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

Volleyball sees freshman trio growing fast

first_imgEllen Chapman has started in all 18 games for the Badgers this season. The 6-foot-5 freshman has led the team in kills three different times and averaging 2.29 per set.[/media-credit]For the past few years, “big threes” have popped up all over sports, including the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team.The addition of freshmen Ellen Chapman, Courtney Thomas and Crystal Graff has shown tremendous potential in the early part of the 2011-12 season. Each of the three Badgers have already put up stats that will go in the record book, including a triple-double from the 6-foot Thomas.The threesome has recently helped the Badgers take down two ranked teams, No. 24 Ohio State and No. 18 Michigan, in conference play, boosting Wisconsin’s record to 11-7 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. All three freshmen have worked their way into the starting line up by consistently leading the team in kills and assists.Graff, a Madison native, came into this season with slightly more experience than her freshmen teammates. Graff graduated early from La Follette High School and joined the Wisconsin volleyball team in January 2011.“It helped a lot. It made me more comfortable with the team on and off the court, which helps when you come into pressure situations,” Graff said. “You know that they are there for you. You know the personalities of everyone and what to expect from them.”Graff’s potential was confirmed from the start when she averaged 2.1 kills per set in her debut match and showed her versatility by scoring several times from the back row. Graff is an outside hitter, so her home is at the net, and she has been the kill leader for the Badgers in eight matches.However, her early start allowed her to become acclimated to the defensive half of the court.“I got into the role of six-rotation player, so now I am more used to doing that,” Graff said. “I’m also more used to passing in the back row. It definitely helped a lot.”Graff’s defensive abilities have not been limited to her 2.42 digs per set. She is an avid blocker for Wisconsin, recording a career-high six blocks at Michigan, three of which were solo.Thomas has also been able to showcase her ability to be a utility player as she has served as both a setter and right side hitter for the Badgers. The DeKalb, Ill., native’s most impressive display of versatility occurred when she earned her first career triple-double against Michigan State.Thomas finished the match with 16 kills, 26 assists and 15 digs, as she became the fourth Badger in history to achieve such a statistic.“I just play hard,” Thomas said. “It’s not like I come in saying, ‘I’m going to get a triple-double;’ I just go out there and play.”Thomas did not have the same privilege that Graff had of getting an early start with the Badgers. However, she has found herself in a comfortable role and has been able to easily make the transition from high school to college volleyball.“I came in kind of quiet, but my coaches have talked to me about becoming more of a leader,” Thomas said. “I have definitely changed from the beginning of the year until now.”Graff, on the other hand, admitted that she has not yet found her voice as a leader.“Maybe I am a leader by example,” Graff said. “When we play really well, I am always there for the team. I always like to be the person we can count on if we need to put a ball down. But a vocal leader, I am not quite there yet. I am still a freshman.”Chapman, another young talent out of Illinois, has proven to be a powerhouse at the net for Wisconsin this season. The 6-foot-5 freshman has led the Badgers in kills three times this season and averages 2.29 per set.Chapman and Thomas have started in all 18 matches so far, while Graff has accumulated 16 starts. Both Graff and Thomas agreed that they work well with their freshmen teammates.“It’s such a different feel because in the spring, I was the youngest one,” Graff said. “It’s cool to have people my same age playing with me now.”“I love it and I love playing with them,” Thomas said. “We have three more years together, so we will be pretty good in the future.”The three have helped Wisconsin get off to a much stronger start this year. The 3-3 Badgers were 0-6 at this point last season. With the help of its new additions, Wisconsin conquered No. 18 Michigan, which goes in the books as the Badger’s highest-ranking win since 2009.“I think we have a really great team with a lot of potential and a lot of talent,” Graff said. “We have to come together and play consistently with that. We have shown that we can stick with the best. We just have to play consistently and keep racking up the wins.”last_img read more

Fianna Fail call for ban on fur farms but want compo for operators

first_imgFianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, has said his party has agreed to back the proposal to introduce a ban on the farming of mink for the production of fur in Ireland.The Inishowen TD said there has been much public concern expressed around the welfare of animals farmed for fur in recent years.Over a dozen EU member States have prohibited the activity. But Ireland has not imposed a ban and Donegal plays host to two of the farms in Glenties.Deputy McConalogue said “In Ireland, the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) and recently, Veterinary Ireland, have also called for such a ban on animal welfare grounds.“Following discussion with the party’s Frontbench and Parliamentary Party, these proposals have been backed by my colleagues. There was clear agreement that the government should immediately enter in consultation with stakeholders regarding the introduction of a ban on fur farming.“We also agreed that the government must agree a compensation package for the remaining three fur establishments in the State. This precedent has taken place in other jurisdictions e.g. the UK, where this activity has been prohibited. “Today, I have put a motion on the Dáil order paper calling for the government to introduce a ban along with a request for consultation with stakeholders and to bring forward a compensation package for operators.“I am glad that my party is taking a pragmatic leadership role on this issue and look forward to seeing this policy carried through in the time ahead,” he concluded.Fianna Fail call for ban on fur farms but want compo for operators was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:banfianna failfurGlentieslast_img read more

Eureka baseball sees its 2017 season end with 4-1 loss to San Marin in NCS D-3 playoffs

first_imgEureka >> Trying to dig themselves out of an early hole, the Loggers were searching and searching for the big hit with runners on base to get right back into things.The only problem was it never truly arrived.The Eureka High baseball team’s 2017 season came to an end at Bud Cloney Field on Wednesday evening, as the seventh-seeded Loggers stranded 11 runners on base and never led in a 4-1 loss to No. 10 seed San Marin in the first round of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.“We …last_img read more

iThemba Tower combines art, recycling and community

first_imgOfficially opened in July 2016, the iThemba Tower is a community art project made with over 7 000 recycled plastic drinks bottles decorating a decommissioned 20m high cellular tower.iThemba Tower: A Recycled Tower of Art in Troyeville https://t.co/GTSME8vRf4 pic.twitter.com/4s6Eut5Tt4— Heather Mason (@2summers) July 26, 2016The tower is situated in the garden of the Spaza Art Gallery in Troyeville, Johannesburg. The repurposed tower has become a point of pride for people living and working in the area.The project is the brainchild of renowned local street artist r1, conceived as a way to collaborate with the community in creating distinctive urban art. The artist specialises in taking lifeless urban landscapes and adding colourful, eye-catching African flourishes using various mediums including recycled wood and plastic.Hidden Trophy from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.Speaking to Graffiti South Africa, r1 says Johannesburg is his canvas, and its people his collaborators. “Every city has its beauty but Johannesburg has a special kind. There is a sense of freedom in the inner city that I don’t experience anywhere else. It is quite unique. People are open for engagement and I get fascinating opinions from very diverse backgrounds. It’s so rich culturally but still somehow a hidden treasure.”Take a look at r1’s latest public art intervention, ‘Hidden Trophy’ – https://t.co/xKkmn7WlLy pic.twitter.com/m0PFesNp6j— Between 10 and 5 (@10and5) November 10, 2015The iThemba Tower’s plastic bottles – bought from the city’s informal waste collectors – each contain a light and a written message by members of the community, including learners from local schools. At night the tower lights up with a multitude of colours.Taking the isiZulu word for hope, ‘ithemba’, the messages inside each bottle represent the dreams of each contributor. Speaking to blogger Heather Mason of 2Summers.net, r1 describes the artwork as a “symbolic communication tower around which a diversity of people can share their collective hopes”.More important, the installation is also an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of recycling and the informal collectors who recycle the city’s waste as a means to survive.While the tower itself is the main attraction, it forms part of an online multimedia project incorporating video, crowdsourcing and blog posts, which all highlight the installation’s journey from idea to reality. It also tells the stories of the community contributors to the project, including the waste collectors.Ride with Moses from iThemba Tower on Vimeo.“Even though my work is to be seen out in the street, it is also important to cater for those that spend most of their time in front of a screen,” r1 says, adding that “good documentation helps re-adapting the work to the viewer’s means and expectations. The final work is not only the end product, but also the entire narrative towards its completion.”iThemba Tower in Troyeville by artist r1; 7 000 recycled bottles with messages from the community and lights inside https://t.co/uwJjzVC8Vy pic.twitter.com/jjn8BMD1SC— Charl Blignaut (@sa_poptart) October 19, 2016Through online crowdsourcing and visitor contributions, the project has raised over R40 000 for improving the livelihood of informal waste collectors and strengthening the community of Troyeville.Read more about iThemba Tower, the Spaza Art Gallery and how city residents can contribute to this ongoing project.Source: iThemba Tower Tumblr blog and SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

England beat India by 266 runs, level 5-match Test series 1-1

first_imgMoeen Ali celebrates after dismissing India’s Mohammed Shami on the final day of 3rd TestEngland Moeen Ali took six wickets to lead the hosts to a 226-run win over India in the third test on Thursday, squaring the series and ending almost a year without a test victory.Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 England’s victory at the Rose Bowl ties the series 1-1 with two tests remaining.James Anderson was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 7 wickets against IndiaJames Anderson removed Rohit Sharma (6) with his third ball of the day before India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (6) edged an out-swinging delivery. Both catches were taken by Jos Buttler.Moeen Ali bowled out Ravindra Jadeja (15), before having Kumar caught by Anderson in the same over for a duck. He then bowled Mohammed Shami, also for a duck.Ajiknya Rahane made his 50 with four off Chris Woakes before Pankaj Singh (9) was bowled by Moeen, who took 6-67.last_img read more