Slow uptake of children’s flu vaccine

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UL Hospitals Group chief executive Colette CowanPARENTS in Limerick are not having their children vaccinated against the flu in the numbers that were expected.According to local family doctors, the take-up of the free, painless vaccine – which is administered by nasal spray – has been very disappointing.Meanwhile, it has emerged that just over half of healthcare workers in the University of Limerick Hospitals Group have availed of the flu vaccine while six in ten community healthcare workers have been vaccinated.Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan confirmed that 51 per cent of the healthcare workers in its six hospitals have been vaccinated.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is the highest flu vaccine uptake ever recorded by the hospitals. The UL Hospitals Group is actively working towards the national target of 75 per cent vaccination for healthcare workers,” Prof Cowan added.The numbers indicate that there has been  a 120 per cent increase on the same five week vaccination period in 2019.In answer to a query from the Limerick Post, the HSE said it does not have data on the uptake of the new children’s vaccine but said that 600,000 doses of nasal flu vaccine have been procured so far this year.“All sites that placed an order for the vaccine received their first delivery by the October 9. To date, more than 75 per cent of the vaccine has been distributed to GPs and pharmacies for administration to children between two and 12 years of age,” a HSE spokesman explained.“As of November 18, at least 122,000 doses of the children’s vaccine have been given.“With less than three weeks left of the school term and understanding the challenging circumstances schools find themselves with Covid protocols and limited space for vaccinations, it is not possible to provide the flu vaccine in schools this year,” the spokesman added.At a meeting of the Health Forum West last week, Chief Officer for HSE Mid West Community Healthcare Maria Bridgeman, said that 60 per cent of heath care workers in the region have been vaccinated.“Clinics are on-going across the area and the figure of 60 per cent uptake is expected to increase in the weeks ahead,” she said. Facebook Previous articleFamily hoping inquiry will reopen Bunratty death investigationNext articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 35 | Big news hidden in plain sight Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Johnson and Johnson lead the way with vaccine candidate for COVID-19 WhatsApp Measles outbreak team in city TAGSvaccine Printcenter_img Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Measles cases increase More measles cases in Limerick NewsHealthSlow uptake of children’s flu vaccineBy Bernie English – December 4, 2020 342 Under-40s need measles vaccine as cases climb Twitterlast_img read more

Hudson County Community College Student Pedro Moranchel, Jr. Selected as One…

first_imgPedro Moranchel, Jr. “The entire HCCC family joins me in congratulating Pedro on this great achievement,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber.  “This recognition is exceptionally well deserved. He is truly an inspiration to all of us, and we are very proud that he will be representing Hudson County Community College at this large national conference of dedicated students and educators.”Pedro Moranchel, Jr. is a 20-year-old HCCC Physics major and the son of Mexican and Honduran immigrants whose struggles motivated him to set ambitious academic goals and work hard. The honors student is Vice President of Scholarship of the College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society, President of the HCCC STEM Club, and Director of the Inter-Club Council of the HCCC Student Government Association. He relates that he has become more driven, talkative, and extroverted through his HCCC experience.ATD DREAM scholars are nominated by their institutions, submit applications that reflect on their college journeys, and undergo a rigorous selection process. During their DREAM activities, students meet with community college leaders, share their educational experiences, and attend sessions to improve student success, institutional governance, teaching and learning, administration and more. Scholars share presentations that provide insight about improving student success and completion and closing achievement gaps for historically underserved student populations. The DREAM 2021 conference “Data and Technology” theme aligns with Mr. Moranchel’s goals.“I greatly enjoy the intersection of policy action with data, where I feel optimization is key in presenting better decision-making for students,” Mr. Moranchel said. “I’m interested in learning more about navigating through data, and using a research lens to provide unique insights. To be able to produce change also drives me, and is a common denominator of my ambitions.”Mr. Moranchel is also interested in fostering diversity. “The STEM workforce isn’t as diverse racially or socioeconomically relative to other domains. Bolstering community college students would bring new perspective,” Mr. Moranchel said. “I hope to be able to someday produce diversity programs connected to STEM as a professor or person of influence in my local community.” Hudson County Community College (HCCC) student Pedro Moranchel, Jr., has been chosen as one of just eight students in the United States to participate in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) 2021 DREAM Scholars Program.ATD is a national educational reform network whose work has had a transformational impact on partnering colleges. The ATD mission focuses on helping high-achieving, higher education institutions build equity and capacity in their student success initiatives by using data to inform practice. HCCC joined the ATD Network in 2019 and has adapted a laser-like focus on improving key student success metrics in the areas of student engagement, retention, persistence and completion. DREAM scholars engage with community activists, education leaders, and peers to enhance leadership, critical thinking, and networking skills. ×Pedro Moranchel, Jr. last_img read more

Pair of former Wisconsin swimmers eyeing trip to Rio Olympics

first_imgIt was the 2012 United States Olympic Trials for swimming in Omaha, Nebraska, and University of Wisconsin swimmer Michael Weiss was having a breakout summer before his final year as a student athlete.His breakout summer, however, was not enough to get him to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He finished fifth in the 400-meter individual medley that year. But what that placing did do, was give him the confidence to continue to pursue his goal. This time, he had no doubt that the Olympics were within reach.What was once a dream, had now become a reality.“I just put belief in myself and just had that extra leap of confidence, knowing that I am better than the person next to me every time I am racing someone,” Weiss said. “Every day at a meet I know that this is my race to win, this is my spot to gain.”Now, Weiss, along with fellow former UW swimmer Ivy Martin are in a position to potentially compete on a swimmer’s biggest stage at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in August.For Martin, who was a student athlete at Wisconsin from 2011-15 and just graduated last May, she didn’t see the possibility of swimming in the Olympics as being a realistic goal going into school. It wasn’t until halfway through her college career that she realized it was attainable.By that time, she was receiving plenty of All-Big Ten and All-American honors for her performance in the pool, and it was time for her to next do what she believed she could accomplish to the next level.“I didn’t know I was going to swim an extra year and try to make the Olympic team, but with my improvement in college, it kind of became more realistic,” Martin said. “It’s pretty surreal, just thinking about the opportunity to actually go to Rio.”Both swimmers have spent the past few months training at Wisconsin with both the university’s swim team and the United States’ national team, as the Olympic trials approach in late June.Both swimmers have been very excited about coming back to UW to train with their former college team. These young student athletes continue to push them every day.“It’s been great because I love the energy and the atmosphere of training with the college team,” Weiss said. “We have the young guys, the up-and-comers, that are getting fast and they have so much energy day in and day out, and that’s great for me.”Weiss has had plenty of experience swimming on a national level, as he was named to the U.S. national team in 2012. But for Martin, this is something completely new, and it has been a major life adjustment.Just one year ago, she was preparing to graduate from college.“It’s a huge lifestyle change for me, just not having that same routine that I had for the four prior years of going to class, doing homework,” Martin said. “I’ve had to figure out the daily routine that’s worked for me where I’m not too sedentary between practices, but also not driving myself crazy by only focusing on swimming.”Now, according to both Weiss and Martin, a lot of the hard work is out of the way. They have a few more weeks of hard training, and then they will get ready for trials by starting to focus on the little things that need fine tuning.The closer that time comes, every little bit of rest helps. Martin even said that she will have to make sure she isn’t walking too much as she recovers from practice to practice.“It’s just focusing on the details like nutrition and getting enough sleep, making sure I recover so I’m able to perform at each practice,” Martin said. “The closer we get, the more I’ll have to focus on that stuff.”The hope is that all the hard work and preparation pays off for the swimmers. While they are fighting for their own pride, they are also fighting for the pride of their alma mater.Wisconsin has not sent a swimmer to the Summer Olympics since 2004, the only year the a woman swimmer has gone. While junior Matt Hutchins has already qualified for the New Zealand National Team, both Weiss and Martin remain driven to live out their dreams by representing the United States.UW student athlete swims toward Rio OlympicsWhen you see Matthew Hutchins, a junior majoring in history at University of Wisconsin, walk out of the Wisconsin Historical Read…“That’s been in my mind for a while,” Weiss said. “When I was a student here, it was my dream. It’s been the goal to just be able to come here, be a Badger and then be able to go represent Wisconsin in the Olympics.”last_img read more