CDC braces for back-to-school flu spike, addresses vaccine worries

first_imgJul 17 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Novel flu activity is still going strong but dropped for the third week in a row, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today during a media briefing that also sought to calm fears about vaccine availability.Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the CDC will probably follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) lead and phase out weekly reports of lab-confirmed cases, which grossly underestimate the true disease burden and divert resources from other pandemic response activities. She said over the next several weeks the agency will start adding new data and other enhancements to its weekly flu report to provide a more detailed profile of the nation’s activity.The CDC’s update today, however, reports that the country’s number of lab-confirmed cases has reached 40,617, of which 263 were fatal.In its flu surveillance report for the week ending Jun 11, the CDC said nine states reported widespread activity: California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, and New York. Twelve states and Puerto Rico reported regional influenza activity.More than 99% of flu isolates that have been subtyped are the novel H1N1 virus, the CDC reported. One of three cases of oseltamivir-resistant viruses detected worldwide was from a child who got sick in California and traveled to Hong Kong. Enhanced antiviral-resistance testing in California has not revealed any oseltamivir-resistant novel H1N1 viruses, the CDC said.One pediatric death from the new virus was reported during the past week, in a child from Massachusetts. Of the 90 fatal pediatric flu cases that have been reported to the CDC so far this season, 23 were novel H1N1 infections.Schuchat said the virus might be persisting through the summer, despite the heat and humidity, because of the US population’s low immunity to the novel virus rather than because the virus has mechanisms for coping with the conditions. However, she said the CDC doesn’t have the data to flesh out its theory about the summer spread.The CDC expects flu activity to start rising again in September, ahead of the regular flu season, which would coincide with kids congregating in greater numbers as school resumes, she said. The CDC and its partners are in the active stage of planning for a spike in pandemic H1N1 flu activity in early fall, she added.The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold an emergency meeting on Jul 29 to discuss recommendations for which populations should be targeted for novel H1N1 flu vaccination and whether tiering the vaccine prioritization would be appropriate, Schuchat told reporters.Two federal officials who are involved in high-level vaccine decisions were on hand at the press conference to address recent questions that have cropped up about disappointingly low novel flu vaccine yield and potential international squabbles over vaccine supplies. The officials were Jesse Goodman, MD, the Food and Drug Administration’s acting chief scientist and deputy commissioner for scientific and medical programs, and Bruce Gellin, MD, director of the National Vaccine Program, Department of Health and Human Services.Gellin said federal officials have stockpiled antigen and adjuvant and that National Institutes of Health investigators, as well as researchers at vaccine companies, are starting to test both adjuvanted and nonadjuvanted versions of the novel flu vaccine. Stockpiling the bulk ingredients gives US officials greater flexibility in pulling together a safe and effective vaccine for its citizens, he said.Schuchat said the CDC has heard concerns about vaccine manufacturers in foreign countries diverting vaccine orders to their own populations. “From our own planning, this is not one of our current concerns,” she said. “We haven’t received any information that makes us question the supply of what’s been promised.”As for poor antigen yields that some manufacturers are reporting for the new virus, Schuchat said the CDC is not surprised and has already incorporated such yields into its planning and vaccine production expectations. “It’s within the range of our planning assumptions, but of course there could always be some surprises,” she said.last_img read more

The footballers lucky enough to have lived every fan’s childhood dream

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Most Popular Football News REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Jack Grealish dreamed of scoring for Aston Villa against Birmingham and he finally did it.The midfielder headed his beloved side in front against the club’s bitter rivals in a 4-2 win and said it was probably the favourite moment of his career to date.“Ever since I was a little kid at school, [derby] games I dreamed of playing in and I am lucky enough to play in it,” he explained afterwards.It almost didn’t happen for him, though, as he thought he was close to becoming a Tottenham player in the summer.When he was taken off against Hull, he waved to the supporters as it appeared a transfer was close.“They [Spurs] weren’t willing to pay what Villa wanted at the time. But the new owners came in and they changed everything,” he said in September.“It’s not like I was devastated it didn’t happen, though, because I’ve still got to realise how lucky I am to be playing for my boyhood club. I’ve played over 100 games for Villa and I’ve only just turned 23.”And Grealish is not the only player who has played and starred for the club they supported as a boy, as explains. 10 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 10 10 10 10 4. Harry Kane at Tottenham – No, he’s not an Arsenal fan. He really is one of Spurs’ own and the boyhood fan has loved pulling on the famous shirt where he has scored (at the time of writing) 115 goals in 166 Premier League games. He has become a key player for club and country since graduating from the Tottenham academy he joined when was 11 years old. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 10. Wayne Rooney at Everton – It was with the Toffees where the striker, who idolised Duncan Ferguson, burst on to the scene and his first Premier League strike will never be forgotten. His dipping 25-yard shot in injury-time was the winner against Arsenal at Goodison on 19 October 2002, five days before his 17th birthday. He returned to the club in 2017, 13 years after leaving for Man United and admitted: “I’ve kept it quiet for the last 13 years, but I’ve actually been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids.” 10 1. Phillip Lahm at Bayern Munich – Lahm called time on his career as a player in 2017, having won every major trophy with boyhood club Bayern Munich, whom he joined in 1995. He collected eight Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and the Champions League. He was lucky enough to live the dream and then some! 8. James Milner at Leeds – Milner came through the Leeds academy from family full of fans and was brought up to dislike Manchester United. He even revealed his dad never allowed him to wear the Old Trafford club’s famous colours. “Seriously. ‘We can’t wear red. We’re Leeds,’” he said. “It was strange when I signed for Liverpool (in 2015), actually wearing red. My dad made a joke about it, saying, ‘that’s the first time I’ve seen you in red.’ I still follow Leeds and want them to do well and still have that same feeling towards Manchester United.” Milner was 16 years and 356 days old when he became the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history in 2002, a record which was broken by James Vaughan. REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 10 shining 7. David Beckham at Man United – Beckham grew up in London as a Man United fan and signed for the club at the age of 14. He didn’t look back as the trophies began piling up, but he wasn’t the only boyhood fan living the dream. Gary Neville, his best mate in football, has been going to watch the club play since he was four, while Ryan Giggs is another well-known fan, all of whom came through the academy together. 2. Steven Gerrard at Liverpool – Gerrard used to pretend to be Kenny Dalglish and the boyhood Red copied his Liverpool hero by lifting the European Cup when the club beat Milan in 2005. The midfielder made his Liverpool debut in 1998 having progressed through the academy, became captain at the age of 23 in 2003, and in addition to winning the Champions League, also lifted the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup before retiring in 2015. He played more than 700 times. BEST OF The stuff i dreamed off when I was a kid… The city is ours. #AVFC ❤️💙⚽️— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) November 25, 2018 RANKED MONEY 5. Alan Shearer at Newcastle – Shearer joined boyhood club Newcastle in 1996 for a then record £15m. He finished as a runner-up in the Premier League in 1997 and reached successive FA Cup finals in 1998 and 1999. However, it’s his goal record which stands the striker apart. Shearer is Newcastle’s greatest ever goal scorer (206 strikes) as well as the Premier League’s with 250. 10 6. Gerard Pique at Barcelona – Pique was only 21 when he returned to the club he supported as a boy in 2008 after a four-year spell at Man United. He loves Barcelona and has been a member of the club since he was born, even revealing in 2013: “Every night I sing the Barça anthem because it’s the only song I know all the way through,” though his pop knowledge has presumably improved since marrying Shakira. Since re-joining Barca, he has become their first choice centre-back and won six league titles, three Champions Leagues and four Spanish Cups. He is considered one of the best defenders around. no dice ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 10 9. Kieran Tierney at Celtic – He only turned 21 in June, but has played more than 100 times for Celtic, the team he supported since school and whom he joined when he was seven. When Celtic made it seven title wins in a row, Tierney said: “I think every Celtic fan visualises doing something like this and I’m just lucky enough to live it for them all. I’m making the most of it and enjoying every second.” His family are mad for the club, too. That’s the thing being a Celtic fan, you go home to more Celtic fans talking about the game. You cannot get away from it! “To an extent it is what you want because I’ve always loved Celtic and always talked about them after games when I came home when I was younger.” 10 huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3. Francesco Totti at Roma – Rome-born Totti idolised Giuseppe Giannini as a boy and was well on his way to living out his dream as early as 16 when he made his debut in 1993. He is their greatest ever player and captained the team to league glory in 2001 – Roma’s first since 1983 and third overall. He retired at the age of 40 in 2017. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more