Flu vaccine supply looks better, CDC says

first_imgDec 16, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials painted a rosy picture of the influenza vaccine supply today, saying most states have enough vaccine and the nation as a whole seems to have enough to meet the demand from groups who need the shots the most.Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said a recent survey showed that 82% of the 49 responding states had enough flu vaccine to meet their demand this year. The survey was conducted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, she said.In addition, a CDC report published today says, “Adequate doses of vaccine appear to remain to meet the anticipated demand among priority groups for influenza vaccination, based on 2003-04 coverage estimates” from a CDC survey.Speaking at a teleconference, Gerberding said 21 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed since the current shortage began in early October, and about 3.5 million doses of licensed vaccine are still to come. Another 1.2 million doses of non-US-licensed vaccine made in Germany by GlaxoSmithKline are not yet being used, she said.The loss of an expected 48 million doses of vaccine because of contamination at a Chiron Corp. plant in England prompted the CDC to recommend in early October that the available doses be reserved for people at risk for serious flu complications. Those groups include the elderly, the chronically ill, pregnant women, children 6 to 23 months old, older children who take daily aspirin, and healthcare workers who care for patients.The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet tomorrow to discuss whether to broaden the guidelines, Gerberding said. “I’m not going to second-guess them,” she said. But last week the CDC suggested that state health departments could expand eligibility for the shots if they had already met the demand from high-risk groups.”We know that some states have a surplus of vaccine in the hands of private providers,” Gerberding said today. “We’re asking providers who have large numbers of doses to make it available to state health officials so they can redistribute it.”This year’s flu season continues to be relatively quiet, Gerberding said. New York is the only state reporting widespread flu activity; most states have only sporadic cases. “But the peak time is February, so we’re not assuming that we’re out of the woods yet,” she said.The CDC published a flurry of survey results on flu vaccination and related topics in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Overall, the reports suggest that most of the doses this season have gone to people in high-priority groups, but many in those groups have not yet been vaccinated.In one survey, part of the monthly Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System series, the CDC interviewed more than 16,700 people this month. The survey showed that 34.8% of adults in high-risk groups had received a shot between September and November of this year, compared with 4.4% of other adults. Coverage was about 51% for people age 65 and older and about 34% for healthcare workers with patient contact. For children aged 6 to 23 months, the vaccination rate was 36.6%.Among high-risk adults who had not been vaccinated, about 23% said they had tried unsuccessfully to get a shot. About 32% of unvaccinated elderly people had tried and failed to get a shot.On the basis of the survey, the CDC estimates that about 45 million noninstitutionalized people had received flu shots as of Nov 30 and that about 73% of them were in the high-risk groups.Because an estimated 58 million doses of licensed injectable flu vaccine and 3 million doses of intranasal vaccine are expected to be available in the nation this season, the CDC expects that enough doses will be available to meet the remaining demand from high-priority groups, the report says.The survey did not cover nursing home residents, but the findings suggest that enough vaccine will be available to meet the needs of the 1.5 million people in nursing homes, the CDC says.Gerberding said that many people eligible for a shot believe vaccine is not available or think they are not eligible. To those in the high-risk groups, she said, “Keep trying, be persistent, and we’ll do everything we can to get vaccine to you.”See also:CDC. Estimated influenza vaccination coverage among adults and children—United States, September 1–November 30, 2004. MMWR 2004 Dec 17;53(49):1147-53 [Full text]last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill that Ignores Dangers of Climate Change

first_img Environment,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 2025, which would have prevented the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from taking any action to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions in the commonwealth without the prior approval of the General Assembly.Carbon dioxide is a harmful greenhouse gas and a major contributor to climate change, and this bill would have put a halt to DEP efforts to mitigate the impact climate change has on lives and livelihoods in Pennsylvania, including rulemaking currently being developed to allow Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is an economically sound program that has a proven record of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in member states.Higher temperatures, unseasonal changes in precipitation, and more frequent and more extreme storms – all adverse effects of climate change – have already been experienced in Pennsylvania, and we must take action now to prevent worse changes from further endangering Pennsylvanians. This bill ignores science, and would have hampered the ability of the DEP to protect Pennsylvanians.Gov. Wolf’s HB 2025 veto message:“Addressing the global climate crisis is one of the most important and critical challenges we face. This legislation is extremely harmful to public health and welfare as it prevents the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Department) from taking any measure or action to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas and major contributor to climate change impacts, without prior approval of the General Assembly. Like every state in the country, the Commonwealth has already begun to experience adverse impacts from climate change, such as higher temperatures, changes in precipitation, and frequent extreme weather events, including large storms, flooding, heat waves, heavier snowfalls, and periods of drought. Reductions in carbon dioxide emissions are even more significant now as emerging evidence links chronic exposure to air pollution with higher rates of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19.“This legislation also prohibits the Commonwealth from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional initiative among Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while generating economic growth, unless additional legislation is enacted. RGGI participating states have reduced power sector carbon dioxide pollution by 45 percent since 2005, while the region’s per-capita gross domestic product has continued to grow. By joining RGGI, Pennsylvania has the opportunity to make real progress on limiting climate change-causing carbon pollution while generating thousands of new jobs, providing for worker training, and offering future electric bill savings.“In addition to the legislation’s failure to address climate change, the immediate effect of this legislation would be to halt a rulemaking package I directed the Department to develop by executive order pursuant to the authority of the Air Pollution Control Act to abate, control, or limit carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel-fired electric power generators. The Regulatory Review Act and the Air Pollution Control Act afford the opportunity for extensive public participation, including public comment and public hearings, in the rulemaking process. Members of the General Assembly also have a robust role in the rulemaking process, including through their appointments on advisory committees and the Environmental Quality Board. This legislation creates burdensome and duplicative processes that will thwart the Department’s ability to take any action to regulate the greenhouse gas most responsible for climate change in the transportation, industrial, and commercial sectors, as well as the electric power sector.“The citizens of this Commonwealth cannot afford to wait any longer. Given the urgency of the climate crisis facing Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth must take concrete, economically sound, and immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Allowing this legislation to become law would effectively deny that climate change is an urgent problem that demands prudent solutions.” September 24, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill that Ignores Dangers of Climate Changelast_img read more

Women’s hoops beats Cal, loses to Stanford

first_imgThe second half was much better for USC, as it outscored the Cardinal 38-30 and held Stanford to just one made 3-pointer in the final two quarters compared to 10 in the first half.  Friday’s win was spearheaded by a balanced USC scoring attack that featured four players with double-digit points. The group was led by freshman center Angel Jackson, who had 19 points on 11 shots. Stanford led by as many as 33  points late in the first half, hitting shot after shot while playing smothering defense on the other end. After just 10 minutes of action, Stanford was leading 28-6, and the Trojans went into the locker room after an abysmal first half trailing 49-21. Pili is equally as demanding of herself. After the road trip, she expressed a desire to improve her vision and passing accuracy when she receives extra attention in the post from opposing defenses. Pili and the Trojans won the turnover battle and received significant contributions off the bench in Friday’s win, a stark contrast from Sunday’s disappointing loss. The Trojans fell in a hole early as the Cardinal seized the lead in the opening minute and never looked back.  Jackson and the Trojans benefited from strong showings by graduate guard Aliyah Jeune and freshman forward Alissa Pili, who finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively.  A bright spot for Trakh and the Trojans was another solid showing from Pili, who scored in double digits for the eighth straight game and finished with a team-high 12 points.  The Trojans’ bench production was concerning Sunday as Stanford second unit outscored USC’s reserve 36-17 — compared to a mark of 25-8 in favor of USC against Cal.center_img Trakh was encouraged by his team’s second-half resilience, commending its ability to fight back despite not hitting many shots in the first half. “Once our young kids settled down, we did fine,” Trakh said. “We’re using these games as learning experiences. Nobody has four freshmen and one sophomore out there for prolonged minutes like we do.” The USC’s women’s basketball team earned a split in a pair of tough conference road games this weekend, defeating Cal 75-67 Friday before falling to No. 6 Stanford 79-59 Sunday. Pili continues to impress for USC as she remains the Trojans’ leading scorer in her true freshman season, averaging 14.4 points per game while shooting 48.3% from the field.  Pili has certainly turned heads in her short time at USC, but head coach Mark Trakh wants to see continued improvement from her as she continues to acclimate to the collegiate level and expand her skillset moving forward. Pili was pleased with the team’s effort in the second half but said the team needs to do a better job of being mentally prepared right out of the gate against teams with multiple offensive weapons. last_img read more