Oct 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.pdf
RelatedPosts Manchester City end EPL campaign with battering of Norwich City + final table EPL: Burnley seek history against Brighton EPL: Burnley beat Norwich to keep Euro bid alive Teenager Adam Idah struck a hat-trick to fire Norwich into the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2013 as they brushed aside Preston 4-2 at Deepdale. Idah, making only his second Norwich start days after his Premier League debut as a substitute against Crystal Palace, opened the scoring inside 90 seconds and made it 3-0 before half-time when he fired in a second from distance. In between the 18-year-old who is on Nigeria’s radar played a key role in Onel Hernandez’s strike and he was not done there, sealing his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 61st minute after Billy Bodin pulled one back for Preston. The Republic of Ireland under-21 forward needed only 84 seconds to score his first Norwich goal. Marco Stiepermann’s pass sliced open the Preston defence and released Idah, and he slipped the ball beyond Connor Ripley and into the corner of the net. Idah was involved again when Norwich doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark as he broke through the Preston defence again. This time Ripley blocked Idah’s shot but then failed to deal with Hernandez’s strike as he followed up. And the game looked over before half-time as Idah struck his second – another moment Ripley will not want to see again. The keeper, standing in for regular stopper Declan Rudd, came darting off his line to beat Hernandez to the throughball, but succeeded only in playing it to Idah who lofted a shot into the net from distance. Ripley hauled down Idah as he ran through on goal, collecting a yellow card, and the teenager coolly slotted home the penalty for his hat-trick.Tags: Adam IdahBilly BodinDeepdaleMarco StiepermannNorwich City
The Mushroom Council promotes and encourages consumption of fresh mushrooms. It works with many universities across the country to put on different events to appeal to students.“We want to raise consumer awareness regarding the benefits of mushrooms through Mushroomapalooza, and introduce students to how flavorful and diverse mushrooms can be,” said Mushroom Council administrator Brittany Stager. “It’s important to include mushrooms in your daily diet because it’s a good source of very important minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.”Café 84 was busy during the hours of Mushroomapalooza. It offered seven different mushroom dishes, from chili portabellini mushroom street tacos with shredded cabbage and soy sauza crema to mushroom risotto with crispy onions.“Students are very excited; you can tell from the lines — they haven’t stopped since four o’clock,” Kitchen Manager Rajeendra Wanniarachchige said. “When kids see this kind of event they text their friends to let them know.”Many students found out about the event through word of mouth.“My friend who came here earlier texted the whole swim team in our group chat saying whoever likes mushrooms, check out Café 84 tonight,” said Dimitri Colupaev, a senior majoring in economics. “I am enjoying the menu options; the cream of mushroom soup is great.”USC has seven other restaurants that are participating in the Mushroomapalooza Tour this week such as Seeds, Moreton Fig and Lemonade.“We definitely want to have more events like the Mushroomapalooza,” Wanniarachchige said. “We are still in the process of investigating, but we hope to bring more farm-to-table foods that promote locally grown organic produce.” USC Hospitality has partnered with the Mushroom Council to host the first day of the Mushroomapalooza Tour at Café 84 on Monday.Mushroom Kingdom · Chase Bloch, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, tests out the new mushroom options available through ‘Mushroompalooza’ at Café 84 on Monday. The event will last all week. – Carrie Sun | Daily Trojan
Wolves follow up their FA Cup fourth round win at Liverpool, and their fifth round draw with Chelsea with a trip to play-off hopefuls Barnsley. Elsewhere, Aston Villa go to Brentford, and Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich face Derby.