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

Six keen owners are selling their homes at auction on Saturday

first_imgThe home at 67 Nyleta St, Coopers Plains.IF you’re still on the hunt for a last minute Christmas present, have you considered a house?In Brisbane there are six keen vendors who have opted to sell their homes at auction on the eve of Christmas Eve.In Coopers Plains, a renovator on a 764sq m block is going under the hammer at 10.30am on Saturday, December 23. Marketing agent Mark Allen, of Allen and Lee Real Estate, said 67 Nyleta St was a challenge waiting for the right buyer. The home at 15 Chadford St, MacGregor.Marketing agent Tom Zhang, of Yong Real Estate, said the four-bedroom property was less than 300m from Sunnybank Market Square. The two-storey brick and tile home is on a 597sq m block and has polished timber floors upstairs, an open-plan living area with balcony and a renovated kitchen. The four bedrooms and family bathroom are also on this levels. A second living room, bathroom, two-car garage and storage room are downstairs. Outside there is an undercover patio and large backyard. The final home scheduled for auction on Saturday is a five-bedroom investor-owned home going under the hammer at 2pm. The home at 66 Parklands Street CalamvaleTerry Zheng of Coronis Sunnybank has marketed 66 Parklands St as an urgent sale perfect for the family. The two-storey home is on a 700sq m block and has a renovated kitchen, tiled patio and open-plan living. There is an ensuite and walk-in robe to the main bedroom and all other bedrooms have built-in robes. Mr Zheng said the home was on a quiet street close to a bus stop, schools, shops and a walking track to Karrawatha Forest. In Kenmore Hills, a 1805sq m property with four-bedroom home, pool and modern kitchen is going to auction at 10am. The home at 104 Creekside St, Kenmore Hills.Marketing agent Grant Penrose, of REMAX Profile, said the property at 104 Creekside St was a “private sanctuary” perfect for family living. The two-storey house has wraparound verandas, decks and an outdoor entertaining area. The kitchen has stone benchtops, a dishwasher and plenty of bench and cupboard space. There are also formal and informal living space, four good-sized bedrooms and an ensuite and walk-in robe to the main bedroom. Outside, the gardens are landscaped and there is a heated saltwater swimming pool. Mr Penrose said the home was minutes from Kenmore Village shops, schools and restaurants. In Indooroopilly, Andrew Van Bennekom and Grace Tan of Ray White Toowong are taking a two-storey family home to auction at 10am. Inside the home at 67 Nyleta St, Coopers Plains.He said the home had “flaking paint work, old carpets, peeling wallpaper, battle scars from white ant attacks, an ancient kitchen, ugly bathroom with feature pink fittings … and decorating that is rather dated at best”.“The poor old house is not worth much (but) the land is the asset here,” he said. “It is 764sq m of pure gold in Coopers Plains — a success story of real estate on Brisbane’s south side for many years now.” Mr Allen said the property was perfect for renovators, developers, investors or builders. In Calamvale, a five-bedroom family home is also going under the hammer at 10.30am on Saturday. The home at 1 Naldi St, Sunnybank.The property at 1 Naldi St, Sunnybank is on a 1017sq m corner block with swimming pool and triple garage. The home has polished timber floors, exposed beams and light-filled rooms. On the ground floor there is an open-plan kitchen and dining room, games room, lounge room and a family room, which opens to the covered patio. The master bedroom is also on this level along with a second bedroom that could be used as a nursery. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms with built-in robes.Marketing agent Ramin Bay, of Elders Springwood, said the home was well located 2.6km from Sunnybank Plaza and walking distance to a bus stop and Altandi train station. Saturday’s auctions10am — 104 Creekside St, Kenmore Hills10am — 89 Almeida St, Indooroopilly10.30am — 67 Nyleta St, Coopers Plains 10.30am — 66 Parklands St, Calamvale11.30am — 15 Chadford St, MacGregor2pm — 1 Naldi St, Sunnybank The home at 89 Almeida St, Indooroopilly.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe investor-owned property at 89 Almeida St has fresh paint, new carpets and a backyard makeover. The home has a big kitchen, an open-plan living and dining room, and a separate family room with built-in bar.The family room opens through sliding doors to the poolside patio.The huge master bedroom has a walk-through robe and ensuite, and the two other main floor bedrooms have built-in robes. There is also a family bathroom, internal laundry and study. Upstairs there is a big airconditioned area that could be used as another living space, rumpus room or bedroom. In MacGregor, 15 Chadford St will go to auction at 11.30am. last_img read more

Becker slates younger generation’s inability to challenge ‘big three’

first_img(REUTERS) – Boris Becker says younger players on the men’s tour do not have the right mindset to challenge the “big three” of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slams.The trio have won every Grand Slam since 2017, with 33-year-old Nadal claiming the latest title at Roland Garros on Sunday, dispatching 25-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final for a second straight year.Becker, who won Wimbledon aged 17 and went on to win six Slams, said it was the mental aspect of the game more than anything that set Nadal, Federer (37) and Djokovic (32) apart.“I was just reading a stat that no active player outside the big three under 28, apart from Thiem, has been in a Grand Slam final,” Becker, a pundit with Eurosport, said looking ahead to Wimbledon which begins on July 1.“That’s not good, that’s not a compliment for anybody under 28. And don’t give me that ‘the others are too good’. We should question the quality and the attitude of everybody under 28; it just doesn’t make sense.”Other players to reach men’s Grand Slam finals in the past three years were Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka – all aged 30 and above.“As much as I respect Roger, Rafael and Novak, young players should show up,” Becker added. “Eventually, they will be too old, but you want to see the passing of the torch while they are still in their prime.“There’s a certain mentality that they (younger players) don’t have, that the three others do have. It’s not the forehands, it’s not the fitness. It’s mindset – attitude – that makes the difference between winning and losing.”last_img read more