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first_imgOct 5, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The nation’s first doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine were administered today, mainly to a limited group of healthcare workers and emergency medical service workers, while some physicians’ offices fielded calls about when the vaccine would be more widely available.Federal, state, and local officials were on hand to witness the events today at medical facilities in Memphis and Indianapolis. The very first doses were given to healthcare workers at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, according to a press release from the hospital.Doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists who work in the hospital’s emergency department and intensive care units were in the first group to receive the live attenuated nasal mist form of the H1N1 flu vaccine, made by MedImmune. Pediatric physicians, residents, and infectious disease specialists were also among Le Bonheur’s first recipients.About 150 workers lined up to receive the vaccine.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has singled out healthcare workers as the top priority group to receive the vaccine when supplies are slim, as they are now during deliveries of the first doses to states.Keith English, MD, Le Bonheur’s medical director of infectious diseases, said in the press release, “It’s important that our healthcare system is able to respond to the needs of our patients. This vaccine is one way we as healthcare workers can make sure we’re healthy and there for our patients when they need us.”Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said, “Today we are beginning to turn the tide in the fight against the H1N1 flu virus. We are excited to begin to protect those who care for others.”Meanwhile, officials were also on hand to see healthcare workers at an Indianapolis health center receive some of the nation’s first pandemic flu doses, according to a press release from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). On Oct 1 the state placed an order for its first shipment of 28,700 doses.Judy Monroe, MD, Indiana’s health commissioner, said she expects a substantial supply of the vaccine to arrive by mid October when officials will be targeting high-risk groups, including pregnant women, children from 6 months to 24 years old, people who take care of babies, and adults with underlying medical conditions.Some pediatrician offices are fielding dozens of calls from parents who want the pandemic vaccine for their children, the New York Times reported today.The virus is hitting younger age-groups the hardest, and federal officials are hoping pediatricians and schools can help get the vaccine quickly to children as soon as it is available. Influenza activity started spreading across the countries as school resumes.Most physicians don’t know exactly when they will receive their supplies, making it difficult to schedule appointments for young patients to be vaccinated.After it was inundated with calls from parents, a doctor’s office in Hartsdale, NY, added a new option on their answering machine that delivers a prerecorded message that the vaccine is not yet available, the Times reported.Kathryn Paterno, the clinic’s manager, told the Times, “People want it [the vaccine]. When they listen to news reports, they pick out bits and pieces—’swine flu, get it’—but they don’t quite comprehend that we don’t have it yet,” she said.The US government has ordered about 250 million doses of pandemic vaccine from five different producers. In mid September officials said the first wave of the vaccine would probably be 3.4 million doses of MedImmune’s nasal spray product, which were expected to reach providers the first week of October.Though health officials say the inhaled vaccine—approved for those ages 2 to 49—is a good option for healthy children, it is contraindicated for many in high risk people in the CDC’s priority groups, such as pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.The United States becomes the third country to begin pandemic vaccine immunization. China started immunizing students on Sep 21, and Australia began vaccinating its citizens on Sep 30.In early May, soon after the novel H1N1 virus was identified, an official from the World Health Organization predicted manufacturers would need 5 or 6 months to begin producing mass quantities of a vaccine.In late July, MedImmune announced it was getting high yields from its production of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, even higher than for the seasonal flu version of its inhaled vaccine. Company officials said they had already made more than what the US government ordered, but said they faced a possible shortage of devices used to spray the vaccine into the nose.See also:Oct 5 Indiana State Department of Health press releaselast_img read more

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first_imgWith just one point in two matches, African representative in the on-going Confederations Cup, Cameroon, must  win against Germany in their last group game for a chance to forge ahead in the competition Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Africa Cup of Nations winners, Cameroon, were in front in their match against Australia but they were pegged back and had to settle for a point. The Lions had lost their first game against Chile -2-0 and only a win today will give them a prolonged stay in the tournament.Group B remains delicately poised after a day of 1-1 draws that left all four teams in exactly the same positions they held on Thursday morning. More importantly, none of the quartet are yet assured of a place in the last four or consigned to elimination, though Chile and Germany remain well placed to qualify due to the three-point cushion separating them from Australia and Cameroon.The mutual respect that exists between the joint-leaders was evident throughout a high-quality Kazan encounter in which Alexis Sanchez made history. His sixth-minute opener was the FIFA Confederations Cup’s 400th goal and, more significantly, took him past Marcelo Salas as La Roja’s all-time leading scorer.While Cameroon and Australia remain winless and rooted to the foot of the table, neither is giving up hope of a third-match upset that could propel them into the semi-finals.center_img T he Germans played out a 1-1  draw with Chile in their second group outing after a 3-2 win over Australia in their first match.A point from today’s game against Cameroon will see Germany seal a place in the semi finals next week but defeat could see them tumble out depending on the result of the other game.last_img read more

first_imgAll told, Carthage accumulated 525 total yards, 419 of them on the ground. Combs netted the Spartans’ other touchdown on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.At Mike Messere Field, F-M had a chance to clinch a sectional Class AA playoff berth, but instead saw West Genesee jump on them with 19 straight points in the second quarter, led by Exavier Brumfield, who scored twice, including a 74-yard run.The Hornets did score right before halftime to cut the deficit to 19-7, and put together a pair of second-half scoring drives, capping each of them with two-point conversions. But Brumfield, who ran for 149 yards on 27 carries, found the end zone again on a seven-yard run in the third quarter that proved to be the game-winner.Back at Alibrandi Stadium, CBA spent much of the night convinced that its five-game skid was about to end at the expense of a Corcoran side that sat in second place in the Class AA-1 division behind Liverpool.The Brothers led most of the way, with Travis Ward scoring on a three-yard run and Jack Szatkowski going 34 yards for another after the Cougars’ JoJo Williams returned the kickoff 75 yards to the end zone after Ward’s TD.Ward scored again in the second quarter on a one-yard run, but Corcoran, down 18-14 at halftime, rallied in the second half, going in front and clinching it when Lakeem Danzy returned a CBA fumble 60 yards for a touchdown.Next Friday, CBA finishes its regular season against Nottingham, while F-M hosts Baldwinsville and ESM has to go to Holland Stadium to face the 4-1 Auburn Maroons.Moving to Saturday’s action, Jamesville-DeWitt gave up a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to Fulton, and despite Carter King’s third-quarter score, could not make it all the way back, taking a 12-7 loss to the Red Raiders.In eight-man football, Bishop Grimes fell to 2-2 on the season, the Cobras unable to contain West Canada Valley in a 66-26 defeat as the Indians improved to 3-1. Heading toward the regular-season homestretch, football teams from East Syracuse Minoa, Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy all are in need of victories to fulfill post-season ambitions.ESM began the most difficult part of its schedule Friday by taking a 50-14 defeat to visiting Carthage at Spartan Stadium, just as F-M saw its comeback fall just short in a 25-23 loss to West Genesee and CBA, its first win remaining elusive, falling 28-18 to Corcoran.Of the three, ESM entered the week in the best shape, sporting a 4-1 record, the same as Carthage. But the Comets held the state Class A no. 5 ranking for a reason, having slammed Indian River 51-8 a week earlier to avenge its defeat to the Warriors in the 2018 sectional final. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story With its powerful ground attack, Carthage twice put together first-quarter scoring drives. Fombo Azah ran 13 yards for one touchdown and quarterback Nick Cavalier scrambled 51 yards to the end zone a few minutes later.It got more lopsided in the second quarter, Azah scoring twice on runs of 39 and 42 behind powerful blocks from the Comets’ offensive line and Cavalier throwing a 22-yard TD pass to Josh Demko.Not until the third quarter did the Spartans get on the board with Mikal Combs’ 18-yard TD run, but Azah returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to the end zone, capping a night where he amassed 264 yards on 20 carries to go with his kick returns. Tags: CBAESMF-Mfootballlast_img read more