Canadian advisors push seasonal vaccineCanada’s vaccine advisory group yesterday recommended against delaying seasonal flu shots, a move that many provinces made after an unpublished study suggested the vaccine might raise the risk of contracting pandemic flu, the Canadian Press reported. The panel concluded that even if the finding is valid, the risk of skipping the seasonal shot outweighs the risk seen in the studies. The group also endorsed giving both seasonal and H1N1 shots at the same time.Canada’s H1N1 vaccine production lagsGlaxoSmithKline is expected to ship far fewer doses of H1N1 vaccine to Canadian provinces this week than was expected, prompting provinces to postpone the rollout of the vaccine for at least 2 weeks, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. The company was expected to ship 436,000 doses this week, instead of the roughly 2 million previously anticipated, because it had to interrupt production to make an unadjuvanted version of the vaccine for pregnant women, the story said.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadians-should-expect-depleted-stocks-of-h1n1-vaccine-next-week/article1346246/Oct 30 Globe and Mail reportSaudi Arabia to vaccinate hajj participantsSaudi Arabian health officials said the country will immunize healthcare workers, hajj workers, and domestic pilgrims who will attend the hajj against the pandemic H1N1 virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Vaccination won’t be mandatory. About 1 million residents typically attend the hajj, which peaks near the end of November this year. The country recently received the first 11 million doses of its pandemic vaccine order.http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iCMtbri8Vh4wV9o79q6Siju7ZKKgNov 2 AFP storyTurkey launches vaccination campaignTurkey today launched its pandemic vaccination campaign with healthcare workers receiving the first doses, Today’s Zaman, an English-language newspaper based in Istanbul, reported. The country received its first 500,000 doses last week. The next groups slated to be immunized are the morbidly obese, pregnant women, children younger than 2, those with chronic lung or heart conditions, and people older than age 65.http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-191734-100-turkey-starts-vaccinations-against-killer-swine-flu.htmlNov 2 Today’s Zaman reportAfghanistan closes all schoolsThe Afghan government yesterday ordered the closure of all schools for 3 weeks in the wake of the country’s first death from H1N1 flu, AFP reported. Education Minister Farouq Wardak said the closure was ordered “to safeguard the health of all Afghans.” An engineer from Kabul was the flu’s first victim in Afghanistan.http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?col=§ion=international&xfile=data/international/2009/November/international_November46.xmlNov 1 AFP report
The 21-year-old netted 26 goals last season to help the Clarets to an unexpected promotion and was voted Championship Player of the Year. Ings also won his first caps for England Under-21s and has been consistently linked with a move away from Burnley this summer. Press Association Other Premier League clubs and teams in Europe have been rumoured destinations, but Ings told Clarets Player: “I don’t understand why it has gone crazy on social media and the like. “I signed a four-year contract when I came here and obviously I still have a year left. I don’t feel there should be any panic. I am just enjoying my football and going into my last year of my contract. “As far as I am concerned, Burnley Football Club and the Premier League is where I am, 100 per cent. Everybody knows I enjoy playing for Burnley Football Club. It’s a fantastic family club and I am not looking to leave.” Ings is currently with his team-mates at a pre-season training camp in Austria, and he believes Sean Dyche’s side can hold their own in the top flight. He said: “We were such a fit squad anyway but to come back this year as we have shows that the lads really want to have a right go and mix it with the best players in the world. “One thing I know is we will work as hard as we can from start to finish and just try our best against the top teams, and hopefully we can surprise a few people. “And the way the lads look, and how hungry they look, I think we will do that.” Burnley striker Danny Ings insists he is committed to the club despite only having a year left on his contract.