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WHO: H1N1 in post-pandemic period, but it’s not over

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK The World Health Organization’s director-general Margaret Chan issued a statement on Tuesday that the H1N1 influenza has entered the post-pandemic period, but warned that the virus has not yet gone away.

While WHO has reported marginal levels of H1N1 transmission worldwide as of late, Chan said it expects the H1N1 virus to take on the behavior of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come.

 

NEW YORK The World Health Organization’s director-general Margaret Chan issued a statement on Tuesday that the H1N1 influenza has entered the post-pandemic period, but warned that the virus has not yet gone away.

While WHO has reported marginal levels of H1N1 transmission worldwide as of late, Chan said it expects the H1N1 virus to take on the behavior of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come.

 

"Pandemics, like the viruses that cause them, are unpredictable," she said. "So is the immediate post-pandemic period. There will be many questions, and we will have clear answers for only some. Continued vigilance is extremely important, and WHO has issued advice on recommended surveillance, vaccination, and clinical management during the post-pandemic period.

 

"As I said, pandemics are unpredictable and prone to deliver surprises. No two pandemics are ever alike. This pandemic has turned out to be much more fortunate than what we feared a little over a year ago," Chan added.

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Wild Child seeks to educate consumers on lice prevention

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Natural healthcare products company Wild Child is offering head lice-prevention tips for the back-to-school season.

Wild Child, which is distributed through Hyland’s, has such homeopathic product offerings as the Quit Nits kit, Quit Nits everyday preventative spray and Quit Nits advance lice treatment cream. The company said it recommends increased awareness of how to treat and eliminate both lice and nits so children can be in school without any lice issues.

“Prevention is the key for parents this back-to-school season,” said Leanne Preston, CEO and founder of Wild Child. “The first week of school is the most critical in preventing head lice and parents can make it a habit to apply a safe, everyday preventative spray on their child’s head before they leave for school, and check their scalp carefully as soon as they get home.”

Wild Child’s Quit Nits line is available at CVS, Whole Foods, and other retailers.

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Prestige Brands launches Little Fevers fever-pain reliever

BY Allison Cerra

IRVINGTON, N.Y. Prestige Brands has expanded its Little Remedies product line with a new analgesic for infants, toddlers and children.

New Little Fevers is concentrated infant drops with acetaminophen and indicated for the treatment of temporary fever and minor aches and pains which may be associated with the common cold, flu, headache, sore throat or toothache. The product is specially formulated to provide small concentrated doses for easier administration, Presitge Brands said.

 

IRVINGTON, N.Y. Prestige Brands has expanded its Little Remedies product line with a new analgesic for infants, toddlers and children.

New Little Fevers is concentrated infant drops with acetaminophen and indicated for the treatment of temporary fever and minor aches and pains which may be associated with the common cold, flu, headache, sore throat or toothache. The product is specially formulated to provide small concentrated doses for easier administration, Presitge Brands said.

 

Jean Boyko, Ph.D., SVP science and technology for Prestige Brands, said, "The recent recalls of certain children’s analgesic products have left a void in available over-the-counter treatments for fever and minor pain relief. Little Fevers is now available nationally to provide parents with the active ingredient they need in a trusted brand name. And it’s always good advice to check with a health care professional if parents or caregivers have questions about specific treatment options."

 

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