Imperfect flu vaccine offered some protection

first_imgAug 12, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Two studies from Colorado show that the 2003-04 influenza vaccine provided some protection even though it didn’t match up well with the predominant flu virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.One study showed that small children who had been fully vaccinated were 25% to 49% less likely than unvaccinated children to contract a flu-like illness, according to an article in the Aug 13 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The other study indicated that adults aged 50 to 64 years were 52% less likely to get the flu if they had been vaccinated.”Influenza vaccine . . . can provide benefit even in years when the influenza vaccine and circulating strains are not matched optimally,” the CDC report states.To assess vaccine effectiveness in children, the investigators retrospectively compared rates of vaccination and medical treatment for influenza and related illnesses in 5,139 children enrolled in Kaiser Permanente Colorado. The study included children aged 6 to 23 months. Illnesses classified as either “influenza-like illness” (ILI) or “pneumonia and influenza” were counted as flu cases.Children who had received two flu shots after September 2003 and at least 14 days before an illness were counted as fully vaccinated. Other children were counted as partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, depending on the number and timing of their shots. By Dec 7, 2003, 752 children were fully vaccinated and 1,388 were partially vaccinated.When they compared fully vaccinated children with unvaccinated children, the investigators found that the vaccine was 25% effective against ILI (P=.052) and 49% effective against pneumonia and influenza (P=.022). However, the partially vaccinated children had no significant reduction in ILI or pneumonia and influenza. The report says the findings add to the evidence that children who have not been vaccinated before should receive two doses of flu vaccine for best protection.To examine the vaccine’s performance in adults, the investigators did a case-control study of people aged 50 to 64 years. The researchers used records from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to identify people who had had a laboratory-confirmed case of influenza in November or December 2003. Controls who had not had flu in that period were recruited through random-digit phone dialing and were matched to patients by age, sex, and telephone area code.The investigators found 304 patients and 1,055 controls who met the study criteria and completed telephone interviews. In the interviews, the participants were asked about flu vaccination and timing and other medical history matters. Half of the patients had medical conditions that increased their risk of flu-related complications.The analysis showed that the vaccine was 52% effective in patients having no high-risk medical condition (95% confidence interval [CI], 31%-66%) and 38% effective in those with a high-risk condition (95% CI, 30%-60%).The report notes that flu vaccine is expected to be about 70% to 90% effective when it is well matched with the major circulating virus strains. The CDC concludes that the 2003-04 vaccine was effective enough to justify recommendations to continue vaccination efforts when there is a “suboptimal match” between the vaccine and the circulating virus.Last December, a preliminary study published by the CDC indicated that the flu vaccine was not effective in protecting Colorado healthcare workers from ILI. The new report says the preliminary study might have been too small to detect low effectiveness against ILI.CDC. Assessment of the effectiveness of the 2003-04 influenza vaccine among children and adults—Colorado, 2003. MMWR 2004;53(31):707-10 [Full text]last_img read more

APG acquires Deloitte data analytics team for sustainable investing

first_imgDutch asset manager APG is taking over the data analytics team for sustainable investing from Deloitte Nederland.APG – the investment manager for the €403bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP – said the takeover would significantly accelerate its use of artificial intelligence and big data for sustainable and responsible investing.Thirteen former Deloitte employees will work for APG in an independent business unit, the asset manager said. Their job will be to identify listed companies that make an important contribution to solutions for climate change, or for problems in healthcare and education.“The technical infrastructure and the team’s smart algorithms are fully operational and are a very good fit with APG’s current investing activities,” said the asset manager in a statement.   Ronald Wuijster, interim member of the executive board of APG Group, said: “We are constantly seeking out innovative and sustainable investment opportunities to achieve the highest possible return at the lowest possible costs.“Using the unique knowledge this team has in relation to big data and artificial intelligence will make us even better at that.”APG said it “invests fully in new technology”, in relation to investments and pension administration. It has a special team that develops algorithms using, among other things, contact history, personal data, pension details, and the online browsing behaviour of large groups of participants.“By combining this information for different target groups, it can be predicted with high reliability when they will contact the pension fund in relation to which topic,” said APG. “These insights are used to proactively approach the pension fund participants, but also to communicate more efficiently and effectively with the participants.”Last year APG and PGGM completed a prototype of a blockchain-driven pension administration system. ABP has aimed to allocate €58bn to sustainability investments by 2020. These are investments in companies, deals or projects that provide “solutions to sustainability challenges”, guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.last_img read more

Bucksport 5K Race Benefits Seventh-graders

first_imgFor more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport “Be a Leader” 5K Race was held on Saturday at the Bucksport Middle School.The field is off in the Bucksport “Be a Leader” 5K Race held Nov. 13 at the middle school. The event was a fund-raiser to help the school’s seventh-graders attend a leadership school this spring.BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport “Be a Leader” 5K Race was held on Saturday at the Bucksport Middle School.The race was a fund-raiser to help the Regional School Unit 25 seventh-grade class attend the Kieve Leadership School this spring.A one-mile fun run was also held as part of the event.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe top 10 finishers in each division of the 5K race were as follows:MaleMike Hampton, 18:32Chris Jones, 18:51John Peckenham, 19:40Forrest Mehlorn, 19:44Rufus Williams, 19:49Tom Kieby, 21:33Robinson Doyle, 21:47Nicholas Jump, 22:20Stan Pelletier, 22:49William Randolph, 23:06 Latest Posts FemaleZoe Olson, 9:43Olivia West, 9:54 Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio admincenter_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Top Two Fun Run FinishersMaleDuncan Steele-Maley, 9:08Thatcher Steele-Maley, 10:22 FemaleAndrea Giddings, 19:54Laura Anderson, 23:29Sally Peckenham, 23:31Jenny Pert, 23:33Margaret Jones, 23:45Jane Hunt, 24:13Cara Pollard, 25:43Lisa Steele-Male, 26:15Lauren Duncan, 26:28Margaret Peckenham, 26:40 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Burgess bow out of Senior Club championship

first_imgA 3-8 to 3-6 defeat by Slaughtneil of Derry means they won’t be going to Croke Park in the spring.Camogie expert Mossie Finn made the long trip to Monaghan for the game.He says the Tipp side could have done with a bit more firepower…last_img