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

‘Back to the Roots’ for HMS Dauntless

first_img Share this article March 24, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today ‘Back to the Roots’ for HMS Dauntless The Glenmallan jetty – next to the Garelochhead-Arrochar road – has been used by Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships for nearly two decades, loading and unloading bombs, missiles, shells and other ammunition (they’re stored in underground bunkers three miles away at the MOD’s Glen Douglas armaments depot).Whilst alongside in Loch Long, many of Dauntless’ sailors seized the opportunity for some adventurous training: skiing, cycling and white-water rafting in some great scenery in Scotland.Her business at Glenmallan complete, Dauntless sailed 34 miles down Loch Long and up the Clyde to Glasgow’s King George V Dock – roughly half-way between Govan and Scotstoun, where the destroyer was built and fitted out respectively.The ship spent four days in the city and although she wasn’t open to the public, a hectic programme of private visits was lined up: students from several schools, and youngsters from a good half dozen Sea Cadet and Combined Cadet Force units, plus members of the Glaswegian branch of the Association of Wrens.In addition, civic dignitaries and other guests were invited aboard for a demonstration of what Dauntless is capable.For the first two months of the year have been taken up with Operational Sea Training – the demanding assessment which ensures all Royal Navy vessels are fit to deploy around the globe.Having come through the rigours of OST off Plymouth, the training and exercises around the UK continue for Dauntless, beginning with the latest Joint Warrior war games which begin this week in western Scotland with more than 30 British and foreign warships. Length152.4m Training & Education Speed+29kn Statusactive [mappress]Press Release, March 24, 2014, Image: UK Navy Displacement8,000 t ‘Back to the Roots’ for HMS Dauntless Range7,000 nm (13,000 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h)center_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: Roots Draught7.4m View post tag: Dauntless HMS DAUNTLESS SPECIFICATIONS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS HMA DAUNTLESSThe Portsmouth-based destroyer has spent the past week or so around the Firth of Clyde – first on the loch, then in the city of her birth for a visit to Glasgow. View post tag: back Complement190 View post tag: Navy Beam21.2mlast_img read more

Is It Safe to Store Your Data in the Cloud?

first_imgIn the late ‘90s, when consumer internet was relatively new, there was a controversy swirling around online commerce: is it safe to use your credit card online? Fast forward to today. Online commerce is ubiquitous, and one of the largest credit card breaches to date recently occurred in Target’s brick and mortar stores. Now with enterprise cloud computing, there’s another controversy swirling: is it safe to store your data in the cloud?As a provider of EMC cloud services—including Mozy and Spanning—and in working to tier our on-premises storage products to an EMC object service, I’m often asked this question. The answer depends upon the level of security deployed by the cloud service.By federating identity and authentication with employees’ corporate authentication service, IT can make access to these services more convenient and more secure. Data should be encrypted in transit and at rest, and customers should have an option to use their own encryption keys. To validate that the data arriving in the cloud is exactly the same as from the point of origin, the service should apply a payload integrity validation check, which safeguards against corruption in transit. And a solid role-based access schema will ensure authorized users can only perform their intended duties. Finally, to respect data sovereignty laws, the service should provide geographical data residency options.Physical access to the data center must be strictly controlled at building entrances by a professional security staff who enforce visitor policies. But even more important is cyber hardening of the perimeter, hosts, and applications. Even one security hole in the perimeter could be exploited to gain access through the intended boundary, allowing access to the high-value servers and data. Steps like ongoing vulnerability monitoring and solid patching practices are essential. Access management is also crucial, and increased security measures for legitimate administrators go a long way in preventing password hacks.The next step in prevention is early detection. Active monitoring provides an ideal air cushion in the event a flaw is exploited. Tools, such as RSA Security Analytics, provide alerts from both unexpected log activity and indicators of compromise within the active network traffic flow. And, in case the worst happens, the service needs an incident response and containment team available 24/7.How does one know that a service is taking these measures? There are self-certification attestations, such as assuming responsibility as a Business Associate under HIPAA. There are also independently certified attestations, such as SOC I or 2 Type 2, ISO 27001:2013, just to name a couple.When it comes to security there are no absolutes, but with the right features, operations and compliance in place, a cloud service can provide the same or even better protection than some on-premises data protection options.last_img read more

Is Zack Wheeler the second coming of A.J. Burnett?

first_imgThere is a third season beyond that which is known to man.It is a season as vast as space and as empty as a Gatorade cooler after a walk-off dinger. It is the middle ground between the Fall Classic and spring training, between old-school and new-school. This is the dimension of signings. This is … the hot stove season.  Oh, and even weirder: Dec. 6 is the anniversary of Burnett signing with the Blue Jays, while Wheeler signed on Dec. 4 with Philadelphia. Burnett left an AL East team for an AL East rival. Wheeler left an NL East team for an NL East rival. Both guys are 6-foot-4. Burnett was drafted by the Mets, Wheeler was drafted by San Francisco — then traded to the Mets. Is your mind blown yet? Have you decided on the red or the blue pill?Burnett and Wheeler comparisons aside, it was a smart signing to bring Wheeler to Philly. GM Matt Klentak did a poor job supplementing the pitching staff last offseason, instead deciding to rebuild the lineup with four big-time acquisitions: Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura. With Joe Girardi at the helm, this team is ready to win now, which means signing Burnett was a no-brainer.I mean, Wheeler. Someone hit the “Twilight Zone” music, because sometimes things in baseball go beyond comprehension, and today we have to consider the following question: is Zack Wheeler just A.J. Burnett reincarnated?MORE: Wheeler shouldn’t be last piece of the Phillies’ offseasonBurnett is alive and well, after all, so maybe not. But after posing the question “Where have I seen Zack Wheeler before?” the answer was clear and convincing.Wheeler is Burnett. Burnett is Wheeler. Finkle is Einhorn. Rosebud was the name of the sled. Maybe there’s some “Space Jam” thing happening here, where Wheeler siphoned Burnett’s talent through a baseball. (“Base Jam,” anyone? Frantically googling “How to sell movie rights.”)The comp isn’t meant to be disrespectful or derogatory; after all, Burnett was a very productive pitcher for a very long time in MLB, even through his inconsistencies. It started with the “eye test.” Anecdotally, there was something satisfyingly maddening in watching both guy’s starts: Wheeler, like Burnett, boasts filthy, wipeout stuff when on. Both guys had stretches where they look like bona-fide aces; both guys also had stretches where they look like they forgot how to pitch. Both guys also dealt with injuries. But beyond the eye test, we have to go to the tangible evidence, and the similarity between numbers through their Age 29 seasons is just eerie:Burnett: 155 games/152 starts, 989 1/3 innings, 3.77 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 7.9 K/9, 2.09 K:BB, 1.287 WHIP, 13.8 bWAR/18.6 fWARWheeler: 126 games/126 starts, 749 1/3 innings, 3.77 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 8.7 K/9, 2.69 K:BB, 1.294 WHIP, 9.7 bWAR/12.6 fWARConsider this, as well: Burnett signed with the Blue Jays at Age 29 on a five-year, $55 million deal, a bit cheaper than Wheeler’s five-year, $118 million deal. But Burnett was with the Blue Jays for three seasons before opting out, and here are his numbers: 522 2/3 innings, 3.94 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 1.284 WHIP. After opting out, he got himself big money from the Yankees, signing a four-year, $82.5 million deal.RIVERA: Braves are busy, but work shouldn’t be done yetAnd here are Burnett’s age 26 through 28 seasons, before signing with Toronto: 3.61 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 1.247 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 112 ERA+, 332 strikeouts.Note: It’s somewhat incongruous to use those same three seasons for Wheeler considering he missed two seasons because of injury, but for comparison’s sake, here are the last three years for Wheeler before he signed with Philadelphia:3.77 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 1.295 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 98 ERA+, 447 strikeouts.last_img read more