Record flu vaccine supply expected next season

first_imgJan 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An influenza vaccine conference in Atlanta this week brought predictions of a record supply of flu vaccine next year and talk of extending vaccination recommendations to include children between the ages of 2 and 6.The meeting also featured discussions about expanding the federal government’s role in buying and tracking vaccine in an effort to eliminate shortages and distribution problems, according to federal officials and press reports.Vaccine manufacturers represented at the meeting predicted they may produce as many as 130 million doses for the 2006-07 season, according to Lola Russell, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spokeswoman. That compares with roughly 86 million doses produced for this season.Sanofi Pasteur estimated next year’s production at 50 to 60 million doses, while Chiron Corp. estimated it would provide 40 million, Russell told CIDRAP News.GlaxoSmithKline, which entered the US market this season, estimated next year’s production at 7 million to 9 million doses, but said it might expand to 20 million to 30 million, according to Russell. She said MedImmune, maker of the nasal-spray vaccine FluMist, did not give an estimate.According to an Associated Press (AP) report, manufacturers cited several factors that warrant increased production: better government reimbursement for shots, signals that federal officials may eventually recommend flu shots for almost everyone, and public fears of avian flu (even though seasonal flu shots would not protect people from avian flu). The record amount of vaccine is 95 million doses, set in 2002-03, the report said.Figures from Russell add up to between 86 million and 87 million doses of vaccine produced for the current season. The numbers include 63 million doses from Sanofi, slightly less than 15 million from Chiron, 7.5 million from GlaxoSmithKline, and about 1.5 million from MedImmune.”We don’t know how many of the 86 million have been sold,” Russell said. “We know that vaccine is available. Chiron said they had 1.3 million available to be sold.”Recent flu seasons have brought varying degrees of vaccine shortages, usually temporary. Most seasons have ended with millions of doses unused. In 2004-05, the supply was drastically reduced by the contamination-related shutdown of a Chiron plant in England, leading to widespread US shortages in the fall. But after millions of healthy people skipped their shots in favor of those in greater need, the season ended with about 3 million doses unsold out of roughly 61 million produced for the US market.This week’s conference was billed as an opportunity to assess flu vaccination efforts during the current season and develop strategies for future seasons, according to the CDC, which sponsored the meeting in cooperation with the American Medical Association.Reports from the meeting suggest a good possibility that the CDC will include 2- to 6-year-old children in its formal flu vaccination recommendations soon.”That’ll be on the agenda at ACIP,” the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, when it meets in February, Russell said. But she couldn’t predict how soon the committee might decide.CDC officials at the meeting said a decision on recommending shots for 2- to 6-year-olds is expected by the end of the year, according to a report published today by the Boston Globe.Flu shots are currently recommended for various groups at risk for serious flu complications, including people aged 50 and older and toddlers aged 6 to 23 months, plus people in close contact with those groups.”A lot of people think it makes sense to routinely offer influenza vaccine to more children,” the Globe report quoted Dr. Ray Strikas, a CDC flu expert, as saying.Some studies have suggested that children play a key role in spreading flu to adults and that vaccinating more children would therefore pay big dividends.In other discussions at the meeting, CDC officials promised to consider expanding the government’s role in buying vaccine and tracking its distribution, according to a Jan 25 Boston Globe report.For this season the CDC bought about 11.5 million doses and then resold many of them to state health departments, the report said. CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding was quoted as saying that because the agency doesn’t own the vaccine supply, it can’t do a lot to support appropriate distribution.According to Russell, Gerberding said the CDC is considering various options to remedy that situation, including buying more vaccine, helping to direct early-season vaccine to private physicians and clinics, taking more control over distribution, and expanding vaccination recommendations.See also:CDC flu sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/last_img read more

Girls basketball Bees avenge lone defeat, tops C-NS

first_imgThen, said senior captain Katie Pascale, “in the second half we started to make some shots.”Plenty of shots fell, helped by B’ville’s defensive pressure that forced a rash of C-NS turnovers, and late in the third quarter the Bees held a 33-20 advantage.But it almost went away as, helped by a 10-0 run, C-NS pulled within one, 35-34, with more than six minutes to play, finally getting some outside shots to go with Cook’s production as she finished with 21 points.Ultimately, it was Ola Bednarczyk sinking a pair of crucial 3-pointers to thwart the Northstars’ comeback, the last of them with 2:18 to play that made it 43-36. C-NS never got closer than four points again.Prior to that, Bednarczyk only had one field goal all night as Pascale earned 13 of her 17 points in the second half. Hannah Mimas, Sydney Huhtala and Kyrah Wilbur had six points apiece.While C-NS survived a tense battle with West Genesee last Tuesday thanks to Cook’s 36 points, B’ville had no stress at all in its game against Corcoran that same night.The Bees blasted the Cougars 86-47, steadily accumulating a 63-29 margin through the first three quarters and seeing 10 different players get on the scoreboard by game’s end.Mimas led the way, earning 21 points. Pascale got 15 points, with Bednarczyk earning 11 points. Jordan Roy got eight points as Huhtala and Wilbur had six points apiece.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story C-NS held the no. 10 state AA rankings, two spots ahead of the Bees in the no. 12 spot. Yet the Northstars were short-handed, without junior forward Julia Rowe in the lineup.This put far more pressure on Jessica Cook, and the Bees were glad to provide it, offering double and triple teams during the first quarter and forcing her to the bench with two fouls.Meanwhile, B’ville’s offense struggled, too, shut out in the game’s first five-plus minutes and struggling for baskets throughout the half, even as it went to the break holding a 14-11 lead. Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls basketballcenter_img Nearly four weeks had passed since the Baldwinsville girls basketball team suffered its lone defeat of the season to Cicero-North Syracuse.Neither side had lost since, so the stakes of last Thursday’s rematch at Baker High School were quite big, ranging from the SCAC Metro division regular-season title to a possible top seed in the Section III Class AA playoffs.It proved tense, physical and draining, but when all was done the Bees had toppled the Northstars 48-40, earning a share of the league title (both teams finishing 13-1) and 19-1 overall.last_img read more

Women of Troy look to continue undefeated streak

first_imgWith a perfect 6-0 record to start the season, the No. 3-ranked USC women’s water polo team looks to continue its hot start this weekend when it heads out to Riverside for the Lancer Invitational.To kick off the tournament hosted by Cal Baptist University, USC will play against the host Lancers at 4 p.m. on Friday. The game against the Lancers (2-6) will be a rematch of their meeting at the UCLA Invite on Jan. 17, which USC won by a score of 24-3. The Women of Troy jumped out to a 20-1 lead in the third period and never looked back. Eleven different players scored, led by senior Monica Vavic’s six goals.Immediately following their match against Cal Baptist, the Women of Troy will take on the University of Redlands at 5:15 p.m. The Bulldogs    (0-3) last played against USC in this same tournament last year. The Women of Troy were victorious with a 24-1 win against the Division III school. Seniors Eike Daube and Jennifer Stiefel both scored three goals to lead the Trojans to victory, while sophomores Ioanna Haralabidis and Stephania Haralabidis each scored twice.On Saturday, Feb. 14, USC will play against Pomona-Pitzer (2-2) in an 11:30 a.m. match. The last time these two teams met was at Harvard University for the 2013 NCAA Championship quarterfinals, where USC thrashed Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 27-1. USC eventually went on to win the national championship that year in a thrilling sudden-death win over Stanford.Finally, the Women of Troy will face Occidental College (0-2) at   2 p.m. to end the tournament. In what will be just their third match of the season, the Division III Tigers will look to put up a fight against USC, one of the nation’s best teams.Though the competition may not be at the level USC will face in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, head coach Jovan Vavic and the Women of Troy will look to ride the momentum of last weekend’s successful showing at the Triton Invitational. In fact, two young Trojan players were rewarded for their contributions, with Stephania Haralabidis being named MPSF Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while freshman goalie Victória Chamorro racked up the first award in her young career as MPSF Newcomer of the Week. Stephania Haralabidis led the Women of Troy offensively in La Jolla last weekend, scoring 14 goals to lead USC to four big wins. Chamorro provided a steady force in the cage for USC at the Triton Invitational, racking up a career-high 15 saves in the championship game against No. 6-ranked UC Irvine. Overall, Chamorro finished with a total of 27 saves in just 13 periods of work, while allowing only 11 goals during the tournament.After the first six games of 2015, USC leads the MPSF in offense and defense, as the Women of Troy are outscoring their opponents by a lofty 123-21 margin. Vavic is USC’s leading scorer with 28 goals this season, while Stephania Haralabidis is second on the team with 22 goals, followed by twin sister Ioanna Haralabidis with 15. Defensively, Chamorro averages 7.2 saves per game and just 3.4 goals-against per game.Furthermore, it could be a big weekend for Vavic, who will look to climb the ladder in USC’s record books. After a big scoring output to start the season, Vavic leaped up to No. 3 all-time in career scoring at USC with 219 career goals. With only five goals needed to reach No. 2 all-time, Vavic will almost certainly pass former Olympian Sofia Konoukh (224 career goals) this weekend.last_img read more