WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation will have 100 million doses of swine flu vaccine by week's end, and government health officials say it's time for everyone, not just those at high risk, to get protected.
For people who've been at the back of the line, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says, "Now it's your turn."
She got her own shot this week. The new flu that scientists call the 2009 H1N1 strain is starting to ebb, but there's still plenty of illness going around -- and officials are worried that a third wave will crest later in the winter. Nearly half the states already have lifted restrictions on who can get vaccinated, and more will do so soon with the additional supplies.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.