularly true when dealing with epidemics. In 2009, 18500 laboratory-confirmed deaths associated with influenza A H1N1, also known as “swine flu”, have been reported, but this number is likely to be an underestimate.

Communicating the risk: a lesson from the Carmel disaster

on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:38
Modern societies are exposed to different potential threats of various nature. It is thus fundamental to develop appropriate strategies to manage the information flow between the public and the institutions that have to handle a crisis. In order to do so, understanding merits and flaws of past cases of risk communication is of central importance...

H5N1: published paper about modified avian virus

on Sun, 06/17/2012 - 16:54

At the beginning of May Nature finally published one of the two papers about the avian flu virus H5N1 that raised so many controversies inside and outside the scientific community. In this paper, the research team led by Prof. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, described the creation of an artificial strain of H5N1 capable of transmission from mammals to mammals.

Emergencies: FEMA guidelines for media during pandemics and other major outbreaks

on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 17:34
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whose main purpose is to support US citizens to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all kind of hazards.

The TELL ME project takes off!

on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 12:38
On March 1st and 2nd 2012 the TELL ME project kick off meeting was held in Rome. TELL ME is the nice acronym of a longer title, which is somehow self explanatory: Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence.


on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 18:18