CDC loosens restrictions on flu vaccine

first_imgDec 17, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – To keep influenza vaccine from going to waste, the government announced today that more people will be eligible to receive flu shots starting Jan 3 where supplies are adequate.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said people aged 50 to 64 and those who care for or share a household with people in high-risk groups will be included in vaccination priority groups as of Jan 3, provided local health authorities determine that the vaccine supply is sufficient.The change was recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).”In most communities we’re still targeting vaccine to the people in the highest priority groups,” said CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD. “The challenge is that in some places, health departments and private providers currently do not have enough demand from people in those priority groups. We don’t want those doses to go to waste, so some states are expanding to make good use of those doses. The ACIP’s recommendation is consistent with this approach.”Because of the flu vaccine shortage, the CDC previously had recommended that doses be reserved for children aged 6 to 23 months, people 65 and older, the chronically ill, pregnant women, nursing-home and long-term care residents, children on chronic aspirin therapy, healthcare workers involved in direct patient care, and caregivers and household contacts of babies under 6 months old.The ACIP suggested implementing the change Jan 3 to allow time for unvaccinated people in current priority groups to seek shots.The ACIP also passed a resolution expanding the groups eligible to receive flu shots under the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, the CDC said. Effective immediately, VFC-eligible children who are household contacts of people in high-risk groups are eligible for vaccination, the committee said.Today’s announcement was foreshadowed last week, when the CDC suggested that the vaccination guidelines could be broadened in states that still had vaccine doses left in the private sector after meeting the demand from priority groups.last_img read more

‘Bad day’ for Van Gaal

first_img United racked up six straight wins against some of the best teams in Europe during pre-season, but they were given a reality check in Van Gaal’s first Premier League game. Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson found the net either side of a Wayne Rooney scissors kick to give the Swans a surprise 2-1 win at Old Trafford. Some of United’s build-up play was slow, they lacked pace up front, and organisation at the back. Van Gaal’s toughest task of his reign so far will be picking his men up for next week’s trip to Sunderland. “We have built up a lot of confidence and then it shall be smashed down because of this result,” Van Gaal said. “We are not reaching our level. That’s the main thing. Because of that we didn’t play as a team.” Van Gaal claimed on Friday that Rooney struggled to handle the pressure of being Manchester United captain in Tuesday’s friendly win over Valencia. The United manager thinks many more of his players buckled under the pressure of trying to make a positive start to the season following last year’s dire showing under David Moyes. “I saw a lot of players looking very nervous, making the wrong choices and that is a pity,” the former Barcelona coach said. “These players have to forget that expectation because that is Manchester United. “You have to cope with that pressure. That is also a process. “But we have to know that it is only one game of many games. “You shall not be the champion at this moment. You shall be the champion in May.” With nine players out through injury, Van Gaal handed debuts to Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard. The duo performed reasonably well, although Lingard had his afternoon cut short thanks to a tackle from Ashley Williams. The 21-year-old left the stadium on crutches and looks set for a spell on the sidelines. Van Gaal’s men got off to the worst possible start when Ki turned home Sigurdsson square pass and the Iceland international drove past David De Gea in the second half after accidentally being teed-up by Wayne Routledge’s mis-placed shot. When asked whether he thought he needed to add new players to his squad, Van Gaal said: “Yes, but I thought that before this match. “I know in what positions we need better players. But you have to buy only when the player can fulfil the way of playing that I ask.” One plus-point for Van Gaal is that Robin van Persie is close to full fitness following his late return from the World Cup. “We are now training with Robin for three weeks so the point that he can come in to the selection is closer now,” said Van Gaal, who left his compatriot out of his matchday squad. Garry Monk was delighted to have led Swansea to their first league win at Old Trafford. The Swans are among the favourites to go down this year, but Monk thinks his team can go on to surprise a few more people. “Nobody gave us a chance before the game, but we can be better than that,” the Swansea manager said. “We can be sharper and improve in certain areas, but today we were right in many aspects, and we got the right result. “I’m very pleased overall. We were very good today and showed a great attitude. Hopefully we can have more days like this.” Press Association Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United’s shock home defeat to Swansea is likely to “smash” the confidence of his players. In typical Van Gaal style, the Dutchman pulled no punches after the final whistle. The new United manager criticised his players for being nervous. He also said they lacked confidence and did not play as a team. In fact, the 63-year-old said his first official game in charge of the 20-time English champions was the stuff of nightmares. “When you have preparation time and you win everything and your first match you lose, it cannot be worse, I believe,” Van Gaal said. “It’s a very bad day for us. “It’s very disappointing for the players, the fans, for me, and the staff.” Van Gaal swept into Old Trafford with a swagger after pre-season wins over a sextet of teams with 35 European trophies between them. But on a chilly afternoon in Manchester, United were brought back down to earth. last_img read more

Lacazette, Morata in unexpected showdown

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Had the close season panned out as initially expected, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata would not be lining up for Arsenal and Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley.After 14 years at Lyon, Lacazette decided it was time to move on and was reported to have agreed to join up with his France team-mate Antoine Griezmann at Atletico Madrid.However, Atletico then had a transfer ban upheld over the signing of foreign minors and with the Madrid club barred from registering new players until January 2018, Arsenal stepped in.Arsenal’s fans have been crying out for a top-rank striker ever since Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United in 2012 and in Lacazette their wish appears to have been granted.A dead-eyed finisher, the 26-year-old was the top-scoring Frenchman in each of the last three Ligue 1 seasons and left Lyon having scored 113 goals in his last four campaigns.He cost Arsenal an initial fee of £46.5 million ($60.6 million, 51.6 million euros), making him both Arsenal’s biggest ever signing and Lyon’s biggest ever sale.Lacazette will form a potentially devastating attacking trident with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but manager Arsene Wenger has warned that he will need time to find his feet in north London.“Sometimes it takes a few months, sometimes it takes very little time,” Wenger said.“The only thing I must say with Lacazette is that week after week, he looks to adapt quickly. But overall I think it will take him one or two months.”Morata’s move to England was no surprise, but the Spain international had been earmarked for a move to Manchester United.Instead, United hijacked Chelsea’s attempt to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge and the champions switched their attentions to Morata.The 24-year-old cost Chelsea £58 million and is due to take the place of Diego Costa, who — completing the love triangle — is at loggerheads with the club over his desire to return to Atletico.– Hazard out – Morata has scored in a Champions League final, netting for Juventus in their 2015 loss to Barcelona, but arrives after a frustrating season as a back-up player at Real Madrid.Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Morata was deterred from joining Spurs two years ago due to his fears about the competition he would face from Harry Kane.But despite the striker’s inability to dislodge Karim Benzema from the Madrid starting XI, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes he can reach the very top.“He is a young player and my task is to help him improve and exploit his quality,” said the Italian.“I know he has great quality to become one of the best strikers in the world.”Sunday’s game, the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season, is a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.Having streaked to the title, Conte was seeking to emulate his compatriot Carlo Ancelotti by winning a league and FA Cup Double in his first maiden Chelsea season.But Arsenal blew Chelsea away with a sensational display, Aaron Ramsey’s 79th-minute winner securing a 2-1 win that brought the beleaguered Wenger a record seventh success in the competition.Sanchez could start on the bench for Arsenal, having only returned to training on Tuesday after being given an extended break following his exertions with Chile at the Confederations Cup in Russia.Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, likewise, is short of fitness, after also playing at the tournament, while defender Gabriel and midfield pair Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere are definitely out.With Costa frozen out and Eden Hazard absent due to a broken ankle, Conte could try out a new-look strike-force of Morata and Michy Batshuayi.New recruit Tiemoue Bakayoko, formerly of Monaco, has a knee injury, but Victor Moses could play as the suspension incurred by his dismissal in the FA Cup final does not apply in Sunday’s game.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Field Hockey Team

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers faced some stiff competition at the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships in West Vancouver.Hats off to the Bombers girls for taking the Wild Card route to the provincial tournament and proudly representing the West Kootenay. Staff at Mallard’s Source For Sports want to honour the accomplishments of the Bombers by naming the squad Team of the Week.The team includes Noelle Wang, Emma Borhi, Ella Pommeranz, Emma Gregorich, Lauren Walgren, Sydney Zondervan (coach) Allie Zondervan, Kyra Burkart, Naomi Perkins, Mckenna Bennett, Noa Butterfield, Hailee Gerun, Anna Goeppner, MarleyReynold and Ava Strautman, Jena Wheeldon, Tara Yowek, Abbie Bourchier-Willans and coaches Val Gibson and Bruce Walgren.last_img read more