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 shortage read more

Chris Paul on 30-point loss to Mavericks: ‘You have to flush it’

first_imgThe Mavericks shot 60.7 percent from the field, 57.1 percent (16 of 28) from 3-point range.Missing piecesThe Clippers are now 9-6 without Blake Griffin, who has missed the past 15 games because of a staph infection in his right elbow. Jamal Crawford (calf strain) missed his fifth consecutive game, during which the Clippers are 2-3.Griffin could possibly return today. If not, Tuesday at home against Charlotte would be his next opportunity.Scouting the RocketsThe Clippers are 2-1 against Houston. They won 102-85 on Nov. 28 at Houston and 110-95 Feb. 11 at Staples Center before losing 110-105 Feb. 25 at Houston. The Clippers have done rather well in holding down MVP candidate James Harden. He had 16 points on Nov. 28 on 5-of-12 shooting, nine points on Feb. 11 on 3-of-12 shooting and 21 points on Feb. 25 while shooting 4 of 13. He is a combined 3 of 20 from 3-point range.Harden averages 26.8 points, second in the league. He’s averaging just 15.3 against the Clippers.Tough scheduleHere’s what the Clippers are looking after today’s game: Tuesday at home against Charlotte, Wednesday at Sacramento, Friday at home against Washington and Sunday at home against New Orleans. “It is what it is; that’s the West,” Paul said of the conference’s competitiveness.Clippers coach Doc Rivers had in inkling Dallas would play with tremendous urgency. He was just hopeful his team would respond as such. The Clippers trailed 59-51 at halftime but were outscored 70-48 in the second half.“Yes, I thought they were into us,” Rivers said. “I thought they had their hands on us and we didn’t put our hands on them all game. You knew it was coming, but I thought we would handle it better. We did at the beginning of the game and it went down hill from there.”Paul, however, refused to buy any of the pregame motivation Dallas may have had.“All of that rah-rah stuff doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “You still have to play the game. We just didn’t play well.” The Clippers had to know there was a good chance the Dallas Mavericks would play them very hard Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas because the Mavericks had won just two of their previous seven games and were coming off a 33-point loss Tuesday at home to Cleveland.Although the Clippers surely did not expect to lose by 30 points (129-99) — their worst defeat of the season — they therefore choose not to dwell on the lopsided defeat moving forward.“They can have this one,” said Clippers point guard Chris Paul, whose team finished the regular season 2-1 against the Mavericks. “We have to get ready for the game on Sunday. This was ugly. I don’t think we play them anymore. You have to flush it.”Today, the Clippers play host to the Houston Rockets at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center. It’s another game against a Western Conference playoff-bound team as the Rockets (43-22) are in fourth in the standings, 1 1/2 games ahead of the fifth-place Clippers (42-24); Dallas (42-25) is now in sixth, just a half-game behind the Clippers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Karen Sue (McLain) Liebegott, Belle Plaine: Feb. 21, 1953 – July 12, 2013

first_imgKaren LiebegottKaren Sue (McLain) Liebegott, of Belle Plaine, has passed on to her next adventure after living a very fulfilling life here with her family and friends on Friday, July 12, 2013 in Wichita at the age of 60.Karen was born the daughter of Vera and Orpha McLain on February 21, 1953 in Berwyn, Illinois.On January 21, 1976, Karen and George C. Liebegott were united in marriage in Las Vegas, Nevada. Together they celebrated 37 years of marriage.Karen graduated from nursing school in 1976 while in Las Vegas, Nevada and she worked at Clifton Medical Center in Wichita for a number of years.She wishes to thank all her family and friends for the love and support they have provided her, and hope they find the same joy in life that she found.Survivors include husband, George Liebegott of Belle Plaine, sons, Jeff Liebegott of Hillsboro and Jason Liebegott of Wichita, Kanas, daughter, Tracy Braun and her husband Bill of Savannah, Georgia, grandchildren, Kristen Bunner of Vienna, West Virginia, Shane Bunner of Savannah, Georgia, Hanna Liebegott, Andrew Liebegott and Hunter Welch all of Lawrence, step-granddaughter Kate Braun of Savannah, Georgia and great-granddaughter Addison Braun of Savannah, Georgia.She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Brad McLain.Visitation will be held at the Day Funeral Home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2013 with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Funeral services for Karen will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road Wellington.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with Victory in the Valley 3755 East Douglas Ave. Wichita 67218. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more