CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24

first_imgSep 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Because of continuing uncertainty about the supply of influenza vaccine this winter, federal health officials said today that inactivated flu vaccine should be reserved for high-risk groups until late October.”Beginning October 24, all persons will be eligible for vaccination,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The groups recommended to get first use of inactivated vaccine include people aged 65 and older, those with chronic illness, nursing home residents, children aged 6 to 23 months, pregnant women, healthcare workers who provide direct patient care, and household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months.However, people need not wait until Oct 24 to receive MedImmune’s live nasal-spray vaccine, FluMist, the CDC said. FluMist is licensed for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49, except for pregnant women.The recommendation comes a day after the flu vaccine supply picture improved with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine and a positive report on Chiron’s progress in addressing problems at its flu vaccine production plant in England. The CDC said the recommendation was necessary because the overall vaccine supply and the timing of distribution remain uncertain.In today’s article, the CDC gives estimates of flu vaccine supplies for the United States that add up to a range of 89 million to 97 million doses. That includes 60 million doses from Sanofi Aventis, 18 million to 26 million from Chiron, 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, and 3 million from MedImmune. (Yesterday, as reported here, a CDC spokesman had listed Sanofi Aventis’s expected production at 50 million doses instead of 60 million, yielding a total production estimate of 79 million to 87 million doses.)Last fall and winter, the loss of 48 million doses of vaccine expected from Chiron prompted an effort to reserve vaccine for high-risk groups until late in the flu season. Ultimately, 57 million Americans were vaccinated and about 3 million doses went unused. In the 2003-04 season, which also saw some shortages, about 87 million doses were available in the US market. The US supply in 2002-03 totaled about 95 million doses, according to the CDC.Yesterday the FDA said Chiron had made “significant progress” in addressing the contamination problems that had forced the company to cancel delivery of doses to the United States. But the agency said more work is needed to determine how many doses the company will be able to supply this year.CDC. Update: influenza vaccine supply and recommendations for prioritization during the 2005-06 influenza season. MMWR 2005 Sep 2;54(34):850 [Full text]See also:CDC’s Aug 6, 2005, recommendations on tiered use of flu vaccine in the event of a shortagehttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5430a4.htmlast_img read more

Guardiola names who to blame for Kane, Rashford injuries

first_img Loading… Pep Guardiola says football’s power brokers are ruining England’s chances of success at Euro 2020 – because of the punishing fixture schedule. England strikers Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford are enduring long injury lay-offs, with both facing a battle to prove their fitness ahead of this summer’s tournament. Marcus Rashford will be out of action for Man Utd after he was injured against Wolves last week Tottenham ’s Kane suffered a ruptured tendon in his hamstring which required surgery, while Manchester United forward Rashford sustained a double stress fracture of his back. Manchester City boss Guardiola believes the Football Association and the Premier League only have themselves to blame for the high-profile injuries – because of the fixture demands on players. Guardiola said players are breaking down because they are required to play too many games and even called for the Carabao Cup to be scrapped. Kane is also sidelined. “I’m so sorry for Kane and Rashford, but we demand a lot from the players, it’s too much,” said Guardiola. “The players deserve to be treated as they should be, so they perform as well as possible. “It’s unsustainable. The players fall down. It’s too much. They [the authorities] should reflect on it but all the managers complained about it and they don’t care. “The players suffer. We push and push, but the body says stop, it’s enough. Of course it’s too much to expect. Read Also: Man Utd fans blast Solskjaer for over using Rashford “Less games, less competitions, less teams, more quality, less quantity.” Guardiola has rested England winger Raheem Sterling, who has sat out two of City’s last four games, to save him from burn-out and potential injury. “He’s played more than 3,000 minutes,” said Guardiola. “His standards are continuing quite similarly. Maybe he hasn’t scored in the last few games, but there are no doubts.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “The players arrive at the Euros, playing with the national teams, trying their best, then back here after no more than 20 days because the business, the show must go on. “The big administration people cannot complain, because it’s normal this happens. “With that number of games, players break down. I’m not surprised. I’m so sorry for them.” Pressed on the solution, Guardiola, chasing a third successive Carabao Cup, suggested scrapping the competition entirely to ease the fixture burden. Asked if it would solve the issue if Premier League clubs were not involved, Guardiola said: “But then it wouldn’t be interesting. It would just be for the Championship teams or League One and League Two. “Eliminate competitions, take them out completely – so less games. Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Inventions That Make Our Lives Much Easierlast_img read more