H1N1 NEWS SCAN: Success stories, vaccine updates and uptake

first_imgApr 20, 2010Sebelius cites H1N1 success storiesHealth and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday thanked those “on the front lines” fighting H1N1 flu and highlighted successes. Among them: investing in preparedness, declaring a public health emergency quickly, mobilizing health workers for vaccination, relaying prevention messages, reaching out to other nations, ensuring vaccine safety, defining vaccine priority groups, and employing creative distribution. She said HHS needs to better engage minorities and physicians.http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/speeches/sp20100419.htmlSebelius’s Apr 19 speechVolcanic ash smothers New Zealand’s vaccinationsNew Zealand’s Ministry of Health has halted clinic and workplace influenza vaccinations because of supply issues related to the volcanic ash cloud over Europe, according to Radio New Zealand. Although demand for seasonal influenza vaccine, which includes the pandemic strain, has been “unprecedented” for this time of year, the ash cloud has disrupted vaccine shipments from Paris. An immunization manager said the country has 80,000 vaccine doses in stock.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2010/04/20/1247fe67c9ccApr 20 Radio New Zealand reportAlberta seeks reimbursement for unused vaccineAlberta, Canada, is recalling more than 650,000 unused doses of H1N1 vaccine and seeking a refund from its maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), according to the Ontario-based National Post. Health Canada has reduced the expiration date for adjuvanted vaccine only from 18 to 6 months, which has left the province with $2.2 million worth of about-to-expire vaccine. An Alberta official said there will be discussions with federal officials, regulators, and GSK about reimbursement.http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2910645Apr 15 National Post storyMost Australians willing to take vaccine during pandemicAn Australian survey found that most participants would accept pandemic H1N1 vaccine, though their perceived risk for the disease was low. Vaccine became available there Sep 30, 2009; 627 people were surveyed from Sep 5 to Oct 3: 53% perceived their risk of H1N1 as very low to low; 55% were willing to accept vaccine. Other findings: 25% thought H1N1 would affect their health very seriously or extremely, and 49% had made one or more behavior changes (eg, avoiding crowds, frequent hand washing).http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/10/99/abstractApr 19 BMC Infect Dis abstractFrench show low acceptance of H1N1 vaccineA survey of over 2,000 people conducted in France 1 week before the country’s November H1N1 peak found the H1N1 vaccine as acceptable by only 17% of respondents. Acceptance was highest among pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, and those who had been formally advised to get vaccine. Of those refusing vaccination, 71% noted safety concerns. H1N1 was perceived as a severe disease by 36%. A mass vaccination campaign had begun last July in France but did not involve primary care physicians.http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0010199Apr 16 PLoS ONE studylast_img read more

On The Job In Los Alamos: Chuck Hannaford Of The New Mexico Office Of Archaeological Studies

first_imgOn the job in Los Alamos is Research Associate Chuck Hannaford ,from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, teaching young students Tuesday at Ashley Pond Park about Native-American life in New Mexico, as part of the History Adventures children’s summer program presented by the Los Alamos History Museum. The program includes hands-on history activities that has kids moving, making, thinking, sharing and learning every Tuesday morning through July at Ashley Pond Park. History Adventures is free and no registration is required. For more information, click here. #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Ken HansonResearch Associate Chuck Hannaford from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, with Los Alamos History Museum Educator Aimee Slaughter, center, shows students archeological artifacts Tuesday at Ashley Pond Park as park of the History Adventures children’s summer program. Photo by Ken Hansonlast_img read more