H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Internet preparedness, thimerosal ban lifted, vaccine interest, AMA flu tools, pregnancy

first_imgOct 26, 2009GAO finds gaps in Internet pandemic planningThe US Department of Homeland Security has not developed a plan to address Internet congestion during a severe pandemic and has not looked into the possibility of asking the public to reduce nonessential use in such a setting, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said today in an investigative report. The study, requested by Congress, also found that most securities firms had addressed pandemic planning, but not all had addressed staffing issues or telework alternatives.http://gao.gov/products/GAO-10-8Oct 26 GAO reportMissouri suspends thimerosal ban for vaccine The director of Missouri’s health department has suspended a legal restriction so that children under age 3 and pregnant women can receive pandemic H1N1 vaccine containing thimerosal. Margaret Donnelly determined that a shortage of preservative-free vaccine was preventing these groups from being immunized, the health department said. As permitted by law, she temporarily set aside a statute that bars the groups from receiving vaccines containing thimerosal.http://www.dhss.mo.gov/NewsAndPublicNotices/2009/h1n1vaccinewaiver.htmlOct 22 Missouri Department of Health releaseChinese public’s interest in H1N1 vaccine plungesA poll finds that only 30% of Chinese would like to get the H1N1 flu vaccine, far below the 76% who said they wanted it in a poll 2 months ago, according to a report in the British newspaper The Independent. Citing safety concerns, 54% said they did not plan to be vaccinated, according to the poll by China Daily and the Web site sohu.com. The government plans to inoculate 5% of the population, about 65 million people, the story said. So far 300,000 people have been vaccinated.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/more-than-half-of-chinese-dont-want-swine-flu-shot-poll-1809649.htmlOct 26 Independent reportAMA launches flu tools for patients, physiciansThe American Medical Association (AMA) recently launched a flu assessment Web portal to help patients gauge their symptoms and to help physicians monitor their patients and manage case flow. Based on guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptom assessment function advises patients when they should seek care for themselves or their loved ones. The site also offers assessments relating to vaccines for pregnant women and postvaccination symptoms.http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/h1n1/news/ama-flu-help-release.shtmlOct 22 AMA press releaseEl Salvador notes flu, dengue fever co-infectionsHealth officials in El Salvador are reporting four cases of patients infected with influenza A H1N1 and dengue fever, according to an Oct 24 translated media report published yesterday on the ProMed e-mail listserv. Though it’s not clear if the virus is pandemic H1N1, ProMed moderators suspect it is, because virus activity is increasing in El Salvador, unlike other Central American sites. Though the cases did not appear to be fatal, there was little other information about the clinical course.http://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=2400:1001:4230844457742528::NO::F2400_P1001_BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,79805Oct 25 ProMed postHealth groups issue letter on H1N1 and pregnancyIn an urgent effort to press the importance of seasonal and pandemic H1N1 vaccination for pregnant women, four major medical groups—the AMA, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the CDC—sent a joint “dear colleague” letter to healthcare professional nationwide. The letter points out the increased number of flu deaths in pregnant women and advises providers to counsel and vaccinate this group.http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/media/releases/newsreleases-statements-2009/h1n1-vaccine-pregnant-patients.htmlOct 22 AAFP press releaselast_img read more

Seven injured in Franklin County crash Monday

first_imgBath, Ind.— A Monday accident at Hetrick and Springfield Roads resulted in minor injuries to seven people.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says a vehicle driven by Ruben Sanchez, 29, of Hamilton, Ohio, failed to stop at a stop sign the intersection at 6 p.m. and collided with a vehicle driven by John Rosenberger, 55, of Bath. The impact caused Sanchez’s vehicle to flip onto its top.Sanchez and passengers, Stephanie Pena, 25, Camila Andres, 8, Carolyn Andres, 7 and Carla Andres, 6, were transported by EMS to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford, Ohio for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Rosenberger was transported to a local hospital by personal vehicle with non-life threatening injuries.last_img

Decal packets being mailed

first_imgPackets for Stock Car, Hobby Stock, both SportMod and Sport Compact divisions will go in the mail as soon as they are completed; licenses and claim cards (in applicable divisions) will be included in decal packets. VINTON, Iowa – Modified, Late Model and RaceSaver Sprint Car decal packets are now being mailed to IMCA drivers who have purchased competitor’s licenses for 2019. last_img

WATCH: Didier Drogba celebrates Chelsea’s Europa league semi final victory

first_imgChelsea legend Didier Drogba was full of delight when Chelsea booked their place in the final of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.Star man Eden Hazard scored the winning penalty for the Blues in a penalty shootout win over German side Eintracht Frankfurt, after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.Chelsea keeper Kepa Arizabalaga was the hero as he saved two crucial spot kicks to give Chelsea victory.Chelsea will face London rivals Arsenal in the final on June 1, after the Gunners overcame Spanish side Valencia in the other semi final.Watch Drogba’s celebration below:Well done My People @chelseafc 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙Another final!!!on the road to Baku @europaleague Let’s win it NOW pic.twitter.com/s4ONSdJe2e— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) May 10, 2019Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea in two spells at the club.last_img read more