First H1N1 vaccine doses headed to states, cities

first_imgOct 1, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The first 600,000 doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine—all of them the nasal-spray formulation—are on their way to 25 states and major cities and should arrive by Tuesday, Oct 6, matching earlier predictions, federal health officials said today.”We are transitioning from the planning to the implementation phase” of the H1N1 vaccination effort, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said at a news briefing.States and large cities began placing orders for vaccine yesterday, said Schuchat, who is director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. She didn’t name the states or cities, but urban areas that work directly with the CDC program are Washington, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles County.”Vaccine ordered yesterday should be arriving out to the sites by Tuesday,” she said. “We’re really pleased that this is starting, and it’s earlier than we were planning.”In response to a question about when the doses will become available, Schuchat said, “There’s a good chance they’ll be available later next week in a lot of the sites.”CDC officials have been predicting that the earliest doses would reach providers in early October. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said last week that the first doses could reach providers as early as Oct 6.Schuchat said that—as predicted previously—all of the earliest doses will be the live-virus nasal-spray vaccine, which is made by MedImmune. Like the company’s seasonal vaccine, FluMist, it is approved for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years, but not for pregnant women or people with chronic conditions that raise their risk for flu complications.”We believe a lot of the states will be directing those early doses to healthcare workers,” Schuchat said. “There’s a bit of a myth out there that the workers shouldn’t get the live vaccine, but that’s a myth. Most healthcare workers who are under 50 and don’t have those chronic conditions can receive the nasal spray.”She said the CDC plans to release information each Friday on how much vaccine was available for ordering and how much was shipped to each of the states and large cities, as of the preceding Wednesday.The CDC has contracted with McKesson Corp. to distribute the vaccine doses to vaccination sites designated by state health departments. McKesson also distributes vaccines in the CDC’s Vaccines for Children program.Schuchat cautioned that the vaccination drive will face some bumps in the road. “At the beginning we’ll have a bit of a slow start. But we’ve ordered enough [vaccine] so everyone who wants to be vaccinated can be.”HHS releases children’s Tamiflu to statesIn other comments, Schuchat said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released 300,000 pediatric doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) from the national stockpile for distribution to states that may need it.”Basically each state that needs their proportion of that supply will receive this Tamiflu over the next week,” she said.The CDC said earlier this week that Tamiflu for children could run short as the flu spreads and advised that pharmacists may need to formulate the medication, sold as a liquid, on site by mixing the adult formulation with other ingredients.”Some of the liquid formulation will have an expiration date that may have passed, but the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] has extended the expiration date of those courses after careful testing,” Schuchat said today.She reported that Texas and Colorado have already requested and received allocations of the liquid antiviral, getting 22,000 and 4,600 doses, respectively.Death toll in pregnant women risesOn another topic, Schuchat updated the CDC’s numbers on H1N1 complications in pregnant women. As of late August, 100 pregnant women in the United States had required intensive hospital care for H1N1 and 28 had died, she said.On a conference call with clinicians earlier this week, CDC officials said that about 5% of H1N1 deaths have been in pregnant women, though they make up only about 1% of the population. As of Aug 20, 24 of the 484 deaths in the country involved pregnant women, officials said.”The H1N1 influenza in pregnant women has really been striking,” Schuchat said today. CDC obstetricians have been talking to “doctors around the country who have never seen this kind of thing before.”She added that the CDC has not previously tracked seasonal flu complications in pregnant women, so it’s not entirely clear if complications are actually much more common with the new virus or if it just seems that way because of increased surveillance.See also:Sep 18 CIDRAP News story “CDC says 3.4 million doses of H1N1 vaccine to ship in early October”last_img read more

Dajuan Coleman provides steady performance in Syracuse’s 71-50 win over Monmouth

first_img Published on November 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ Before Andrew White could score any of his 18 first-half points, there was Dajuan Coleman. All 6-foot-9, 258 pounds of him found creases within Monmouth’s defense. That was no easy task for Syracuse players initially. They combined for six points in the first five minutes.Coleman’s first glimmer of offense came as expected. He was fouled as he crashed the boards and tried to tip-in a second-chance opportunity. The second opportunity proved more unusual. Instead of posting up near the basket, Coleman backed off and hung around the perimeter. White fed Coleman the ball just inside the arc, and the big man splashed in a mid-range jumper.On a night when there was no question as to the focal point of the offense, Coleman was the team’s leading scorer for a fleeting, two-minute stretch.“When I score a quick bucket, that just gets you going,” Coleman said. “You want to come back and get another bucket, get a stop on defense. It just gets you more in the game.”Ironically, Coleman really wasn’t in the game at first. He found quick success at the start of the game, but played only six first-half minutes in No. 18 Syracuse’s (3-0) 71-50 win against Monmouth (1-2). The Orange started out shaky on defense, missing rotations in the zone and allowing the Hawks room to run in the paint. But the narrative tilted in the second half. Monmouth shot 1-of-18 from 3 in the latter 20 minutes and Coleman led an effort to seal off the interior. He drew the praise of Jim Boeheim after the game for nabbing seven second-half boards, not to mention his seven total points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColeman offered the most complete game of his final season on Friday. He stabilized the Orange by vacuuming rebounds on both sides of the ball, with his offensive contributions only an added benefit.“He played great,” fellow big man Paschal Chukwu said. “He did what coach expects him to do: be an inside presence.”Boeheim has been reluctant to lean on Coleman for significant minutes at this part in the schedule. It could be rooted in Coleman’s fragility, lackluster competition or wanting to get answers about Chukwu. But if it wasn’t already apparent, Coleman illustrated just how far his successor has to go. Chukwu’s still trying to catch passes and harness all 86 inches of his physique. Coleman possesses an intellectual part of his game — maneuvering the zone, rebounding without fouling — that Chukwu has yet to fully grasp.The Providence transfer struggled through some of his 10 minutes on the court, fumbling around with his temporary sport goggles. He’s supposed to use them to protect his right eye after getting hit by a ball on Tuesday. Instead he seemed consumed by the lenses on his face, which he removed after his first time out on the court.Amid the revolving door of centers in the first half, Tyler Lydon included, Monmouth continued to get underneath the basket and outscored SU in the paint, 18-4. Coleman’s more consistent presence in the second half kept the Hawks at bay. The senior, perhaps better than any other Orange defender, can carve out space for himself down low. That led the Hawks to try for more 3s, when they had just proven their best offensive game was around the hoop.“He knows the zone really well,” Tyler Roberson said of Coleman, “and he can block shots when guys try to attack him. Experience blended with that together just makes him a really good defensive player.”And especially on this year’s team, experience is the most valued commodity. Commentslast_img read more