Flu shots now open to all; officials fear fake Tamiflu

first_img “Starting today, October 24th, we’re making influenza shots available to everyone,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. “There’s no reason for anyone to delay or go without their seasonal flu shot.” Von Eschenbach announced that the FDA is forming a “rapid response team” of experts to help make sure antiviral drugs are available in the event of a flu pandemic. In early September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recommended that flu shots be reserved for people at risk for serious flu complications until today. (The recommendation did not apply to MedImmune’s live-virus vaccine [FluMist], which is licensed only for healthy people between ages 5 and 49.) Despite some scattered shortages caused by delayed vaccine deliveries, the CDC stuck to that timetable. See also: “Providers in areas with sufficient flu vaccine already should open up their programs to the expanded group of people” not at high risk for complications, she said. She recommended that clinicians who have an ample supply of vaccine inform local public health officers so the latter can help shift surplus doses to providers who need them. CDC officials repeated their estimate that at least 71 million doses of flu vaccine will be available in the United States this season, compared with about 60 million last year, when the loss of 48 million doses expected from Chiron triggered shortages. CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said the flu season is just beginning. “We’re seeing very sporadic activity in seven states, and local activity in one state.” Leavitt observed that oseltamivir has been “much in the news” because of the chance that H5N1 avian flu will lead to a human flu pandemic. Many countries, including the United States, are trying to build stockpiles of oseltamivir, but the drug takes a long time to produce. Some localized vaccine shortages have been reported as a result of delayed deliveries, but they are expected to clear up soon, Gerberding said. At a news briefing, officials also warned that the threat of a flu pandemic may spur the sale of fake versions of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). To make sure they get the genuine article, officials said, people should seek the drug through their physician. The best way to avoid fake oseltamivir is to get it from state-licensed pharmacies, said von Eschenbach. “We feel strongly that the best protection for patients is to avail themselves of the drug in the context of a doctor-patient relationship.”center_img He added that people seeking a flu shot should make an appointment, because some providers may not have received their vaccine yet. In a news release issued this afternoon, he said, “Using the Rapid Response Team approach, we believe we could review a complete drug application in six to eight weeks.” Because demand for the drug far exceeds the supply, said Leavitt, “We’re concerned about the threat of counterfeiting of Tamiflu.” The CDC still expects 60 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 3 million from MedImmune, and 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, said CDC spokeswoman Christina Pearson. She said the agency also expects up to 18 million doses from Chiron, which until last week was projecting 18 million to 26 million. Gerberding said that right now she does not expect a shortage of oseltamivir for use against seasonal flu. “The manufacturer still has several million doses in the pipeline,” she said. “The doses that haven’t been distributed yet exceed the number prescribed last year by a significant amount. At this point there’s no evidence of a shortage that’s going to result in any clinical impact on patients. We’ll monitor that.” Oct 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Seasonal influenza shots are not just for high-risk groups anymore, and everyone interested in a shot should go ahead and seek one out, federal health officials said today. Gerberding said people who experience flu symptoms and have not been vaccinated, especially if they are in a high-risk group, should call their physician promptly to find out if treatment with an antiviral drug would be appropriate. Preventive treatment with an antiviral may be indicated n some cases, such as for people who can’t be vaccinated because of an egg allergy. In response to questions, Leavitt and Andrew von Eschenbach, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said they had seen no evidence of counterfeiting to date. But Leavitt said, “It’s a situation that’s ripe for counterfeiting. The WHO [World Health Organization] now indicates that counterfeit drug making is a $34 billion–a-year industry. We’re seeing it in many other instances.” FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108502.htmlast_img read more

Motorcycle slides off road in Laurel

first_imgLaurel, IN—On Sunday, September 8th, at 1:49 a.m., Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene of a motorcycle accident on Stipps Hill Road at its intersection with Davison Road.  Upon arrival, Deputies found a 1999 Yamaha YZF motorcycle off of the south side of the roadway and in a ditch.Through the course of the investigation, Deputies determined that Devin Bryce Bennington, age 24 of Laurel, was operating the motorcycle eastbound on Stipps Hill Road.  Bennington lost control of the motorcycle, causing it to lay over onto its side before traveling off of the south side of Stipps Hill Road and into a ditch.  Bennington was ejected from the motorcycle.Bennington was flown from the scene by Stat Flight medical helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of multiple injuries sustained in the accident.  Bennington was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.last_img read more

Irvine warns Cavendish over Rio

first_img Irvine told Press Association Sport: “I don’t think Cavendish has done an omnium at that kind of level. “Even if he shows up, he probably wouldn’t breeze it. I wouldn’t say he’d get his eyes opened, because he’s got good track skills, but it’s definitely not something that can be taken lightly. “The guys who are consistently good are guys who do a lot of omniums, a lot of track racing, and they’re good across the board. “If some fast man comes in, he could win one of the sprint events, but then he’d get tortured in an endurance event and that’s him out of the running. That’s the nature of that beast.” Cavendish is a 25-time Tour de France stage winner and 2011 world champion on the road. He is twice a Madison world champion and withdrew from the 2008 Tour de France to finalise preparations for Beijing, only to finish ninth in the Madison with Bradley Wiggins. That saw him suffer the ignominy of being the only British track rider to return from China without a medal and he vowed never to ride the track again. He was a surprise inclusion in the British team for the 2009 Track World Championships six months later in Pruszkow, Poland, but has not raced in international colours at that level in the six years since. Press Association British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton may have been hoping his comments that the door was almost closed for Cavendish, whose road commitments take precedence, would spark a guarantee of participation from the 29-year-old. But claiming a medal would not be a matter of just turning up even for a rider of Cavendish’s calibre, according to Irvine, the 2013 world scratch race champion who is eyeing omnium success in Brazil. The change to the omnium format, favouring bunch racers like Cavendish, has piqued his interest, but possibly not enough for him to sacrifice a whole season on the road, where he has been employed to devastating effect since his breakthrough year in 2007. Cavendish is out of contract with Etixx-QuickStep at the end of 2015, but both parties are keen to extend, although the Belgian squad would be reluctant to allow him the time to race indoors that he would need. Should Cavendish, who is 30 in May, miss Rio – where an undulating road race course would end his prospects – there is the distinct probability that one of Britain’s greatest cyclists would finish his career without an Olympic medal. Team Sky’s Ben Swift, who preceded Irvine as scratch race world champion by winning in Melbourne in 2012, is another who is assessing his options, but he is capable of success on the Rio road course. Irvine said: “There’s two ways of looking at it. There’s the pure World Tour endurance rider and then there’s the specialists, like myself. “I believe I can compete with the best on the track, I specialise for it. They can go off and race around the world all they want, but I can just drill out pursuits, kilos and flying laps and tune myself.” Irvine’s preparations take place in Majorca, as there is no velodrome in Ireland. Had things worked out differently, the 29-year-old from Newtownards might have been Britain’s track contender for Rio, only he was not part of British Cycling’s talent conveyor belt. “It’s just my unconventional way of doing things,” he said. “They were cherry picking 15-year-olds and I was lying under a car at that age (working as a mechanic). “But I’m not really one for structure. I probably would’ve got shot out and it could’ve all gone horribly wrong in a controlled environment. The way I did it suited me.” Irvine hopes his round-a-bout route could yet lead to success at next week’s Track World Championships in Paris and in Rio. “I believe I’ve the talent in me to do that result (in Rio),” added Irvine, who has had an injury-hit season this year. “I just need to be really selfish and plan just for that one thing. “I wouldn’t be doing it just to turn up for the kit and be another also-ran.” Mark Cavendish has been warned Olympic success is no guarantee even if he commits for the Rio de Janeiro Games, by Ireland’s Martyn Irvine, who is chasing a medal himself.last_img read more

Part 2: The rules have changed for the Wellington golf course since its heydays of the 1980s

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Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 241 weeks ago I do come play in Wellington about once a month from Wichita. I play all the Wichita courses and the Wellington course. It is a pretty decent course for sure. It is pretty much the only reason I ever even come to Wellington anymore. Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 241 weeks ago $50,000 a year to keep it mowed? I’ll take that job! There’s no mowing service around that wouldn’t jump on a deal like that. So what needs to be done to turn it around and make it profitable? The competition is already in place. Businesses are still tight with their pocket books. And according to the article, fees seem to be about as high as they can go without turning people away. So what needs to be done? Fixing the fairy ring problem won’t turn it around. So something needs to be added to draw people here. But what? Something new. Something unique. Part one of the series mention something about having a kitchen and full bar. Would they be offering food daily? Or would the kitchen simply be used by those that rented the banquet room (also mentioned in Part 1)? A full bar will always attract some people. I’m not a golfer, and probably never will be. But what about a shuttle service during tournament weekends. It’s obvious that those who travel to play the course probably won’t want to stay in most of the local hotels. So that means they’ll be grouping up in hotels outside of Wellington. Why not offer a ride? Is there currently a “beer cart” service? What about a “food cart”? Have they thought about having one of the local restaurants come in and offer food for sale during busy tournaments? Maybe the city could change the laws on golf carts being used on the street. That would force some to rent a cart rather than drive their own to the course. Or how about a cart garage? Build a storage unit type building with individual compartments. Rent them out yearly for people to park their carts in. One issue I have with what Mr. Gill says is the part about 100 families moving out of town if the course closes. That’s akin to all those people that exclaim “if {enter least desirable presidential candidate here} wins the election, I’m moving to Canada!” Puuuullllease! A good friend of mine is a very avid golfer here in town. If it closed, yeah, he’d be upset and I would have to listen to him whine a lot. But he isn’t going to move. There are a lot more things that keep people here. And if the golf course is what literally keeps you here in Wellington, maybe you should pony up some donations to help keep it going! Report Reply 3 replies · active 241 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 241 weeks ago I would like to know the basis for the statement that 100 families would “probably” move out of town if there was no longer a golf course. Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down faganlover · 241 weeks ago Wellington has a lot of problems to deal with right now. Losing the golf course would be another nail in the coffin. Perhaps stating 100 families would move from Wellington is on the high side, but definitely 50 families would. Further erosion of the tax base that is so desperately needed to keep the city afloat. Report Reply 1 reply · active 241 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down jeff · 241 weeks ago Golf is a toy, not a necessity. Let those who play with the toy PAY for the toy. This city needs to concentrate 100% on how it is going to survive, and return itself to a viable place for *anyone* to live and prosper, let alone “100” families who use the toy so much it is their personal priority for where they live. This city has distressing problems. Big, distressing problems. Golf is not – repeat, n-o-t – a distressing matter to 6,500 people trying to pay their utility bills, eat, and have a roof and a car and raise kids. Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 241 weeks ago The WGC has never been self sufficient. When I was working for the city in the 70’s there was money budgeted for it every year, so I don’t know where they got that a one time it paid for itself. I do put in the same arena at the aquatic center, and Worden Park also and that makes it a quality of life thing. they need to support it and help it back to what it once was. Report Reply 0 replies · active 241 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down jason · 241 weeks ago Well if the golf course cant pay for itself, raise the price to play, no tax dollars should be spent on a extra activity for some folks. If it shuts down let the 50 or 100 people move, because the golf course is not whats keeping them here. Its just an excuse they can use. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Steve Gill was a fixture at the Wellington Golf Club for 29 years.Part 2 of 3-part seriesby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — To say Steve Gill knows the Wellington Golf course is an under statement. The former golf manager was in charge of the grounds of the course for 29 years — from 1984 to 2012. Even before that, he helped his father Gerald, who was the course manager as Steve was growing up. He took a lot of pride over the years in the course and knew every inch of every green. The Wellington Golf Course is still a fine course, but he has seen some deterioration. There have also been some environmental issues that have caused problems. The course has been owned by the city for years, and there is discussion going on as to what the city’s financial participation should be. Gill hopes the course will return to its high standards, of course, and he said he is available for advice or any information he could give course or city officials. The course itself has been city owned for as long as anyone can remember. It was built in 1919 as a nine-hole course and was changed to an 18-hole course not long after that. There is no talk of changing that arrangement, but there has been a need expressed for continued, or even expanded, financial support from the city. Gill said there has been a change in the landscape over the years, and that is one reason the local course is struggling financially. The course was able to pay for itself through the 1970s and 1980s, and they even built up a nice reserve fund. In the mid 80s the city changed the arrangement from the golf course being part of the general fund to being in an enterprise fund. Gill said in the 70s and 80s the course was a money-making venture — with 35,000 or so rounds of golf being played each year. Wichita companies would have weekends here where they would bring customers for an outing. The landscape changed though, as other courses were built and competition for customers became more intense. Businesses also began cutting back when expenses like golf outings were no longer tax deductible. Those two factors together made the local golf course not as profitable, and the city has had to chip in to help make ends meet. According to city budget numbers, the city of Wellington puts in about $60,000 per year into the golf course. “In the 1980s, the game was growing rapidly,” Gill said. “A lot of facilities were being built but revenues exceeded expenses. But then in the 90s, the area became overbuilt with golf courses and businesses starting to cutback.” While the rounds of golf being played at Wellington were about 35,000 in the 80s, it was down to 22,000 by the time he retired in 2012. “There was a big paradigm shift in the number of rounds played,” Gill said. “More courses were being built with more bells and whistles. People were also not playing as much golf.” Gill hopes the course can be restored to its glory days of the 80s, and he said they seem to have a good plan as far as sales go. But he said there will have to be some money put into the course to even maintain what is there now. “When revenue was going good we bought good used equipment,” Gill said. “The irrigation system was put in about 1993 and it is aging.” Additionally there has always been good public support for the course. It was public support that created the unique greens that adorn the course now. They are raised slightly, which was popular when they were put in about 1960 which were converted from sand greens. It was a huge undertaking, but Wellington’s course became one of the most coveted in south-central Kansas. Gill said this makes it unique in the area and it makes it a bit challenging. It is a short course as far as yardage is concerned. But the raised greens made it more interesting to play. Gill always liked the fact that all kinds of people used the course. Golf is often associated with more wealthy people, but there have always been people from all economic levels playing at the course here. The course also has a lot of trees compared to other courses, and many of those were planted by Gerald Gill.•••••The golf’s future But now the course has reached another turning point. Gill sees the condition deteriorating, going from great to good. He believes the city will have to continue supporting the course for it to remain competitive. There are still a good number of people coming from out of town to play and it is popular with people in Wichita.There are other cities around that support their golf courses. Quail Ridge in Winfield, for instance, was developed around upscale housing and built for that purpose. Ponca City has a nice course that is also supported by the city. Gill said for the course to remain competitive with Quail Ridge, Ponca City and others, it will have to be maintained at a very high level. He used to walk around the course every day and find things to fix, and that is what it takes. The course recently had a problem with Fairy Ring, a fungus that attacks greens, and makes them not as attractive. There are also weeds creeping into the fairways. Gill said some might say the course is a waste of money, but he added that if the golf course were not there it would probably still cost the city $50,000 a year to keep it mowed. And, if the course closed you would probably have 100 families move out of town, lowering the tax base even more. He added that for years the golf course gradually increased its fees, cart rentals and other prices, but eventually you price yourself out of the market if you go too far.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more