Swine Flu Shots May Be Too Little, Too Late to Halt Outbreaks By Tom Randall Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) — Swine flu vaccines under development by drugmakers may not provide immunity until the last week of November, too late to hold off outbreaks triggered by infected students returning to schools in the U.S. and Europe. Just 45 million of 195 million doses ordered for the U.S. will be delivered by mid-October, said health officials who lowered their estimates yesterday. The vaccine will probably require two shots given three weeks apart, and the body won’t produce antibodies for two additional weeks, according to an Aug. 7 report by the Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. students go back to school this week after more than 80 outbreaks of swine flu, also known as H1N1, were reported in summer camps, government health officials said. U.K. classes begin Sept. 1, a week before results from the first test of the new vaccine are set to be released by CSL Ltd., the Australian drugmaker that makes 20 percent of the U.S. supply. “This has been a virus that’s been smoldering, particularly among children at the many summer camp outbreaks,” said William Schaffner, of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “There’s no doubt it’s coming, and we could see it as early as September.

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Argentina
•  Jujuy: More Schools Without Classes because of Flu A (translated) (Link)
•  Another Call to Release Patents for Vaccines (Link)
•  For the Unemployment of Health, they strike in the streets (Link)

Australia
•  Operations cancelled as swine flu victims flood hospitals (Link)
•  Swine flu turns up at Vic piggery (Link)
•  H1N1 in Australia has killed 121 people (translated) (Link)
•  Woman, 41, becomes 12th S. A ustralia death (Link)

Brazil
•  Brazil – 368 Deaths Confirmed (Link)

Canada
•  Alberta may pay docs $500 an hour to treat swine flu (Link)

Costa Rica
•  President Arias resumed activities after suffering swine flu (Link)

India
•  Mumbai: H1N1 death in city, 7-month-old girl (Link)
•  Suspected swine flu patient, family forced to leave village (Link)

Israel
•  Israel: Deaths at 11 (Link)

Japan
•  Japan Has Second Swine Flu Fatality; Kobe Man Dies in Hospital  (Link)
•  Fighters to test all players after flu strikes (Link)

Kenya
•  Kenya confirms 71 cases of swine flu (Link)

Taiwan
•  Boot camp sees worst H1N1 outbreak (Link)

Thailand
•  Thailand’s (A)H1N1 Deaths Pass 100 (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Oxford Economics – Swine Flu Economic Impact Paper July 17, 2009 (Link)
•  Numbers decline, estimates for eventual number (Link)

United States
•  TX: H1N1 claims second death in Travis County  (Link and link)
•  TX: Austin teen 2nd in Travis to die of swine flu –  also had staph infection (Link)
•  University of Alabama sorority has 6 swine flu cases (Link)
•  FL: Third swine flu death reported in Lee County (Link)
•  CT: Editorial – H1N1 something to take seriously (Link)
•  NY: State Requires Flu Vaccination for Caregivers (Link)
•  FL: Some Hospitals Abandon Fast Flu Test (Link)
•  Swine Flu Guidelines for Business (Link)
•  MA: Vineyard swine flu casualty identified (Link)
•  First in Maine to die of swine flu (Link)
•  TX: Munday gridders return after flu (Link)
•  NYC area Metropolitan Area Funeral Association Director reportedly addresses Forrest Hills residents (Link)
•  Let workers with flu stay home, U.S. tells businesses (Link)
•  KY: South Laurel Middle has first swine flu case (Link)
•  University of Alabama, Auburn report swine flu cases (Link)
•  CA: Fifth H1N1 death recorded in San Bernardino County (Link)
•  OR: Bend woman dies of swine flu; family mourns (Link)

General
•  ‘Original antigenic sin’: A threat to H1N1 vaccine effectiveness?  (Link)
•  Factory logjam could delay some swine flu shots (Link)
•  Anti-flu drug can be stored 2 years longer (Link)
•  Latin America reports more A/H1N1 deaths (Link)

Commentary
•  OR: Bracing for a 1.5 million cases of swine flu in Oregon (editorial) (Link)
•  Depression Assured? Maybe – Swine Flu (Link)

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