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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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Mourinho aware of FFP demands

first_img “Every wrong move you make has an influence on the future. You need to work more closely with the board in the financial area, you have to have a different perspective and a different look at the players on loan and youth football. “It’s more global. Instead of just focusing on your team, and your targets and ambitions, it’s an overall view. It’s a different profile of job and I’m happy with that, I’m enjoying that.” The changes are certain to affect Chelsea’s usual approach to the transfer market and cast doubt on the possibility Mourinho will this summer exceed the estimated £70million he spent on players when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004. The Blues have already signed Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen for an undisclosed fee while Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk and Galatasaray playmaker Wesley Sneijder are all reported targets. Mourinho has identified regular qualification for the Champions League as one key to maintaining Chelsea’s economic stability. “We need to go back to this stability,” he added. “It’s important for the players, for the young players’ development, for the club, for the fan base and for the economic situation which is more important with Financial Fair Play. “This is what we want, me as a manager, the owner and the board. The owner and the board want stability and then after that if we are working well and working together, success comes naturally.” Jose Mourinho will embrace the new era of Financial Fair Play as a motivating factor during his second spell as Chelsea manager. Press Associationcenter_img Club accounts have been subjected to assessment for the last two years under the FFP regulations laid down by European football’s governing body UEFA, with outgoings being measured against revenues from football activities, and those wishing to participate in European competition are not permitted to make significant losses. “It’s very motivational and demands more from you. You have to think more about every decision and every move,” Mourinho told chelsea’s official website. last_img read more

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Leuer stars in 1st half, Taylor finishes for Badgers

first_imgThe superhero set the tone early, and the sidekick finished it late. Together, they combined for 49 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists.That was the story for the Wisconsin Badgers (5-2) Saturday afternoon, as forward Jon Leuer scored 20 of his game-high (and career-high) 29 points in the first half against South Dakota. In the next half, point guard Jordan Taylor cemented the Badgers’ 76-61 win by contributing 14 of his 20 points in the game’s final 15 minutes. Taylor missed the first triple-double in UW history by one assist, finishing with nine and 11 rebounds.“How about that performance”? UW head coach Bo Ryan said of Taylor’s game. “Jordan was definitely the difference-maker.”In the first half, Leuer and the Badgers came out on fire on the offensive end. Against a South Dakota team that it knew would frequently push the ball up the court and take quick shots, Wisconsin took advantage of the many opportunities it saw on the offensive end. The Badgers shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half, taking three more shots than South Dakota did en route to shooting 46.7 percent.Leuer converted seven of his 13 first-half shot attempts, including five of eight from behind the arc. The 6-10, 228 lb. senior also pulled down three rebounds in the first half, finishing with nine, and equaled his career-high with four blocks.“I definitely worked on [my shot] in the offseason, just trying to improve my shot and make it more consistent,” Leuer said. “But basically, just taking the looks that the defense gives me and trying to make the right reads. Jordan was finding me in some spots, and he penetrates the lane so well that a lot of times, the defense has to collapse on him. It’s mainly just spotting up and getting my feet set and getting down ready to shoot it. I think that’s the biggest difference.”Each team had seven turnovers in the first half, but the Badgers had only two in the second half and the Coyotes had five. Wisconsin also finished with 20 assists, and as a result, the Badgers’ assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.80 on the season surpassed Kansas’ 1.78 as the nation’s best.“We haven’t been one of the best teams in the country as far as taking care of the ball by accident,” Ryan said. “You just follow the rules.”While Ryan was unhappy with the Badgers’ first-half turnovers, the defense surely assuaged those concerns in the second half. The Coyotes scored only 24 points in the second half, and they shot a poor 28 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range. For the game, South Dakota finished 38.2 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from behind the arc.Taylor was also a big reason for the Badgers’ second half improvement. After shooting 3-6 from the field and 0-2 from behind the arc, Taylor continued his hot shooting with 4-9 and 2-4 in the second half, respectively. The 6-1, 195 lb. point guard also finally got to the foul line in the second half, sinking all four of his attempts.“I was trying to be aggressive and trying to create other opportunities for myself and for my teammates, whatever the defense allows,” Taylor said. “I think we were attacking a little bit.”For Leuer, Taylor’s complete game effort was remarkable.“He showed tonight just how he runs the show,” Leuer said. “Like I said, he’s just able to get in the lane, just cause so many different problems for the defense that they have to help on him. He just makes great decisions with the ball, too. He finds the open guy; he’s just a fun point guard to play with. I’m glad we have him on our side.”last_img read more