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

Wildcats rally, top Rams

first_imgThe Rams led 43-36 after a Wong jumper with 6:22 left in the game, but the Wildcats went on a 9-0 run to take a 45-43 lead. The Rams had chances down the stretch, but were called for a five-second violation trying to get the ball in play when they were trailing by a basket with less than a minute left. They also missed a pair of crucial inside attempts during the Spartans’ 9-0 run. “I give our team a lot of credit because we don’t have a lot of experienced players that play club,” Rams coach Chris Kwan said. “But I’m not going to make any excuses because we didn’t execute when we had to. “Give Monrovia credit, that’s why they’re defending league champs. They played hard defense down the stretch while we were second-guessing ourselves.” Center Brittney Phillips held Watkins to three points in the second half and 13 in the game. “She was the player of the game in my eyes,” Wagner said of Phillips. “She got on her (Watkins) and bodied her up every time down court. That was huge, because she was killing us in the first half.” fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Wildcats tied it when Shannon Gholar scored an off-balance runner in the lane, was fouled and made her free throw to tie the score 43-43 with 3:33 remaining. Point guard Krystyn Jacobs took it from there and gave the Wildcats a 45-43 lead on a running floater with 2:20 to play. She also hit four consecutive free throws in the final 19 seconds to close it out. The Wildcats improved to 13-4 overall and 4-0 in league. MONROVIA – It never looked like the Monrovia High School girls basketball team was panicking, but there certainly were concerned looks on the players’ faces after visiting Temple City raced to an early 14-point lead. But after an earful from coach Mike Wagner at halftime, the Wildcats climbed back into it with defense. They held the Rams to 12 points in the second half, including only four points in the fourth quarter, to earn a 49-45 victory that kept their perfect Rio Hondo League record intact. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“You just saw the whole personality of this team,” Wagner said later. “We got behind, but we kept pushing and pushing. “These games aren’t great for your blood pressure when it’s happening, but I love these type of wins. It shows who you are. It shows these girls have character and heart and can do it when they need to.” The Rams (13-6) entered with a chance to take sole possession of first place, but they hadn’t played a team the quality of the Wildcats. But the Rams proved they belonged behind center Corinne Watkins, who finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and guard Deanna Wong, who finished with a game-high 19 points and hit five of seven 3-pointers. Wong caught fire in the second quarter and hit four consecutive 3-pointers. Her last came with 2:01 remaining in the half and gave the Rams a 31-17 lead. last_img read more