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CDC: Influenza-related illnesses climb national baseline

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA In a typical season, the percentage of visits for influenza-like illnesses doesn’t crest the national baseline — an indicator that influenza is nearing a peak in the season — until late December with the spike peaking in mid-February.

Already this year, the number of influenza-related illnesses have climbed well above the national baseline.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, already 26 primarily Southern states are reporting widespread activity, and no state is reporting less than local influenza at this time. The vast majority of illnesses being tested are that of the novel H1N1 virus — accounting for 99% of all subtyped influenza A viruses being reported to CDC.

The 2009/2010 influenza season doesn’t officially start tracking until Oct. 4, CDC noted.

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare voluntarily recalls Tylenol products for children, infants

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Thursday voluntarily recalled certain lots of Children’s and Infants’ Tylenol liquid products that were manufactured between April 2008 and June 2008.

All products manufactured met internal specifications, the company stated. However, the company is implementing this recall because during this period, an unused portion of one inactive ingredient did not meet all quality standards. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, it was decided to recall all Children’s and Infants’ Tylenol liquid products which were made during this time.

The actions do not apply to Children’s Tylenol Meltaways and Junior Strength Tylenol Meltaways. The voluntary recall applies only to select lots of Children’s and Infants’ Tylenol liquid products.

For a complete list of recalled products, visit http://www.tylenol.com/page.jhtml?id=tylenol/news/subpchildinfantnews.inc.

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CDC to launch mobile pilot program

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is going mobile as part of a pilot program over the next three months where subscribers will receive as many as three short health tips per week from the CDC.

To subscribe to the pilot, text HEALTH to 87000 or visit http://www.cdc.gov/Mobile/.

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