CDC plans for unpredictable flu vaccine supply

first_img People at high risk include those aged 65 years and up, nursing home residents, people with chronic conditions, babies and toddlers up to 2 years old, pregnant women, and healthcare workers with high-risk patients. But not everyone in those groups will want a flu shot. Despite a vaccine shortage in 2004-05, providers gave roughly the same number of flu shots to the high-risk groups as in previous years, the CDC reported previously. US health officials are preparing for a wide range of contingencies, and trying to prepare the public as well. “The worst-case scenario is we would have somewhere around 53 million doses. The best case would be about 98 million doses,” Gerberding said. About 57 million people got flu shots in the 2004-05 season, leaving about 3 million doses unused, according to the Associated Press (AP). Sanofi-Pasteur is planning to provide 50 million to 60 million doses this fall. In addition, MedImmune Inc. will make about 3 million doses of its nasal spray vaccine, Reuters reported. May 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Those deemed at highest risk from influenza should have priority for flu vaccinations this fall, federal health officials said yesterday. Gerberding’s comments reflect the unpredictability of the coming flu season and the US vaccine supply.center_img It will be important for people to keep up-to-date on the flu vaccine supply, Gerberding told a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The message will evolve,” she said. Although authorities see progress at Chiron Corp.’s factory in Liverpool, England, it’s not clear whether the company will be approved to sell vaccine in the US, the Los Angeles Times reported. “We want flu shots in their arms first,” Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC), told members of Congress, according to several news reports. “If the vaccine comes through as expected, we’ll do the rest.” In addition, GlaxoSmithKline is seeking approval for its maiden foray into the US flu vaccine market in a licensing arrangement involving 10 million doses, Reuters news service reported.last_img read more

Top Reasons Why Working for a Best Place to Work Can Help Your Career

first_imgWorking for a Best Place to Work isn’t only going to keep you satisfied, but it can boost your career as well.While a great company is usually defined by its culture, having that name on your resume will undoubtedly enhance your brand.“If you have two applicants and everything else is the same but one is coming from Apple and the other is coming from a no-name tech company, nine out of ten times the Apple person is going to get hired,” says Jennifer K. Hill, president of J Hill Staffing. “Your employability is equal to your education times the company you work at times the skills you have.”Brand equity isn’t the only thing you get from being employed by a company that holds the title of a great company to work at. It enables you to learn from some of the brightest people in your field because they are typically also drawn to great companies.“Companies touted as a Best Place to Work typically attract bright people that are content and productive in their role, which means you’ll be working with happy, successful people,” says Susan Vitale, Chief Marketing Officer at iCIMS, the human resources software company. “These organizations have strong senior leadership teams that offer valuable career development and training opportunities and are, frankly, inspiring to work for.” According to Vitale, these companies usually have a strong vision, can execute on their plans, and hold employees accountable, all of which bodes well for anyone lucky enough to work for one of these companies.Landing a job at a company that is highly regarded is going to be tough, but the battle isn’t going to stop once you step through the door. According to Luan Lam, vice president of global talent acquisition at AppDynamic, the bar is usually set higher, which means employees will have to raise their own personal bar to succeed. What’s more, Lam says a company that is honored as a Best Place to Work is usually on the right track in its business. It’s not likely that employees will give a company on the brink of bankruptcy high marks.  According to Lam, if a company is private and then goes public, it validates the employees’ worth and value to other companies. “We all manage our careers on a piece of paper (resume) and if you have all of the right/winning companies on there, all of a sudden your background is all that much more elevated,” says Lam.Career development should be a top priority of every size company, but often it’s the ones that are willing to invest in their employees that get high marks from its workforce. Turns out it’s also one of the reasons the company gets bestowed as a Best Place to Work. “Some of the best companies out there reinvent their employees,” says Hill of JHill Staffing.  “A lot of companies don’t realize the value in training people.”last_img read more

Huge Premier League bid arrives for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes

first_imgBarcelona have turned down a major offer from England for Andre Gomes.Marca says Barca rejected an offer of 35 million euros from a Premier League club for Andre Gomes.Jorge Mendes advised the Catalans of the offer but their response was clear.”Andre Gomes will not be sold,” they said.In addition, they declared him non-transferable.last_img