Even though testing has so far raised no “red flags” regarding safety of potential swine flu vaccines, surveys and focus groups show that healthcare workers and members of the public may be leery of being getting shots when supplies become available this fall.

Writing in the BMJ, Dr. Paul K. S. Chan and associates at the Chinese University of Hong Kong note that “in nearly all countries with a (pandemic) preparedness plan, healthcare workers are listed as the priority group for mass vaccination.”




•  Asia will experience H1N1 vaccine shortage, WHO says(Link)
•  Willingness of Hong Kong healthcare workers to accept pre-pandemic influenza vaccination at different WHO alert levels: two questionnaire surveys (Link)
•  First 40,000 A/H1N1 flu vaccine produced in China (Link)

•  Flu H1N1 claimed 138 lives, infected 34,180 Australia residents (translated) (Link)
•  Two more S.Australia swine flu deaths (Link)

•  Brazil tops global swine flu toll with 557 deaths (Link)

•  2 women die of swine flu in Nashik, city toll 6 (Link)
•  10 suspected cases of A(H1N1) in Mysore (Link)
•  New Delhi: Three more positive swine flu cases (Link)
•  Five A(H1N1) cases reported in Udupi (Link)

•  Unicef to hand over H1N1 task to WHO (translated) (Link)
•  Residents Experience Fever After Chickens Die (Link)

•  15 more deaths push Mexico toll to 179 (Link)

New Zealand
•  Swine Flu – Update 143 (Link)

•  AH1N1 influenza death toll reaches 80 (Link)

•  Qatar’s initiatives to curb spread of H1N1 virus deserve praise (Link)

•  Another Swine Flu death in Spain, number 17  (Link)

•  Four Swedes With Flu Complications (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Weekly pandemic flu media update (Link)
•  Scotland, Seventh swine flu patient dies (Link)

United States
•  Webcast – H1N1 Preparedness for Pregnant Women and New Mothers TODAY (Link)
•  Midstate dealing with cases of suspected swine flu  (Link)
•  GA: Swine flu confirmed in Cobb schools (Link)
•  Swine flu sends more blacks, Hispanics to hospital  (Link)
•  TX: Dallas County confirms first swine flu death (Link)
•  FDA approves H1N1 test for troops (Link)
•  VA: Flucos showing flu-like symptoms (Link)
•  Dallas County, Texas 1st death; TCU cases octuple (Link)
•  KY: Boone County schools report possible H1N1 cases (Link)
•  CA: Swine flu: two cases confirmed in Del Norte (Link)
•  Texas Christian U cases up to 30 (Link)
•  SC: Case of swine flu at Easterling Primary (Link)
•  CDC and social networks (Link)
•  Expanded Sick Leave For Federal Employees Would Cover Swine Flu Caretakers (Link)
•  Swine flu rises at US colleges as students return (Link)
•  In Chicago, swine flu hit children hardest (Link)
•  Probable swine flu cases reach 40-50 at U of Colorado (Link)
•  Many hospitals not ready for H1N1 flu (Link)
•  Kiosks to Open at Hartsfield-Jackson for Flu Shots (Link)
•  TN School Cancels Classes Over Flu Concerns (Link)
•  Schools say no knee-jerk flu closures this fall (Link)
•  CA: Swine flu claims 6th, 7th victims in San Bernardino County (Link)
•  Neb: H1N1 In Metro Schools (Link)
•  GA: Private School Sees First Swine Flu Case  (Link)
•  FL: H1N1 outbreak cancels Lely football game  (Link)
•  IN: H1N1 flu confirmed in Jackson County (Link)
•  TN: Suspected Swine Flu Case at U of Memphis  (Link)
•  MO: Swine Flu confirmed in Blue Springs school (Link)
•  NM: Albuquerque Public Schools Confirms First H1N1 Case (Link)
•  Alabama taking steps to try to fight off flu as Virginia Tech looms (Link)
•  Miss: Swine flu cases likely higher than reported (Link)
•  CA: Swine flu suspected in death of Modesto school child-care worker (Link)
•  NC: At least 2 McDowell students home with the flu (Link)
•  WA State U confirms 10 Influenza A cases on campus (Link)
•  OR: Western OR Univ students sick (Link)
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•  2,226 cases with 2 deaths as of 8/26 (Link)

•  Scientists can track progress of H1N1 flu in detail  (Link) GenBank website (Link)
•  Flu season: A dry run for the big one? (Link)
•  H1N1 Flu in Turkeys May Spread (Link)
•  The global swine flu pandemic 1: exploring the background to influenza viruses  (Link)
•  Strained by Katrina, a Hospital Faced Deadly Choices (Link)
•  Possibility of higher virulence next year (Link)

•  From Here To Immunity (Link)
•  Blog – comment on comparing statistics (Link)
•  Recombinomics: Misinformation Linked to Explosion of Swine Flu in US Schools (Link)