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FLU SERIES CDC: Flu vaccine reached those in need

first_imgFeb 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccine doses intended for those at highest risk for serious complications from the flu made it into the arms of the right people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta said yesterday.One highlight of the first part of the 2004-05 flu season is that 57.3% of children between 6 and 23 months old were vaccinated from September to December 2004, the CDC said. The data were collected during the first 3 weeks of January by the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. This was the first year flu immunization was officially recommended for young children.”It is wonderful news that so many children are being vaccinated against a potentially life-threatening illness like influenza,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release.The survey also showed that most flu vaccine doses went to the priority groups identified for this season. Coverage among adults in priority groups was 43.1%, compared with 8.3% for adults in other groups. Nearly 59% of people aged 65 and older reported having vaccinations by last December, down from 65.5% of people who reported getting flu shots in the 2003 survey.It has been a turbulent flu season from an administrative standpoint. States have scrambled to make up shortfalls in supply prompted by the loss of Chiron’s 48 million doses last October. Faced with just over half the expected supply, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) identified priority groups for vaccination.A CDC workgroup will meet later this month to consider whether to sub-prioritize those priority categories, weighing issues such as whether vaccinating children prevents more illnesses than reaching members of other priority groups, said Bonnie Hebert, a CDC spokeswoman.With the CDC’s release of its flu vaccine stockpile on Jan 27, some 3.5 million more doses of vaccine were made available. In addition, states were allowed to make widely available some doses originally reserved for certain uninsured or underinsured children in the Vaccines for Children Program.In California and other states, experts are encouraging parents to bring children under age 9 in for flu shots in order to boost immunity this season and next, said Robert Schechter, MD, with the immunization branch of California’s Department of Health Services. ACIP recommendations call for two doses the first year children get flu shots.Children can have their first shot now, before the existing supplies expire on June 30, and get another dose next fall, Schechter said, “to make it a little easier to get existing shots before next winter and use the supply we have now.”The push is part of a larger educational initiative evident across the United States.”People expect that vaccination against flu happens in October or November,” Schechter said. They need to realize “there is a larger window than that.”The Minnesota Department of Health today announced 24 possible or probable influenza outbreaks in schools and 12 confirmed outbreaks in nursing homes. The department offered this gentle reminder: “With 3 months of the flu season still ahead of us, getting the shot now is still a good idea.”The flu season is in full swing in Tennessee, reported Kelly Moore, MD, MPH, medical director for the state’s immunization program. Demand for flu shots varies by region, but is particularly high in areas where the flu is circulating, she said.Several schools have been shut down across Tennessee because of the jump in flu cases and the prevalence of other viral illnesses this year, Moore said. Some schools were seeing absentee rates of 15% to 20%, according to the Associated Press (AP). About 1,700 cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) were reported in the state last week, the AP reported.In updating its flu activity report today, the CDC said the illness continued to increase across the nation last week. Flu activity was widespread in 27 states, regional in 16, and local in 4 states and the District of Columbia. Two states and Puerto Rico logged only sporadic influenza activity.The proportion of patient visits to sentinel providers for ILI was above the national baseline, the CDC said. However, the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu—7.8%—was below the epidemic threshold of 8.2%, the agency said. Six flu-associated deaths in children have been reported to CDC this season.See also: Feb 10 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r050210.htmlast_img read more

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7-year-old and his father killed in shooting; Suspect on the run

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are currently searching for the suspect or suspects who opened fire on a pickup truck, killing a 7-year-old and his father.The incident occurred Sunday around 7:00 pm in the area of Northwest 207th Street and 37th Avenue.Officials say the victim was traveling north on Northwest 37th Avenue in a pickup truck when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up next to them and began shooting.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found 31-year-old Lavel Mucherson and 7-year-old Hezekiah Mucherson dead inside the vehicle. Authorities also reported that they found two guns in the victim’s vehicle but it is unclear if the victims fired back.Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt told reporters that it appears that at least one of the deceased was targeted, however, it is unclear which one.If you have any information on this shooting, you are asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.last_img read more

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Over 1,600 Women to participate on Third dm Race in Sarajevo

first_imgOn Sunday, June 9th, at the Vilsonovo promenade in Sarajevo Third dm women’s race will take place, and according to the number of registered runners, the most impressive women’s race is expected so far.With the intent of responding as many women and thus encouraging positive changes when it comes to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, dm organizes two races of different lengths; 3.5K Recreational and 7K Competitive.The total number of registered runners is 1,690, of which 1,488 were registered for recreation, while 442 runners registered for the competition.On the same day, there will be organized a dm children’s race on 300 meters, to which 251 children between 6 and 8 years old registered.Behind the building of the Historical Museum at Vilsons Promenade, the start of a children’s race is planned at 9:00 o’clock, the recreational race begins at 9:30 o’clock, while the contestant is on the program at 10:30 o’clock, Klix.ba news portal reports.last_img read more