Panel urges HHS to prepare for H1N1 vaccine safety concerns

first_imgAug 24, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An advisory committee today called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be ready to respond quickly to safety concerns that may emerge during this fall’s novel H1N1 influenza vaccination campaign.The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) unanimously passed a recommendation that HHS “develop, and where possible test in advance, a strong and organized response to scientific and pubic concerns about vaccine safety that may emerge during the 2009 H1N1 vaccination campaign.””The challenge will be to communicate effectively and to differentiate rapidly between adverse events that may be causally related to the vaccine and those which would be expected by chance alone,” states the recommendation.The 17-member committee said HHS could prepare in two specific ways:Assembling information on background rates in the general population of anticipated adverse events following immunization. An HHS official at the meeting said such events might include, for example, heart attacks and shortness of breath.Organizing drills or practice scenarios for how the government will respond to concerns about adverse events temporally—but not necessarily causally—related to H1N1, including identifying data resources and strategies for communications messagesThe recommendations are specifically intended for Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, to whom the committee reports.The recommendation comes as clinical trials of H1N1 vaccines are just getting under way. HHS expects to launch the vaccination campaign in mid October, when only preliminary trial results will be available.Planners are mindful of the 1976 swine flu vaccination campaign, which reached more than 40 million people but was associated with an increase in cases of Guillian-Barre syndrome, a temporary paralytic condition. Officials say vaccine safety and purifications steps are much more advanced today than at that time.The NVAC also approved a separate recommendation today that HHS develop a detailed overall plan for communicating about the H1N1 vaccination program. The group urged HHS to develop a comprehensive plan for achieving at least the following aims:Delineating the difference between seasonal flu and pandemic H1N1 fluReaching out to healthcare providers who do not usually supply vaccination services, such as obstetricians/gynecologists and internistsIdentifying high-risk groups and groups that are targeted for both seasonal flu and pandemic flu immunization, and explaining why these groups may differDiscussing and responding to emerging news and events, such as vaccine supply and vaccine safety concernsThe two recommendations were passed the same day the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology called on the Obama administration to speed the development of strategies to communicate public health messages to help reduce the impact of the pandemic, among other steps. (See related CIDRAP News story.)At today’s NVAC meeting, Jenny Backus, HHS assistant secretary for public affairs, outlined steps the agency is currently taking to communicate with the public about preparing for both seasonal flu and the novel H1N1 virus.Backus said HHS pushed hygiene steps such as hand-washing and cough etiquette during the spring and renewed that emphasis starting in July. From now into mid September the agency will be spreading the word about the importance of getting a seasonal flu shot. The third phase will be to urge target groups to get their H1N1 immunization.”That would begin probably a week or two before we get the big bulk of vaccine out the door,” she said. “I’m projecting starting it about the end of September. We need a little education period; we can’t just drop vaccine into the states and expect people to get the shot.”Noting that the target groups for seasonal and H1N1 immunizations don’t entirely match up, she said, “We definitely have our work cut out for us.”Among other things, HHS has lined up 44 Congress members of both parties to tape public service announcements about flu immunization, Backus reported. They will be posted on the HHS’s flu.gov Web site and used in the lawmakers’ districts.See also:Aug 24 NVAC meeting agendahttp://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/pastmeetings/2009/agenda20090824.htmlNVAC home pagehttp://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/index.htmllast_img read more

DPP orders arrest of Obado, his children over graft

first_imgAn audit trail of the money led to persons closely related to Zachary Okoth Obado who were his proxies.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The statement further stated that Obado indirectly and in conflict of interest, received a benefit totalling to Ksh 73, 474, 376.90 from companies and businesses that traded with Migori County Government.Investigations revealed that the directors of the companies were proxies of Obado including three of his brothers namely; Jared Peter Kwaga, Patroba Ochanda and Joram Opala; and  their mother too Penina Auma Otago, Christine Akinyi spouse to Jared Peter Kwaga and his sister-in-law Carolyne Onyango.Also Read  Governor Obado’s pre-trial case pushed to OctoberThe companies were Misoft Ltd, Tarchdog Printers, Deltrack ICT Services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu Business, Victorious Investments, Dolphus Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.The audit trail of the money revealed that the companies wired Ksh 38,949,376.90 to accounts of governor Obado´s children namely; Achola Dan Okoth, Susan Scarlet Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThe money was used to pay school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and United Kingdom some monies were also traced to have bought two Land Cruisers V8.Ksh 34,525,000 was used to purchase a house in Loresho Ridge whose beneficial owner is Obado´s daughterEverlyne Adhiambo Zachary. Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Nordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Migori Governor Okoth Obado over alleged embezzlement of Ksh 73.4M county funds.According to the DPP, the governor indirectly received Ksh 73.4 million from companies that traded with Migori County Government during his first term in office.In a statement, DPP noted that:  “Public monies were lost through the connivance of the governor and business entities through payments allegedly made for performance of contracts.”Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitieslast_img read more

Junior Players Face Tough Task

first_imgRAINOIL TENNIS OPENNational junior players, Serena Teluwo and Reya Holmes, will have their hands full when hostilities commence at the ongoing 1st Rainoil Tennis Open holding at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja.Teluwo debuted for Nigeria at junior level in April playing a big role alongside Iye Onoja and Oiza Yakubu in securing qualification to the African Junior Championship in Morocco in September where Nigeria posted a decent outing. Holmes on the other hand could not make the team as she suffered an injury to her foot while preparing in London few days to the tournament held in Lagos.Now competing at a much bigger stage, 11-year-old Teluwo will come against Rose Onoja in her first round match.Holmes, who is also 11 is one of the wild card entrants, will be up against Deborah Gbadamosi while Olamide Aluko, another wild card player will face Omolayo Bamidele.“I have trained hard in the last few months and I’m ready to do well in the tournament,” Holmes said adding her target is to reach the third round. Her older sibling, Lolade will have a face-off with Blessing Anuna.Sunday’s draw will also see prime seed, Sarah Adegoke battling Ramota Odeyemi, a qualifier while Aminat Quadri will face Angel McLeod.The 2017 Dala Hard Court queen, Blessing Samuel faces Osareimen Airhunwunde while Oiza Yakubu, who scaled two qualifying tests, confronts Bukola Olowu.Men’s singles top seed, Abdulmumuni Babalola is expected to have an easy passage to the next round as he opened his campaign against qualifier Osuebi Bishop while wild card beneficiary Isaac Attah keeps a date with Clifford Enosoregbe.Rainoil-sponsored Sylvester Emmanuel looks sure bet to scale the first round hurdle when he exchange shots with Musa Bala, a qualifier just as Thomas Otu is favoured to advance at the expense of another qualifier, Ismaila Sikiru. Martins Abamu will be up against Chima Michael just as Michael Iloputa will look to upset Ikechukwu Iloputa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Aguero Fit again to Face Iheanacho, Ndidi in EPL Clash on…

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has said that he is fit for Saturday’s Premier League match at Leicester City, after fainting while playing for Argentina against Nigeria on Tuesday in Russia.The 29-year-old was taken to hospital at half-time during Argentina’s 4-2 friendly defeat by Super Eagles. Aguero was discharged after “precautionary medical checks”.“I’m set to go for Saturday’s match,” Aguero tweeted yesterday on the social media. “The tests they run on me turn out well”. City said Aguero was cleared by doctors to return to Manchester as planned after “suffering a dizzy spell” during the match in Krasnodar. They said he “never lost consciousness”.Aguero recently returned to action after suffering a rib injury when a taxi he was travelling in crashed into a lamp post in Amsterdam in September.City is eight points clear of Manchester United at the top of the EPL table.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more