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

Veljko Ostojić, HUT: We have years of struggle for each guest

first_img“We have years of struggle for each guest. We all know that competition is not recovering, it has recovered. There are various incentive measures in the Mediterranean countries to make this growth as high as possible. If the business sector of the tourism sector does not improve significantly as soon as possible, we will soon find ourselves in a difficult situation, primarily in terms of competitiveness and investment attractiveness. ” Ostojic emphasized. HUT will start publishing quarterly tourist forecasts in which tourist trends will be precisely analyzed and trends in the coming periods will be predicted. In addition, HUT will initiate the organization of thematic round tables, guest appearances of eminent foreign experts and thematic workshops that will bring together key stakeholders in the tourism sector.  HUT is strengthening its activities with the aim of encouraging the development of the full potential of Croatian tourism  With the establishment of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), the Croatian tourism sector has begun to redefine the system of tourism associations, and now in the next phase is strengthening activities aimed at encouraging the development of the full potential of Croatian tourism. HUT was founded as an umbrella organization that brings together 13 leading tourism companies and the two most important professional associations – the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association (UPUHH) and the Croatian Camping Association (KUH).  The key to the solution is to increase wages and bring them to the level of competing countries. However, although tourist companies increase their salaries every year, unfortunately there can be no serious changes until the tax burden is reduced, which would open space for a more significant step towards competition, HUT concludes. “Tourism is extremely important for the Croatian economy because it accounts for 20 percent of GDP and employs about 10 percent of the total number of employees in Croatia. At HUT, we believe that today tourism is one of the few industries in Croatia that still has significant potential to attract investment and development. The task of all stakeholders in Croatian tourism is to use this potential. Our biggest challenge at the moment is the recovery of the surrounding market and the non-competitiveness of the business framework in Croatia in relation to the surrounding countries. “, said Veljko Ostojic. “We have years of struggle for each guest. We all know that the competition is not recovering, it has recovered – Veljko Ostojic The goal is to better position the entire industry to key stakeholders and engage professional capacity in finding solutions to the challenges of the sector, said Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT, who is also president of UPUHH, president of the Executive Board of KUH. HUT has announced new tools for next year that will enable a better discussion of the situation and trends in the sector, with the aim of how these activities will encourage changes in the business climate in tourism.  October 17.10.2018, XNUMX, Medulin – Veljko Ostojic Director of the Croatian Tourism Association Photo: Dusko Marusic / Pixsell Today, tourism in Croatia is uncompetitive primarily due to the highest tax burden it has compared to neighboring countries. At the same time, it faces a growing problem of labor shortages.  The role of HUT is to strategically direct the development of tourism in Croatia and to promote active cooperation between sectors and decision makers of special importance for tourism. At the same time, UPUHH and KUH continue their activities as professional sectoral associations that will pay special attention to education, development of tourism professions and the exchange of best knowledge and experience.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Distributes Testing Supplies to Hospitals, More Than 67,000 Patients Tested Since March

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that additional shipments of testing supplies have been sent to hospitals across Pennsylvania this week. Since March 9, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has distributed supplies to more than 60 hospitals, health care facilities, and county and municipal health departments to help test more than 67,000 patients.“We know we need to ramp up testing capabilities as a means to further mitigate COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “These supplies are critical to that goal. We will continue to distribute these supplies as quickly and efficiently as they become available.”Testing supplies include nasopharyngeal swabs and viral transport media tubes depending on what is requested by facilities. The department sent testing supplies to the following types of entities:42,000 to county and municipal health departments9,640 to laboratories, testing teams, state agencies and medical practices8,542 to hospital and health systems7,070 to long-term care facilities“Pennsylvania recognizes that increased testing capacity is a critical aspect to successfully reopening the state; especially as certain regions move from aggressive mitigation to containment strategies,” Dr. Levine said. “Even though testing capacity has increased significantly, we will continue to provide necessary testing supplies to our partners across the state so even more Pennsylvanians can be tested and treated for COVID-19.”As of 12:00 a.m., May 28, there are 625 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 70,042. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,373 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 108 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently.Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, GraphicsDaily COVID-19 ReportPress releases regarding coronavirusLatest information on the coronavirusPhotos of the state’s lab in Exton (for download and use)Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (located at the bottom of the page)Community preparedness and procedures materialsMap with the number of COVID-19 casesAll Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts. May 28, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Wolf Administration Distributes Testing Supplies to Hospitals, More Than 67,000 Patients Tested Since Marchlast_img read more