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]
Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. AP The fate of his appeal was notimmediately clear. The app, HKmap.live, “facilitatesillegal behavior,” the People’s Daily said in a commentary. It warned thatApple might be damaging its reputation with Chinese consumers. Apple didn’timmediately respond to a request for comment. (AP) HONG KONG – Hundreds of masked protestersyelling “Revolution Now!” crammed the sidewalk in front of Hong Kong’s HighCourt and spilled onto the street in an impassioned show of support Wednesdayfor an activist appealing a six-year prison sentence for his part in a violentnightlong clash with police. As a prison service bus withmesh-covered windows drove Edward Leung away after the hearing, supporterspressed up against the vehicle, briefly blocking traffic, and held five fingersup in their air. That symbolizes the five demands of Hong Kong’s protestmovement for direct elections, amnesty for arrested demonstrators and otherwishes. China’s government has targeted an arrayof companies and the National Basketball Association for perceived support ofthe Hong Kong anti-government protests. Apple Inc. became the latest onWednesday when the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper criticized the techgiant for a smartphone app on its App Store that allows activists to reportpolice locations and use of tear gas.
Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSliverpoolSoftball Alyssa Dybacz notched three hits and drove in two runs. Kaycee Hawk got two hits and scored twice, with Young and Jordan Martin each adding RBIs. Adrianna Capsello scored two runs, with Mattison Phinney and Emma Johnson also crossing the plate.C-NS, meanwhile, had its own impressive non-league effort that same Monday against East Syracuse Minoa, who is coached by former Northstars great Lucia Meola.Meola’s Spartans had won four in a row going into this game, but state no. 6-ranked C-NS handled them 13-0, moving its overall record to 16-2. Two rallies was all C-NS needed as it jumped on ESM pitcher Shaina Brilbeck for eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, adding five more runs two innings later, plenty of protection for Ariana Corasaniti, who limited the Spartans to two hits overall.Brooke Nicolaos got three RBIs as Francesca LoRobardiere drove in two runs. Corasaniti, Brandi Feeney, Ally Ciafratta and Giana Wameling had two hits apiece, with Shannon Sisco scoring twice to match Feeney and Ciafratta.Liverpool attempted to get a regular-season sweep against West Genesee last Tuesday afternoon, but a single inning proved costly to the Warriors in a 9-6 defeat to the Wildcats.Having beat WG 4-1 two weeks earlier, Liverpool had a 2-0 lead when, in the bottom of the fourth, Cassie Wiggins and Sarah Miles struggled, the Wildcats scoring all nine of its runs.Kayla Hoovler’s bases-clearing triple was one key blow, with Sophia VanHorn’s double also bringing home three runs as Abbey VanHorn had a two-run double.Nearly making it all the way back, the Warriors closed the gap with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but couldn’t quite catch up. Alicia Nash hit a home run as she and Julia Wike both drove had two RBIs, with Emma Terzini and Makayla Sweeting each driving in one run.On Wednesday, it was B’ville against Liverpool, and the Bees got the best of it, prevailing 11-3 as it took charge with five runs in the third inning and four runs in the fourth inning to erase an early 1-0 deficit.Young did it all, from pitching a complete game to earning a home run, two singles and five RBIs at the plate. Johnson drove in two runs, with Hawk, Dybacz, Martin and Khyra Wilbur getting one RBI apiece. Alicia Nash (two doubles) and Helen Nash (double, triple, RBI) paced Liverpool.C-NS, meanwhile, shut out Christian Brothers Academy 5-0, Corasaniti getting one more post-season tune-up as she held the Brothers to one hit all afternoon.A run in the fourth inning got the Northstars in front, but four runs in the sixth put the game away as Alayna Harbaugh went four-for-four with a double and two RBIs, while Wameling had three hits. Corasaniti and Jordyn Maldonado both doubled and drove in runs.When the sectional Class AA playoff brackets were released, just five teams were on it – and Liverpool wasn’t one of them.With the top seed, C-NS had a bye directly into this Saturday’s semifinal at the Gillette Road complex against Fayetteville-Manlius or Rome Free Academy, with B’ville, the no. 2 seed, meeting Syracuse in the other semifinal. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Based on all that had taken place in the regular season, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team knew that Baldwinsville provided the most formidable obstacle to a third consecutive Section III Class AA title.The Bees, who entered the state Class AA rankings in the no. 28 spot, beat the Northstars on May 8, and continued to play well after that game, too, recording a 6-0 shutout of reigning sectional Class B champion Christian Brothers Academy last Monday afternoon.Kayla Young held the potent Brothers lineup to four hits, all singles, and walked four while striking out eight. Her effort was made easier by B’ville getting to CBA pitcher Maddy Tallman for two runs in the second inning and three runs in the third.
Wow thought it was only me😊, even the legend too👍 kinaata be genius 🙌🏽— Wonderfully made (@ObsiMike1) October 30, 2019Gyan missed out on the first Black Stars squad named since the national team’s disappointing Round of 16 exit from the 2019 AFCON tournament, despite scoring a goal for his new side in the Indian Super League last weekend.Kwesi Appiah’s much-changed front-line instead includes captain, Andre Ayew; Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew; Mohammed Kudus of FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark; Emmanuel Boateng of Dalian Yifang in China; TP Mazembe’s Torric Jibril and Shafiu Mumuni of Ashantigold.It’s unclear why Asamoah Gyan was left out of the squad although it’s not completely surprising given comments made by Gyan about his role under Kwesi Appiah at the last AFCON.Gyan said in August that Appiah did not have him in his plans for the AFCON.Gyan, who came off the bench against Cameroon and Tunisia, said that this might have accounted for the lack of minutes at the competition.“I feel I wasn’t in Kwesi Appiah’s plans for the AFCON. With my 17 years of experience, I could tell.“If I’m not a starter, I accept it, that’s the coach’s decision but at least…,” Gyan said.He, however, stated that he was still willing to play for the Black Stars under “any coach”, including Appiah, should he be called into the team.“Maybe he’s changed his decision. If I’m called, I’m available for the Black Stars” Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, is clearly not letting his exclusion from the Black Stars for the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers get him down.Hours after Kwesi Appiah named his 23-man squad for Ghana’s matches against South Africa and São Tomé and Príncipe, which was conspicuously without top players including Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah, the NorthEast FC forward posted a video of himself singing along to ‘Things Fall Apart’, a new song by musician Kofi Kinaata.The song has earned rave reviews and has seen massive airplay since it was first released and it appears to have gained a new admirer in Ghana’s highest ever top scorer.Gyan tweeted his admiration of the song, adding a number of fire emojis, as well.I can’t get over this tune from @KinaataGh 🔥🔥🔥🔥. #ThingsFallApart 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/qHtyinoxRO— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) October 30, 2019A number of his fans seem to like the tune as well and said as much in their own tweets.Oh Bleoobi . ..hmmm…i just realized I’m addicted— S.K. ROCKY (@derigubaa) October 30, 2019 God bless you Baby Jet for loving this wonderful tune from Kofi Kinata.— Lilron (@Lilron40369292) October 30, 2019