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

Broncos’ Elway building around his quarterback for a change

first_img___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — For the first time in four years, John Elway didn’t spend his offseason analyzing quarterbacks ad nauseam. He’s set at QB at long last with second-year pro Drew Lock, who won four of his five starts last season, his only loss coming in the snow at Kansas City.“It feels a little better … without having to worry about that position,” Elway said as he prepared for the NFL draft, in which half of the Denver Broncos’ 10 picks are in the top 100. April 16, 2020 With in-person visits forbidden, NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe. Fangio said scouts and college personnel appraisers are fond of suggesting that nine-tenths of the evaluation of a player is based on what he did in college, with just 10% coming off the NFL scouting combine, college pro days and personal interviews.“This is the year that it’s really put to the test,” Fangio said. Associated Press “We still have enough needs on both sides of the ball that I think the best player will still be the philosophy used for the most part,” coach Vic Fangio said. Although Elway wouldn’t be averse to grabbing a passer in the latter rounds, the turnstile at quarterback in Denver has finally stopped.“We’re thrilled the way Drew finished, finished 4-1. I think where we sit right now there is no question that Drew is the guy,” Elway said, adding, “We’re always going to try and surround the quarterback with people that he can be successful with and also protect him.”Here are some other things to keep in mind as Elway enters his 10th draft:DEFENSE FIRSTcenter_img Broncos’ Elway building around his quarterback for a change Elway has selected a defensive player with his first draft pick six times in his nine drafts. The outliers: QB Paxton Lynch in 2016, LT Garett Bolles in 2017 and TE Noah Fant last year. Lynch was a bust and Bolles has been flagged 46 times in 48 games, but Fant looks like a gem after a solid rookie season.Elway demurred when asked if he plans to exercise Bolles’ fifth-year option: “Don’t know yet. We’re going to wait until after the draft on Bolles.”PLAYOFF DROUGHTThe Broncos are counting on a third straight solid draft class to help them end a four-year playoff drought, something that became a tad easier when the league voted to add another wild-card team in each conference to the Super Bowl chase. “Yeah, we’re close,” Elway said. ”… the last couple of drafts have been pretty successful and so you know we’ve got to keep building on that. I’m excited about (having) a bunch of picks again this year and so if we do the right things, and if the young guys get better … then we’ll have a chance to get competitive.” FILM STUDY While stressing that Lock has “a long way to go” Elway said he feels he’s finally found a worthy successor to Peyton Manning, who retired four years ago.“Now is the fun part of trying to fill around him,” said Elway, who began that task with the free agent signings of O-lineman Graham Glasgow, running back Melvin Gordon, tight end Nick Vannett and backup QB Jeff Driskel.It continues in the draft. The Broncos own the 15th overall selection in the first round.The Broncos’ biggest needs are fortifying the front line and giving Lock more targets, necessities that intersect with two of the draft’s deepest positions.A wide receiver class like none other could land Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III or Jerry Jeudy in Denver, or Elway might take a tackle if the likes of Georgia’s Andrew Thomas is there at 15.last_img read more