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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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Syracuse Chiefs look to improve on league-worst 2014 attendance numbers

first_img Published on April 13, 2015 at 11:20 pm Contact Justin: jmatting@syr.edu | @jmattingly306 Dave Smolnycki does it for the game of baseball. When he takes his seat in Section 204, Row 8 on Thursday he’ll be in attendance for the 45th-consecutive Syracuse Chiefs home opener.“I know nowadays, you need all the fancy stuff with the entertainment, but to me, it’s always been the game itself,” he said.But the number of fans like Smolnycki is steadily decreasing.Minor league baseball teams are having to rely on entertainment and promotions to bring fans out to the ballpark. As the Chiefs are set to have their home opener at NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday, the club will look to rebound from a season in which it placed last in the International League in attendance. But now second-year general manager Jason Smorol is confident that there’s a turnaround coming up.Smorol came to the Chiefs — the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals — with more than a decade’s worth of minor league baseball experience. When he took over in October 2013, Smorol had the mentality of being all about the fans and being “more minor league-y.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just came in with my philosophy,” Smorol said. “I don’t know that that’s any different than someone else’s philosophy, it’s just what I was taught to do in baseball and that is to be about the fans.”Despite extensive efforts to try and bring fans to the 11,117-seat ballpark, the Chiefs finished last in both total and average attendance in the International League in 2014. The paid total of 247,046 was the lowest in the history of the Chiefs’ ballpark, which opened in 1997 and is now called NBT Bank Stadium after two name changes.Smorol said that while the club announced a more than 100,000-person decrease in attendance from 2013, concession sales were up and there were actually more people physically in the ballpark than in previous years—during which attendance tracking wasn’t as accurately portrayed, said Benjamin Hill, who covers minor league baseball for MiLB.com.Smorol took over as general manager following 44 years of either Tex or John Simone running the ball club and said the Chiefs are still essentially starting a brand-new franchise from scratch. It was often the case where fans could go to a local grocery store or bank and get free Chiefs tickets. Smorol said no more — there were no free tickets last year, except for the city of Syracuse buying out the July 4 game.“Our product has value,” he said. “So we established that value of $12, $10, $5 a ticket and then more people came last year.”To generate that value and build some buzz, the Chiefs held promotions such as Deport Justin Bieber Night, Boy Band Night and Tattoo Night to go along with the classics of Fireworks Night and Giveaway Saturdays.Promotions are more important in minor league baseball than in the major sports because in minor league baseball the average fan is not a fan of the team, Hill said.The most effective promotions, Hill said, are ones that don’t have to be explained, such as fireworks. The Chiefs currently have 20 fireworks shows planned for this year, compared to 13 last year.“Owning a ball club is like owning a restaurant with live entertainment,” said Lloyd Johnson, editor of the Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball.The club is continuing to try and improve attendance through promotions, adjusting to what’s popular — such as selling beer for $2 on Thursdays.Promotions aren’t the only factor that goes into attendance, but also the weather. During 2014 Chiefs home games, about 2,300 fewer fans on average came to the ballpark when there was precipitation.In 2010, Stephen Strasburg made four starts for the Chiefs at then-named Alliance Bank Stadium. Strasburg was the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball and a former No. 1 overall draft pick. Smolnycki described the ballpark as “jam-packed” and “bedlam.”“It just was a whole different atmosphere,” he said. “People were into the game.”In Strasburg’s four starts in Syracuse, the Chiefs averaged 5,678 more people per game than their average attendance for 2010.But having Strasburg, and eventually top prospect Bryce Harper in 2011, come to Syracuse was “lightning in a bottle.”“There’s just really not enough baseball fandom intensity in the minors for top prospects to get that kind of attention, unless they’re true outliers like Strasburg or Harper,” Hill said.Right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole is the Chiefs’ highest-rated prospect to start the season, coming in at No. 30 on the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects list. He’s the only current Chief on the list.Even without a top prospect, sometimes a winning team isn’t enough automatically help boost attendance.The Chiefs won the International League North Division last year by two and a half games, but still finished last in attendance for the entire league. In 47 of their 66 home games, they had the higher winning percentage of the two teams going in.Marshall Adesman, a former general manager for the Waterloo Indians, said winning is the best promotion, but is not necessary to have good attendance. The Chiefs largest total attendance for a season, 1999, came in a year when the team finished two games above .500.There are many factors that go into attendance, both for the Chiefs and minor league baseball as a whole. What Smorol and other managers can do is “control the controllables.”While Chiefs management can’t control the weather, the on-field performance or the roster, they can control the fan experience.“We want to really engage our fans and we want them to have fun,” Smorol said. “Again, that’s what it’s all about — just the fans having fun, wanting to come to the ballpark, spend some time with their families, spend some time with their friends and by the way, there’s a really good baseball game going on.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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WHS Daily Bulletin: April Students of the Month announced

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, May 2, 2016:Monday • Tennis at McPherson.• JV Golf at WHS.• JV Track at Andale.• Buhler baseball at Wellington, 4 p.m.• Buhler Softball at WHSTuesday• Golf at Hesston• JV Golf at Clearwater• C-Team Baseball at WHSWednesday• Crusader Way- WSU TripThursday• Baseball at Clearwater• Softball at Clearwater• JV Baseball at Goddard• Golf at Tex ConsolverFriday• Regional Tennis• Track at ChaparralSaturday• JV Baseball at WHS• Baseball at KC TurnerSunday• BaccalaureateToday’s lunch — Taco Soup, Tortilla Chips, Baby Carrots, Chilled Pears, Snickerdoodle and MilkTuesday’s lunch — Chicken Patty, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Peas, Banana, Hot Roll and Milk.Today’s News: *JV Golf is dismissed at 1:30 today, JV Track is out at 1:15,  Baseball is out at 2:20, JV Baseball is out at 2:50 and Softball at 2:45. They are marked Activity.*Congratulations to the April Students of the Month.9th- Isabella Metzen10th- Kialee LeValley11th- Victoria Winger12th- Jared Shield*Classic Movie Club will be watching the movie “Dirty Harry” tomorrow at 3:15 in room 205.*Any Junior wanting to be a midterm completer next year needs to turn in the form to Mrs. Brown by May 6th.*Attention STUCO Members: Please see Ms. Vaughn sometime today to vote for STUCO Officers for next year.*If you are interested in being a class officer next year, pick up an application in the office. You must have a minimum GPA of a 2.0 and you must be passing 5 classes to be eligible to serve as an officer. As an officer, you will be expected to attend monthly STUCO meetings. Applications will be due Friday May 6th. Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 10th during 2nd hour.*Color Guard Try-outs will be this week starting at 5:00 in the gym. Wear closed toe shoes.*Help fight childhood hunger! You can bring crackers, PB & J packages, beanie weenies, microwave raviolis, mini cereal packages, pudding or canned foods. The last day to bring food is Thursday May 5th. You can bring cans to your first hour teacher to get put into a drawing for a fabulous prize.*It’s that time of year! Library books are due soon.  Seniors– Your books are due TODAY before 3:05. Any book returned after 3:05 will be fined $1 per book, per day. Juniors, Sophomores and Freshman- Your library books are due on Friday May 6th before 3:05. Any book returned after 3:05 will be fined $1 per book, per day. Fines will be added to your school fee’s if not paid. Any book not returned by Friday, May 13th will be considered lost and a full replacement value will be charged.* The Lip Dub premiere will be TOMORROW at the Regent and the cost is $5 per ticket. The tickets will be sold at the door and there are only a limited amount of seats available so mark your calendars and be one of the fist people to experience this awesome video!*The Free Will Baptist Church will be hosting the Baccalaureate on May 8th at 3:00. The church is located at 1219 North Plum.*There will be a Cross Country meeting after school on May 4th in the Health/PE Room.Guidance news:Monday, May 2 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National Life Insurance DayNational Truffle DayNational Melanoma Monday.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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