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

Monk pens new Swansea deal

first_img Monk, who had two years left on his original deal, guided Swansea to a best Premier League finish of eighth in his first full season in charge last term with a record points total. The 36-year-old – the youngest manager in the Premier League – joined Swansea as a player in 2004 and went on to make 270 appearances, becoming captain and playing his part in the club’s rise through the divisions and Capital One Cup success in 2013. Monk succeeded Michael Laudrup as Swansea manager in February 2014 and Jenkins said the new contract, which Press Association Sport understands includes a significantly increased release clause, is fully deserved. “It’s deserved reward for the fantastic season we’ve just had and all Garry’s hard work, commitment and loyalty to our football club over many years,” Jenkins said. “We also feel it is vital to have stability within our football club, especially with Garry going into such a big season where the reward for remaining within the Barclays Premier League is going to be greater than ever in terms of finance and global exposure.” Monk, who was linked with West Ham and Sunderland last season, said he was delighted to sign the new deal and plans to build on last term’s success. “We’ve been talking for a while, mostly over the finer details, so I’m glad it’s all finalised heading into a new and very important season for the club,” Monk told swanseacity.net “It hasn’t been a distraction because I will always remain focussed, but it was a situation both myself and the club felt was important to get clarified before the season started. Swansea manager Garry Monk has signed a new three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium. Press Association The Barclays Premier League club announced the news on their official website after the 36-year-old had been in talks with Swansea since the end of last season. “As a club we are pleased to agree the new contract with Garry,” Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said. “This is my 12th year at Swansea and I’ve always given everything for the club. “Last season was fantastic and I learned a lot to take forward. But even with the success we all had, from the staff to the players, you can never afford to stand still. “It’s been a happy and productive 18 months so far for me as manager. “I believe we have put good foundations in place, but now it’s vital we build on that and push forward. “It is probably going to be the most important and difficult season many clubs will face in the Premier League ahead of the new broadcasting deal.” last_img read more