FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Some cities using lotteries to ration flu vaccine

first_img Providing easy access to hand sanitizers Eligible residents can add their names to the existing pool of about 1,600 until Nov 12. Next week, health department employees will draw the names. Important as it could be for those chosen, McKim said the drawing will take place without fanfare. To date, 29 states have reported flu cases to the CDC, Gerberding said during a teleconference Nov 9, but the number of cases is well within normal limits. See also: The department announced the same day that it was shipping its available vaccine supply of about 74,000 doses to local health departments and to providers in the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which helps needy children. The shipments included 42,000 doses for the VFC program and 32,000 doses for health departments. Placing a box of surgical masks as close to the entry as possible “ACIP [the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises CDC] has given us a national standard,” he said. “I don’t have a scientific basis on which to re-prioritize.” After learning of his situation, a retirement home offered Pallotto a dose of its leftover vaccine. The AP reported he would get the shot on Nov 9. A survey of healthcare and home-care agencies in New York showed a need for about 1.4 million doses of vaccine, of which the agencies have received only 460,000 doses, said Robert Kenney, a spokesman for the state’s health department, in a Nov 3 phone interview. “It’s a clue. And we don’t know if it’s going to be a useful clue or not,” she was quoted as saying. Colorado: Following CDC rules, mostly Vaccine doses were to be allocated to health departments on the basis of population. Some counties may offer those vaccines to local long-term care facilities or to healthcare providers for high-risk patients, officials said. The amounts do not include those for New York City, which is receiving its own supply of redistributed flu vaccine from the CDC, the announcement said. Separating patients with respiratory illnesses from other patients California: Honing hygiene practices New York: doses for kids distributed About 1,600 eligible Quincy residents had entered their names for the flu-shot lottery as of yesterday, said Karen McKim, RN, a public health nurse in the city health department. The city received about 1,000 doses from the state and had separately purchased another 300 doses for city employees, she said. Now all 1,300 doses will be used for seniors and the chronically ill. The Mendocino County Public Health Department departed from CDC recommendations to limit the number of people eligible for vaccines, according to a report published Nov 6 in the Ukiah Daily Journal. The county is recommending people ages 70 and older get flu shots, as opposed to the CDC guideline of anybody 65 or older. The county will also tighten its definition for chronic disease, the county’s public health nursing director, Carol Whittingslow, was quoted as saying. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials met with Illinois officials last week, but hadn’t given authorization as of Nov 8. A letter from Lester Crawford, DVM, PhD, acting commissioner of the FDA, on Oct 27 indicated FDA was trying to identify flu vaccine sources and would work with Illinois, but emphasized the importance of assuring a safe vaccine and delivery process. Vaccine has proved more plentiful than the situation indicated a month ago in Minnesota, the AP reported on Nov 7. Nursing homes have enough flu vaccine, officials told the AP. Jumps in sales might indicate that flu is emerging, Julie Gerberding told the Associated Press (AP) during the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. Within three weeks after the Chiron announcement, the state received an additional 196,000 doses, Calonge said. Those have been distributed according to the CDC guidelines, with eligible residents receiving shots on a first-come, first-served basis, he said. He expressed a concern that straying from those guidelines could lead to liability problems. Sixty-two-year-old Nick Pallotto, who works as Santa Claus each year, entered the limelight when a Colorado Springs, Colo., clinic denied him a flu shot on Nov 6. “We consider this the highest of the high priorities,” McKim said. “There’s going to be so many of us drawing the names, just to get this done. Then we’ll have to alphabetize them all and call them back,” she said. More than 200,000 doses of vaccine reached Colorado before Chiron’s vaccine lots were condemned in early October, Calonge said today. “It was given out in mass flu-vaccination clinics,” and authorities don’t know how many of those doses reached the highest-priority patients. Providing masks to all patients with symptoms of a respiratory illness The shots will go to county health departments, which will determine how to allocate them, a spokesman told the AP One low-risk state resident made national news this week when he tried to obtain a flu shot. Scrambling for vaccine: A sampling of responses (Oct 28, 2004, series article) Quincy public health officials once vaccinated as many as 5,000 people each flu season, but budget woes forced them to reduce that number to about 2,400 people in recent years, McKim said. This year, a number of vaccine doses have been distributed to pediatricians, so the public health department is focusing on the 75-and-older crowd and younger adults with provable, serious chronic diseases. The Florida Health Department said it is receiving 140,000 doses of flu over the next week, according to a Nov 8 AP story. That follows the delivery of 440,000 doses 2 weeks ago, the AP said. Pallotto is too young and healthy to be vaccinated, the AP reported. But his work as Santa brought about 10,000 kids to his lap in 2003, which is why he gets a flu shot every year, he told a reporter. “We have a high senior population and we found it [a lottery] was probably the fairest way to do it,” McKim told CIDRAP News. Florida: Phase two of vaccinating Minnesota: Supplies unexpectedly improved Nov 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Massachusetts residents in at least three communities are hoping to obtain flu shots through the luck of the draw as local health departments seek the fairest way to distribute limited vaccine supplies among those who need them the most. Colorado has an estimated 1.1 to 1.2 million people eligible for vaccination this year, said Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Below are glimpses of what’s happening in several other states. At the national level, the director of the CDC has announced a plan to monitor sales of over-the-counter drugs as one way to spot local influenza outbreaks, she told reporters on Nov 7. A month ago most nursing homes in the state lacked vaccine, but enough has since been found to supply all 405 facilities. Officials say that the state has received a total of about 800,000 doses of vaccine. In Massachusetts, local departments are free to develop their own distribution plan, providing they hew to statewide emergency eligibility rules: vaccine can be given to seniors 75 years and older, children 6 to 23 months old, patients with severe chronic illness, and pregnant women, according to a Nov 7 Boston Globe story. Those guidelines are more restrictive than the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Redefining eligibility is increasingly common as state and local departments try to stretch vaccine supplies in a time of shortage. In Massachusetts, the Holyoke, Quincy, and Upton health departments are conducting lotteries. Unwilling to watch this flu season unfold with such limited vaccine, governors in two states have announced they will try to buy vaccine from European wholesalers, though neither state has federal approval to make the purchases, the AP reported on Nov 4. New Mexico and Illinois want to import about 400,000 doses combined, the story said. The same story reported that the health department sent a letter to physicians recommending a few simple steps to improve respiratory hygiene in clinics, including:last_img read more

Bumper auction month on the Gold Coast with the return of southern buyers and holiday home hunters

first_imgRay White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell at work. Picture Glenn HampsonTHE Gold Coast’s bumper month of auctions has come to an end with a combined $80 million in property selling under the hammer within two weeks. Thousands of people attended auction events around the city, eager to snap up their own piece of paradise.The latest result was posted on Tuesday night when a Ray White Runaway Bay auction at the Sheraton Mirage achieved $5 million in residential sales. Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s annual auction extravaganza, The Event, last weekend showcased 135 listings. At press time, the group had tallied $40.6 million worth of sales, including 20 listings sold before auction and another 61 either under the hammer or in negotiations afterwards. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoA huge crowd turned out for The Event hosted by Ray White Surfers Paradise. Picture Glenn HampsonRWSP CEO Andrew Bell said the notable trend from the auction was the return of Sydney and Melbourne investors.“They feel the values are going to creep up on the Gold Coast and are putting their foot on something now before prices track up,” he said. Mr Bell said there had also been the return of the holiday homebuyer and that first-home buyers hadn’t been seen in recent years to the extent that they attended The Event. “They were very active at auction, even though they are on tight budgets,” he said. A huge crowd turned out for “The Event” hosted by Ray White Surfers Paradise with 131 properties going to auction at Bundall. Auctioneer Phil Parker at work. Picture Glenn HampsonRay White’s Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach and Robina offices also combined for their Summer 17 auctions. With 23 properties up for grabs, the three offices achieved a combined total just shy of $15 million in sales. Lucy Cole Prestige Properties took 15 properties to auction last Saturday, selling about $8 million worth of real estate. Ms Cole said there were a variety of local, interstate and international buyers in the crowd. The previous week, the Ray White Gold Coast South Network conducted 38 auctions in a day with sales totalling more than $12 million.last_img read more

Dyche: Clarets hungry for more wins

first_img Written off before the start of the season, the Clarets’ prospects appeared bleak when they failed to win any of their first 10 league games. But successive victories over Hull and Stoke have taken Burnley’s points tally into double figures and lifted them off the bottom of the table. For Dyche, though, the winless run was not a catastrophe – just as two wins do not mean survival is suddenly on the cards. He said: “I don’t think it’s ever got to a stage where it’s been too affecting of the players. I think it’s been positive all the way through. We believe in that environment anyway, the culture we set here. “Of course, winning enhances that, and it just reminds the players of what they’re about. We made a fantastic habit of winning a lot last year – the challenge changed, quite simply. “I felt wins would come regardless of all the outside media angles, and they have come, but I also suggested that one doesn’t cure everything and two doesn’t – you need more. So we’re still thirsty and hungry to get more.” Aston Villa are the opponents at Turf Moor on Saturday as Burnley look to make it three wins in a row. Paul Lambert’s side are only two points above the Clarets and have failed to win any of their last eight games, although they did claim a creditable draw against high-flying Southampton on Monday. Victory could see Burnley climb out of the bottom three, but Dyche maintains that is not extra motivation, saying: “The perfect incentive is just game by game to win. “There can never be any better incentive than winning. All the rest of it takes care of itself. We’ve won two back to back, which is excellent for all concerned. Sean Dyche insists winning games will not change Burnley’s approach to the Barclays Premier League. “We’ve got two home games coming up, which we’re looking forward to. We can only take one at a time and we’ll be ready for the Villa game. That is something that we do simplify. “It was only a couple of games ago that one (reporter) said, ‘Will you ever win a game?’ The point is you’ve got to win the next one or the next one. The one-game mentality of last season has never been more relevant because this league is very unforgiving. “The freedom we do have is that the expectation on us is so low – outside of our own expectation. That changes the outlook from other teams – there’s a massive expectation on them to win. “Virtually every other team in the division – their fans, their manager, their players – will be thinking, ‘We have to beat Burnley’.” Burnley and Villa are the lowest goalscorers in the Premier League, having managed just 14 between them in 24 games. Villa have only scored twice in their winless run but Burnley have begun to find the net more frequently, with Danny Ings scoring three times in the last four games. The visitors will again be without Christian Benteke, who serves the final game of a three-match ban, while they also have injury problems in defence. There was another blow for manager Lambert on Friday, meanwhile, when assistant Roy Keane resigned to concentrate on his role with the Republic of Ireland. “There’s a big expectation on a club like that,” Dyche said. “There are some realities for them as well. They’re missing a couple of players that have become really big players for them, particularly Benteke and (Fabian) Delph. “It’s a young side maturing. Make no mistake – I think they’re a good side. I was down there on Monday and they’re giving everything. “Probably like ourselves at times, they’re trying to find that extra bit of quality and moment of clarity to score a goal and win a game. They’ve experienced it enough over the last couple of seasons to be able to do that.” Dyche welcomes back midfielder Scott Arfield to the squad after he missed the Stoke game with a knock but defender Michael Duff (calf) is a doubt. Paul Lambert has defended his decision to send striker Darren Bent out on loan despite Aston Villa’s toothless attack leaving them as the Barclays Premier League’s lowest scorers. Villa have scored just six goals all season, with forwards Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann sharing three apiece. However, Lambert this week packed Bent off to Sky Bet Championship outfit Brighton despite fans clamouring for the proven goalscorer to be given a chance. The Villa boss has always refused to criticise Bent ever since the former Tottenham man fell out of favour during the 2012-13 season, but insists he has his reasons for overlooking the 30-year-old. Asked if Bent’s career as a top-flight forward is over, the Scot said: “No, listen, I don’t know. “Darren wanted to go out on loan about a month ago but with Christian Benteke being suspended we had to keep him here. “It gets Darren’s career going again and that’s why I loaned him to Fulham last year, to try to get him going. But Darren wanted to go himself as well. “Christian is coming back after Saturday and I think Gabby Agbonlahor and Andi Weimann will find their feet again in terms of goalscoring. “Charles N’Zogbia is playing pretty decently and Joe Cole is nearly fully fit. So there are certainly goals within the team, we just need to find the solutions to win games.” Lambert admits Bent’s style of forward play simply does not fit into his own ethos. He said: “I play a certain type of football and in a certain way and Gabby has been playing well up there himself, Andi can do it as well, Christian is coming back so there are three guys there that are in front of him. “There’s young Callum Robinson who’s come back after doing really well at Preston so I’ve made the decision for that to happen. “We just play a different way. Darren came to me a month ago saying he wanted the chance to play more games (and go on loan), which I agreed to do.” Benteke sits out Saturday’s trip to Brighton in the final match of his three-game ban for violent conduct against Tottenham. Press Associationlast_img read more

Investigation: Body found on sidewalk in Miami neighborhood

first_imgAuthorities are currently investigating a the death of a man who was found deceased on the sidewalk of a Miami neighborhood.Not much as been released about the incident at this time, however, it was said that body was found Thursday just before 9:30 pm near the 17600 block of Northwest 27th.This is a developing story.last_img

Sammy forces play-off with last hole birdie

first_img England’s Sammy Fuller birdied the last hole to force a sudden-death play-off in the Irish girls’ open stroke play championship at Roganstown. But her bid for the title ended on the second hole of the play-off when Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey chipped dead to secure a winning birdie four – and her third consecutive victory in this championship. Despite the disappointment Fuller had much to cheer about, for the result marked a return to fitness after a year of being hampered by a wrist injury. “It’s been quite difficult, it’s affected my golf big-time,” said the 15-year-old from Roehampton in Surrey (image © Leaderboard Photography). “Last year I was just playing through the pain and it got to the point when I couldn’t physically play anymore.” An MRI scan finally identified the problem in her left wrist and she had surgery three months ago. “The Irish girls’ was my first proper big tournament for ages and my aim was to finish it pain free, which I did,” said Fuller. “It’s 100 per cent better.” Fuller had been two shots off the pace after 36 holes, while Mehaffey was a further stroke back. But in Sunday’s final round the overnight leader, Isabella Holpfer of Austria, slipped back after two bogeys and a double in her first nine holes. Mehaffey shot level par 71 to take the clubhouse lead, but moments later Fuller tied her, holing a 10-footer on the 18th for her only birdie of the round and a closing 72. “I played really well in the last round, I bogeyed two of the first four holes but then I hit pretty nearly every green and parred every single hole until the last, which I birdied to get in the play-off.” The players set out to decide the title on the par three ninth, which they halved in par. On the par five 10th, Mehaffey overshot the green in two but chipped dead for her winning birdie. The international team event was won by Sweden, one shot ahead of England, represented by  Fuller, Emma Allen (Meon Valley) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), and Scotland. Click here for full scores 19 Apr 2015 Sammy forces play-off with last hole birdie last_img read more

Fair Haven Toy Store Owner Looking to Put Some Cheer in…

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – Margaret Spicer is a toy story owner who obviously knows the importance of toys for children, especially during the holiday season.Because of that, Spicer is putting together a toy drive to benefit children who have been impacted by Super Storm Sandy.The owner of Distinctive Toys at 595 River Road is looking for donations of toys and money to purchase toys so that children can have a happy Hanukkah or a merry Christmas. She has teamed up with the Knights of Columbus Council 3187, which is located at 200 Fair Haven Road, and the nonprofit Fair Haven organization Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation for this effort.While she has sought donations of toys from the companies she deals with, Spicer stressed that those donating are not being asked to purchase toys from her store.She is hoping to have the toys set up at the Knights of Columbus in time for at least half of the Hanukkah season and for Christmas. Those needing toys for their children will be able to “shop” there.A lifelong resident, Spicer decided to put this effort together on Monday, Nov. 12, after finally seeing the devastation of the area on videos when her husband’s office got its power back.Those who want to make a monetary or toy donation may drop it off at her store or call her at 732-747-8080 for additional information.last_img read more

Republican Freeholders ‘Win The Day’

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |Democrats won a prized U.S. Senate seat, maintained command of the 6th Congressional District and took full control of the governing body in Red Bank, but had little else to celebrate in the Two River area.Despite victories by Sen. Bob Menendez, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. and the Red Bank’s Democratic ticket of Mayor Pasquale Menna, Kate Triggiano and Hazim Yassin, it was the Republicans who ruled the day in Monmouth County and the greater Two River Area, a victory heralded by county GOP chairman Shaun Golden.Just before midnight at a podium inside the American Hotel of Freehold where Republicans had gathered to celebrate, Golden was joined by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, who had successfully defended his 4th Congressional District seat against Democrat Josh Welle. According to unofficial tallies posted by the county clerk, Smith received 53 percent of the 171,100 votes cast, and Welle received 46 percent.Also at Golden’s side were Republicans Gerard Scharfenberger and Sue Kiley, both of whom won election to the county Board of Chosen Freeholders.Scharfenberger, who was appointed to the freeholder board in January to fill a seat vacated by Serena DiMaso, received 125,055 votes to hold off Democrat Larry Luttrell, who collected 115,365 votes in the race for a one-year unexpired term.Kiley earned 122,165 votes to Democrat Amber Gesslein’s 108,946 votes to secure a full-term on the board. Independent candidate John P. Curley, a current freeholder seeking re-election, logged 10,943 votes.Golden not only cited record voter turnout for the success of the freeholder candidates, but their collective efforts to inspire voters to trek to their polling stations in the face of inclement weather.According to Golden, Scharfenberger and Kiley visited approximately 40,000 county households and made 127,000 phone calls to county residents in the past year.“They didn’t stop walking all year, from the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March through Election Day, and because of those outreach efforts, they touched a lot of people,” said Golden in an election night interview with The Two River Times.Scharfenberger is a Middletown resident who served as the township’s mayor six times during his service on the governing body between 2007 and 2017. Kiley is the sitting deputy mayor in Hazlet Township, where she shouldered the mayoral role in 2017.Golden said their experience allowed the candidates to stand apart from the rest.“We had two incredibly hardworking candidates with not only significant political experience, but significant life experience,” Golden added. “Gerry’s done a really nice job so far on the freeholder board and Sue will be a great addition, too.”Kiley cited a return of dignity to the open seat she won as an aspect of her campaign that resonated with voters, referencing the troubles that befell the former Republican freeholder Curley, and the sexual harassment investigation that prompted the board to censure him in December.“The fact that we can restore dignity to the seat I won tonight, and the fact that Gerry and I already work so well together, not to mention the track records that we bring with us, I think all of this added up in the eyes of the voters and helped us win the day,” Kiley said in a post-election interview with The Two River Times.This article was first published in the Nov. 8-14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more