The effect of the vaccine shortage on coverage in children with asthma is unknown, the CDC says. The prioritization advice might have contributed to the higher rate in asthmatic children than in children with no asthma, or the shortage might have caused lower vaccinate rates in all children, relative to other seasons. The figure comes from the first attempt to estimate flu vaccination coverage specifically in children with asthma, for whom the shots have been recommended since 1964, the CDC reports in the Mar 9 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Previously the CDC estimated a flu vaccination rate of 34.8% in 2004-05 for children with any of several risk factors for flu complications. That estimate, based on 685 children sampled in the CDC ‘s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, did not include a separate assessment of coverage in children with asthma. The survey revealed a vaccination rate of 29.0% (95% confidence interval [CI], 24.5% to 33.9%) for children with asthma and 10.3% (95% CI, 9.3% to 11.5%) for children without asthma. Among children with asthma, 2- to 4-year-olds had the highest rate, 32.9%, versus 28.0% for 5- to 12-year-olds and 28.8% for 13- to 17-year-olds. In 2005 the CDC added questions about flu vaccination in children to its National Health Interview Survey, an ongoing, in-person household survey of the US civilian population. In the interviews, information about one randomly selected child from each household is collected from an adult family member. The 2004-05 flu season brought an unexpected shortage of vaccine, when problems at a Chiron plant in England kept about 50 million doses off the US market. Because of the shortage, the CDC recommended prioritizing high-risk groups for vaccination, and children with asthma were included in the priority group of people with chronic medical conditions, the report notes. Responses from interviews conducted between March and August of 2005 were used to estimate vaccination coverage in the preceding flu season. A total of 5,124 children, aged 2 to 17 years, were included in the analysis; children were considered vaccinated if they had received a flu shot between September 2004 and February 2005. The article says 557 children, or about 10.9% of the sample, were reported to have asthma. Nationally, about 8.9% of children younger than 18about 6.5 millionhad asthma in 2005, the CDC says. Mar 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Only about 29% of the 6.5 million American children with asthma, a group at risk for influenza complications, received flu shots in the 2004-05 season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. Children who had asthma and had had an attack in the year preceding the interview had significantly higher vaccination coverage than those who had had no episodes in the preceding year: 35.9% versus 20.0% (P<.001). Vaccination coverage also increased with the number of medical visits in the preceding year. The CDC says possible ways to boost vaccination rates include year-round scheduling of flu vaccination appointments and computerized reminder systems. In a 2006 study, vaccination coverage for children with asthma increased significantly from 23.2% to 35.1% after a year-round scheduling policy was adopted. Although children with asthma were nearly three times as likely to have been vaccinated as children without asthma, the finding indicates that "influenza vaccination coverage among children with asthma is inadequate and that opportunities for vaccination during health-care provider visits likely are being missed," the CDC says. CDC. Influenza vaccination coverage among children with asthmaUnited States, 2004-05 influenza season. MMWR 2007 Mar 9;56(9):193-6 [Full text]
Over the weekend, the University of Wisconsin wrestling team traveled to the state of Indiana on their final dual road trip of the year, winning against Indiana and Purdue.Wrestling: Badgers upset No. 5 Nebraska, fall to Minnesota, Ohio StateThe Badger wrestling squad had a small break after the Midland’s Tournament held over the holiday break. Their return to Read…The Badgers first traveled to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers Friday night.The first match of the night, featuring the only match of the night with two ranked wrestlers, was at 149. Wisconsin’s No. 12 Cole Martin took on No. 22 Graham Rooks. Martin majored Rooks 12–3 at the Midlands Championship in December, but Rooks proved stiffer competition this time. Rooks took Martin down with 16 seconds left in the bout and held on to win 4–3.Drew Scharenbrock dropped the next match for the Badgers at 157, losing by a 5–3 decision. No. 3 Evan Wick quickly got the Badgers back on track with a pin, to tie the duel 6–6 heading into the 4th match.Jared Krattiger kept the ball rolling at 174, also securing a pin, to give the Badgers a 12–6 lead. Not wanting to be outdone by his teammates, No. 11 Johnny Sebastian secured a 20–4 tech-fall. Sebastian returned to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 10 and toted a rather large brace on his right shoulder. Hopefully, Sebastian can remain healthy from here on, as he’s going to be a crucial part of the Badgers push for team accolades come postseason tournament time.Taylor Watkins got the nod this time for the Badgers at 197 and produced his first dual win with a 6–1 decision. No. 5 Trent Hillger secured an 8–3 decision to give the Badgers a comfortable 23–6 lead. Eric Barnett dropped a close 7–4 decision in the 125 bout. No. 1 Seth Gross continued his dominance, winning a 12–4 major decision. Dominic Dentino saw some action with the dual win already being secured. He, unfortunately, lost 10–4, to give the Badgers a 27–12 win against the Hoosiers.Wrestling: Catching up with Wisconsin as they begin conference playThe wrestling team has dominated all season, standing at 6-0 before visiting Iowa City this week. They wrapped up November Read…In their final stop of the weekend, the Badger squad traveled to West Lafayette Sunday to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. The Boilermakers were ranked No. 7, making this a very competitive dual on paper for the No. 4 Badgers.Barnett opened up the dual against No. 6 Devin Schroder. Barnett showed how dangerous he can be as he led 8–1 after the first period where he secured two takedowns and a nearside cradle for near fall, all from Schroder’s shots. Schroder, however, showed why he is No. 6 in the nation, and stormed back for a 9–8 victory.No. 1 Gross wasted no time in pinning his opponent, winning in just 1:12. No. 4 Tristan Moran gutted out a close 6–2 decision to push the Badgers’ lead to 9–3.In the only bout of the afternoon featuring two ranked wrestlers, No. 12 Martin took on No. 15 Griffin Parriott. Martin responded to a disappointing Friday showing, with an impressive ranked win with a 4–2 decision.Scharenbrock faced a tough test at 157 against No. 8 Kendall Coleman. Coleman recorded a 26–11 tech-fall against Scharenbrock. The Badgers lead 12–8 heading into the second half of the dual.Wrestling: Wisconsin primed for strong season after new additions via recruitment, transfer portalRanked third in the nation in multiple preseason polls, the University of Wisconsin wrestling team has a great chance to Read…No. 3 Wick continued his dominance when he recorded his second pin of the weekend. Wick spent a total of 6:02 on the mat last weekend.Krattiger faced a tough test against Purdue’s No. 4 Dylan Lydy at 174. Krattiger was very competitive as he was tied with Lydy 1–1 until the final 30 seconds. Lydy recorded two takedowns in the final moments to win 5–2.No. 11 Sebastian won a close 4–3 decision against Purdue’s Max Lyon. Watkins wrestled a tough overtime match in the penultimate bout of the evening but ended up losing 3–1 in sudden victory. The Badgers won the final bout of the afternoon via injury disqualification. The No. 4 Badgers took down the No. 7 Boilermakers 27–14.Friday, the Wisconsin wrestling team faces one of the best teams in the nation at the UW Field House when they take on the No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions. Last year in State College, PA the No. 19 Badgers scared the then-No. 1 Nittany Lions, as the underdog Badgers led 13–9 through six of the 10 bouts before ultimately losing 24–13. Friday, the Badgers look to upset their second highest-ranked opponent at home (Nebraska being the highest).The Badgers are underdogs but poised to upset one of the best teams in the nation. Friday night should be a good one and you won’t want to miss it. The action gets started at 8 p.m. in the UW Field House, and it will be broadcast on BTN.
:10 As you know, I am always talking to you about “Old School.” Why? Cause I’m old, that’s why! Yeah, I know. I look good for my age. People tell me that all the time …and you know what, they’re right. Anyway, back to something way more important than me. If you want that good old school feeling…I mean that early Sunday morning biscuits and gravy, grits in the deep pot, ham, bacon and sausage, hot cakes, scrambled eggs and coffee old school feeling, then all you have to do next Sunday is get your lazy butt out of the bed and walk through the warm beautiful, historic and welcoming doors of St. James AME Church on Lincoln Avenue. The Champions’ staff were invited guests to the churchmember, renown Pittsburgh actress and model Rita Gregory. The word was powerful, inspirational and yes…quick…(smile). The church family was warm and Ms. Hazel’s Kitchen is all that. Chicken, poke salad, greens, corn bread…oh lord, let me stop! And how about this, all the food is served by young people. You know, the kind of young good folks we’re proud of who far outweigh the bad. I’m talking about the kind we celebrate on the 6 p.m. evening news, not the ones we close the gate on the 11 p.m. news. You’ve heard enough. Visit St. James. Do it now…because I said so…and oh yeah, God says so too!:9 All I said was the Lakers would make the playoffs. That’s all I said…no, shut up.:8 You might as well get on the band wagon now. Your Pittsburgh Pirates are for real. Not only are they legit, but now the word comes that we got depth…back up baby. LET’S – GO – BUCS!:7 Here’s an “Overtime” sports bulletin for ya. And remember, you heard it here first. The Pittsburgh Old Timers won the National Championship yet again. Tom “Bum” Coates added to his legend by bringing home MVP honors…word is he hit 4—3s in a row to bring home the title…some say he’s still dropping 3s and the game has been over for two weeks. More info and a team photo next week.:6 Now look and listen, and trust me, this comes from the heart mmmaaannn. It’s possible you may have had a smarter coach in the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League, but none smarter than Richard Allen. And you may have more dedicated coaches, but none more so than Karen Hall. And it’s possible you may have had someone more committed to winning than Ringo Saunders, but I doubt it. And I guess you could have had a better dressed coach than Roland Slade, but you would have to look far and wide. And, if you’re going to try and tell me there was a better organized and fully equipped coach in the league than me…aka Bill Neal…forget about it. But, if you want to identify the one coach that brought all these attributes to the court…then that would be…yeah, you know it—LaVaughn “Meatball” Johnson. Stand up and be applauded! (Alright man, I told ya I would hook you up. Now quit calling me). Hey everybody, you know “ball” can’t see all that good so here’s the truth, but don’t tell him I told you. We all know the man who wears all those crowns is the godfather Eddie Jeffries “The King of the Gangsters” …the Rankin Gangsters that is, wore a shirt and tie—on—the—sidelines. C’mon man!!!:5 The Pens are in. Let’s get ready to RRRUUUMMMBBBLLLEEE!:4 All you need to know is the Steelers met all their needs. Linebacker, wide receiver, running back and safety…now we have to see if them dogs can hunt!:3 I’m just sayin’, what about O.J.?:2 Movie Review Time. Oh, shut up will ya! You wanna have some fun, go see The Big Wedding, a Simmi chick flick, but De Niro makes it man friendly I give it 3 ***. And if you got the guts to see Pain & Gain with the Rock and Mark Wahlberg, funny, intense, brutal, bloody and yes boys and girls, a true story. Now that didn’t hurt did it?:1 Hey, if you’re looking for a wonderful thing to do for Mothers’ Day, call Rita Gregory. No, I mean a Mothers’ Day good time. She’s hosting the Mothers Day / Celebrity Women’s Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, May 11, at St. James Church, 2 p.m. Tickets are only $30, honoring “20” of Pittsburgh’s outstanding women, and the special treat, the M.C. for the event is the legendary Debbie Norrell. Call the Champions at 412- 628-4856 to get a ticket while we still have them…fame—fashion—food and fun. It doesn’t get any better than that. And you know you can take that to the bank!:00 Kevin Cameron…I can’t hear you mmmaaannn!!!~ GAME OVER ~ BILL NEAL