Flu vaccine delay affects toddlers

first_imgOct 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said yesterday that most of this year’s supply of seasonal influenza vaccine for children aged 6 months through 3 years will not reach pediatricians until at least November.Sanofi Pasteur announced last week that distribution of its Fluzone injectable vaccine—the only flu vaccine licensed for this age-group—would be about 3 weeks later than last year. Because of this, the AAP said, “Plenty of Fluzone will be available, but pediatricians will receive most of their FluZone supply in November and December.”About a third of the projected 2006 supply of Fluzone has already been sent to healthcare providers, Sanofi said in last week’s announcement. “Some healthcare providers may not have their full allotment of vaccine until November or later, depending upon when and from which manufacturer they ordered,” the company said.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting flu shots in October or November, before the flu season usually begins, but says vaccination is still worthwhile in December or later, because the season typically doesn’t peak until February. The agency said last month it expected that about 75 million doses of vaccine, or three fourths of this year’s supply, would be distributed by the end of October.Delayed delivery of Fluzone does not conflict with the CDC’s recommendation for immunization, Sanofi said.The AAP is urging pediatricians to notify parents about the delay and encourage them to bring children in for vaccinations later in the year when the vaccine is available.”The flu season does not usually peak until late December through March, so children will still benefit greatly from receiving the vaccine into December, January, and beyond,” the AAP said.However, Richard Lander, MD, a New Jersey pediatrician and chairman of the AAP’s administration and practice management section, told the Associated Press yesterday that the delay is significant because children should be immunized as soon as possible. “The longer the flu vaccine is in the body, the greater chance the body can build up antibodies against the flu,” he said.In June, federal health officials recommended that toddlers aged 2 through 4 years be immunized against influenza each year, adding millions of people to the groups included in flu vaccination recommendations.The CDC recommends that children aged 6 months to 9 years who have never received a flu shot should receive two doses of vaccine. Those who receive an injectable vaccine should have a booster 1 month or longer after the initial dose, before the onset of the flu season.A Bloomberg News report yesterday said that Sanofi attributed the delay to a slow-growing strain of influenza used to make this year’s vaccine supply. Bloomberg reported in early September that two other vaccine makers—GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis—also had trouble growing the influenza A(H3N2) strain in this year’s vaccine.In July, the US Food and Drug Administration warned Sanofi about contamination in a component of Fluzone, but the FDA and Sanofi said they did not expect the problem to significantly limit production of this season’s vaccine. The company planned to make about 50 million doses, which represents roughly half of the US vaccine supply.See also:Oct 12 Sanofi press releasehttps://www.vaccineshoppe.com/secure/pdfs/release_10_12_2006.pdflast_img read more

61% FEWER PATIENTS ON TROLLEYS HIGHLIGHTS GOVERNMENT’S HEALTH REFORM – MCHUGH

first_imgJoe McHugh TD has complimented the staff of Letterkenny General Hospital for reducing by 61% the number of patients on trolleys at the Hospital in January 2013 when compared with January 2012.Deputy Joe McHughThe Fine Gael Deputy says that while he is aware of some instances of long waiting times in A&E which are not acceptable, the 61% reduction is a very significant improvement.The Letterkenny reduction is part of a 32% reduction recorded in numbers of patients on trolleys across the national hospital network, since the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government took office in early 2011. Deputy McHugh said “I compliment the staff of Letterkenny General Hospital for achieving this remarkable 61% reduction in the number of patients on trolleys at our hospital.“The commitment and resourcefulness of Hospital staff have substantially improved patient comfort and dignity over the past 12 months. I am aware of some instances of long waiting times for patients in A&E which are not acceptable, but there has been an overall improvement.“Minister for Health James Reilly is to be complimented for driving a series of national reforms that have delivered a 32% reduction in the numbers of patients on trolleys across the national hospital network since January 2011. Minister Reilly‚s Special Delivery Unit and the emphasis that he has placed on reducing average length-of-hospital-stay is delivering for patients. Here in Letterkenny length-of-stay was reduced from 8.6 days (ave) to 5.3 days (ave) in 2012. That is a very significant improvement” he said.He  complimented hospital management and staff for achieving these improvements at a time which is difficult for public sector workers. “Minister Reilly’s new efficiency-based system for allocating hospital budgets has seen a 7% increase in our hospital‚s budget for 2013. This additional funding will allow the hospital to expand and improve services, although it must be said that 2013 will not be a walk in the park for hospital management. Our hospital ran at a deficit last year.“I will continue to work with Letterkenny General Hospital, Donegal HSE Management and Minister for Health James Reilly TD, to protect and develop health services in our county during this time of economic difficulty. I compliment Hospital staff for this significant achievement.”61% FEWER PATIENTS ON TROLLEYS HIGHLIGHTS GOVERNMENT’S HEALTH REFORM – MCHUGH was last modified: February 11th, 2013 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:deputy joe mchughLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more