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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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Police: Man Threatens to Shoot Up Juno Beach Pier

first_imgPolice say a man threatened to shoot up the Juno Beach Pier when he was asked to leave last week.Juno Beach Police arrested 18-year-old Cory Matthew Clemens over the weekend and charged him with written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting.Investigators say Clemons, who is a regular fisherman at the pier, refused to leave last Friday when an attendant told him it was closing time. According to witnesses, he told the attendant, “I’m not leaving, this is my life.”Clemons continued fishing but eventually left, after allegedly threatening to physically attack the attendant.Last Saturday, Clemons went out on the pier without paying the admission fee, police say. The next day, a fisherman showed the attendant a Snapchat post which threatened to shoot up the pier.According to the arrest report, Clemons admitted to police that he sent three threatening Snapchat messages to six people, with each post threatening to shoot up either the pier or the staff.He appeared in court on Wednesday morning.last_img read more

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Syracuse volleyball takes down Siena, 3-0, in 2017 season opener

first_imgIn its first game of the season, Syracuse (1-0) beat Siena (0-1), 3-0, Friday at the Women’s Building.The match marked the first of the Syracuse Tournament, a two-day slate of games featuring the Orange, Siena, Colgate, Grand Canyon, and Niagara.Kendra Lukacs led the Orange with 11 kills, six of which came in an impressive third set. The sophomore’s 12.5 points paced Syracuse. Defensive specialist Belle Sand had a game-high 15 digs, while junior Annie Bozzo’s 17 assists were a team high.The Orange dominated the first set, taking a 16-6 lead before winning the stanza, 25-19. Siena raced out to an early 7-3 advantage in the second set before Syracuse responded, closing the set on a 22-9 run. Jalissa Trotter set the tone for the Orange, notching eight assists in the second set alone.Trotter finished the game with 11 assists, good for second on the team. Siena took a 4-1 lead to begin the third set, but the Saints’ advantage unraveled. Sparked by Amber Witherspoon’s three blocks and Bozzo’s nine assists during the set, Syracuse recovered with another game-changing run. The Orange outscored Siena 24-12 to end the set and finish the 3-0 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNext up for Syracuse is Grand Canyon Friday at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Building. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

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Whicker: Kershaw, deGrom turn game 1 into a showdown of arms

first_imgClayton Kershaw ambled off to the dugout after 6 2/3 innings, bathed by cheers he didn’t need to hear, surrounded by Mets on the basepaths who were excited he was leaving.“It wasn’t like we stood up and cheered,” said New York manager Terry Collins. “But it’s nice to see him walk off the field with us in the lead.”The Mets led 1-0 on Daniel Murphy’s home run in the fourth inning, the one piece of meat in a riveting famine of a playoff game. At one point Kershaw and Jacob deGrom had struck out 12 of the first 21 hitters. Kershaw had 11 strikeouts in five innings. Mets batting coach Kevin Long was getting ribbed in the dugout at that point. “They were telling him it was a good plan, seeing if we could strike out enough to drive up his pitch count,” Collins said. And it worked as well as anything else. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “As I sit here right now, he might have gone a little too far,” Collins said.First, however, the Dodgers have to make sure there is a Game 4, and to do that they have to beat either Noah Syndegaard at Dodger Stadium tonight or Matt Harvey in New York on Tuesday night, neither of which will be simple.Mattingly’s rationale was to make sure Kershaw didn’t have to face Wright for the fourth time when it mattered. In the first inning, Wright treated the fans to several souvenirs, fouling off eight pitches, six with two strikes, and going through a 12-pitch at-bat that launched Kershaw on the road to bad pitch count numbers.“(Curtis) Granderson started out by putting a good move on the first pitch (and lining out),” Murphy said. “I was afraid that it would be something like an eight-pitch inning, but David went up there and battled, and it paid dividends later. Plus, he won the at-bat (with a walk).”The crucial seventh began with a walk to Lucas Duda. “Clayton was a little out of sync there,” Mattingly said. With one out, Kershaw faced shortstop Ruben Tejada, whose defense got him playing time over Wilmer Flores’ offense. Tejada had 38 walks this year. He fell behind Kershaw 0-and-2 and fouled off two pitches, then took four balls. That was the plate appearance that put the Dodgers in check, and deGrom, a former infielder at Stetson University, moved them closer to checkmate with an expert bunt that moved up the baserunners.“Then Granderson comes up with a great left-on-left walk,” Murphy said. Kershaw tightened his lips as he snatched the ball back from A.J. Ellis, following a 3-and-2 pitch, at 95 mph, that just missed. He has been through enough postseason pickles to know when things turn sour.But it was hard to lay anything on Kershaw when you saw how much horsepower was under deGrom’s hood. The first batter he faced was Carl Crawford, and he took care of him with five pitches at the following speeds: 97, 97, 97, 97 and 98.“He beat us with velocity a lot of times,” Mattingly said. “I thought we did a good job laying off the breaking balls that he wanted us to chase. But that meant he was able to get us out with high fastballs. He was good tonight, but we had some chances.’The Dodgers were 0 for 6 with men in scoring position in the first four innings. Then deGrom began mixing in some off-speed stuff (definition: 85 to 90 mph) and he retired 11 straight Dodgers and struck out the last three he faced.The question is whether Kershaw will hear any more cheers in 2015, and for what reasons.center_img • PHOTOS: deGrom, Mets beat DodgersThis time Dodgers manager Don Mattingly lifted Kershaw to bring in reliever Pedro Baez, after Kershaw had walked three Mets, and David Wright was due to hit with two out.This decision will be second-guessed, of course, but Mattingly had perfectly sensible reasons, since Kershaw had thrown 113 pitches. The problem was not generated by Mattingly, but by a front office that had this ailment in the bullpen last year and could not find the prescription for it. Here, Baez hulked his way in, threw high-velocity fastballs, fell behind and watched Wright, one of the best Mets ever, rip a two-run single to center that put New York up 3-0 in a game it would win 3-1.deGrom left, too, after seven innings and 121 pitches. Collins had toyed with the idea of bringing back the shaggy right-hander for Game 4. last_img read more