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

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgComplementa Investment-Controlling – Thomas Breitenmoser has joined the Swiss consultancy as head of the investment consultant/controlling team and a member of the executive board. He joined from Lombard Odier, having most recently been at Swisscanto/Zürcher Kantonalbank. The firm has also hired Michel Oechslin as investment consultant/controller. Oechslin was most recently senior business project manager for investment reporting and accounting at UBS.NN IP – Lewis Jones has been appointed as a local-bonds portfolio manager on the emerging-market debt team, while Zoia Korepanova has been appointed as a corporate analyst. Jones joined from BNP Paribas Investment Partners and worked previously at Boston-based Fischer Francis Trees & Watts, where he was EMD portfolio manager. Korepanova joined from VTB Bank and Gazprombank.P-Solve – Kate Finch and Lara Edmonstone-West have been appointed as directors. Finch joins from SEI, where she was an institutional sales director, while Edmonstone-West rejoins P-Solve from KPMG, where she was a principal consultant.HTB Hanseatische Fondshaus – The Germany-based alternative investment fund manager has appointed Frank Ebner as chief executive. He joins from Deka Immobilien Investment, where he was a managing director and head of alternative investments. Before then, he worked at aurelis Real Estate as head of portfolio management and head of strategy and business development.Church Commissioners – The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, has been appointed deputy chair at the Church Commissioners’ board of governors, effective from 1 January 2017. Bishop David replaces the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, who is retiring from his bishopric in February.Kessler Topaz – Bram Hendriks has been appointed client relations manager for Europe, providing services to European shareholders in US class-action lawsuits. Before joining Kessler Topaz, he handled global securities litigation for NN Group.Absolute Return Partners – The institutional investment consultant has appointed Mark Moloney has a senior research analyst. He joins from fund of hedge funds Saguenay Strathmore Capital, where he was associate director.Union Bancaire Privée – Benjamin Schapiro has been appointed senior portfolio manager and co-manager for its Paris-based European convertible bonds team. He joins from La Financière de l’Echiquier, where he held the role of portfolio manager. Stamford Associates, Hymans Robertson, Willis Towers Watson, Legal & General Investment Management, Standard Life Investments, Complementa Investment-Controlling, Lombard Odier, UBS, NN IP, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, VTB Bank, P-Solve, SEI, KPMG, HTB Hanseatische Fondshaus, Deka Immobilien Investment, Church Commissioners, Kessler Topaz, Absolute Return Partners, Saguenay Strathmore Capital, Union Bancaire Privée, La Financière de l’EchiquierStamford Associates – Carl Hitchman has been appointed to the newly created role of head of fiduciary management advisory. He was formerly a partner and head of fiduciary oversight in the investment practice at Hymans Robertson. Before then, he was a director in the investment practice at Deloitte, and a member of Mercer’s UK investment consulting executive committee.Willis Towers Watson – Sara Rejal has been promoted to head of liquid alternatives, while Karen Dolenec has been promoted to head of real assets. Both joined Willis Towers Watson in 2014 as senior investment consultants. In her new role, Dolenec will continue to be responsible for real estate, infrastructure and natural resources, while Rejal will oversee hedge funds, alternative beta, reinsurance and multi-asset strategies.Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) – Dianne Ramsay has been appointed senior distribution manager within the institutional distribution team. She joins from Standard Life Investments, where she was an investment director in the solutions business. Before then, she worked at Schroders and Mercer.last_img read more

Eaves to UW captains: “less is more”

first_imgMegan McCormick / The Badger HeraldDespite two difficult overtime losses over the weekend at Michigan Tech, Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves said he doesn’t believe his young team has any confidence issues moving forward.However, Eaves did stress the need for his team not to press, especially his captains.“With the captains today, we talked about the fact that one of their challenges is not to be super captains, to do their part,” Eaves said. “Less is more. And that’s a difficult thing for adults to understand, let alone kids that are 18- to [early-20s-years-old].”As Eaves addressed the media in his weekly press conference Monday, he said he needed players like assistant captain Justin Schultz to adopt the “less is more” mentality in particular.“(Justin) wants so badly for the team to do well that he’s stepping outside what he would naturally do,” Eaves said. “You can see it on the ice out there. He’s got to try to strike a balance with the type of team that we have and understand that, and he’s learning.”When asked by a reporter about whether the fact captain and junior defenseman John Ramage had been on the ice for the majority of opposing goals was a result of him trying to do too much as well, Eaves said he thought Ramage’s struggles were a combination of factors.“I think he’s in a little bit of funk,” Eaves said. “On Saturday, he hits the guy in the shaft, (puck) goes in the net. So I think it’s a combination of some bad luck right now. I think he’s (also) trying to do a little bit too much. In other parts of his game (though), we see him moving well and doing very much the job we need him to do.”Through the first four games of the season, the Badgers (1-3, 0-2 WCHA) have struggled to see consistent goal production from their top offensive lines. While Wisconsin’s three losses have each come by only one goal, Eaves admitted that putting the puck in net is the toughest adjustment for a young player to make in college hockey.“There’s no question,” Eaves said. “When you lose Craig Smith and Jordy Murray, you’re trying to replace some offense, and you bring in talented guys, for instance Joseph LaBate, who is an offensive guy, and Brad Navin – it’s going to take [them] some time [to adjust].“[Assistant coach Bill] Butters and I were talking on our way over here, and it’s like we want our first-semester freshmen to be playing like second-semester juniors, and that’s just not going to happen.”Eaves did say, however, that his freshmen are moving in the right direction. He was particularly impressed on Saturday with the play of Navin, a freshman transitioning from Wisconsin high school hockey directly to the University of Wisconsin, which is rare.“It was really encouraging to us as a coaching staff to see the type of game (Navin) played on Saturday night, because he took a step,” Eaves said. “He didn’t look like a freshman. He played with some confidence, and that’s what he needs to feel. That’s what we needed to see. If he keeps doing that, he’s going to be on that score sheet more often.”Eaves said he also continues to be pleased with the play of his young goaltenders, Landon Peterson and Joel Rumpel, both freshmen who have widely exceeded expectations.“We as a staff talked about that,” Eaves said. “The captains have said that’s one of the things that’s been answered pretty emphatically here, is these young men have stepped in and done a nice job. In all games that we’ve played, they’ve given us a chance to be victorious.”At the conclusion of his press conference, Eaves said it would be important for his team to forget about the recent tough losses and shift its focus to the upcoming match-up with rival North Dakota this weekend at home in the Kohl Center.“No matter what happened this past weekend, our job here is to get back to practice, make sure we’re getting better in all areas and get ready for North Dakota,” Eaves said. “North Dakota’s going to be fun to get up for.”last_img read more