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advisory group yesterday recommended against delaying seasonal flu shots, a move that many provinces made after an unpublished study suggested the vaccine might raise the risk of contracting pandemic flu, the Canadian Press reported.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
After a weekend sweep of Colorado and Utah, the women’s basketball team returns to the Galen Center to face off against Stanford and Cal. Against Cal, senior forward Kristen Simon recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds. However, it wasn’t enough as USC fell 64-76. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanLast Friday, the team demolished Colorado in an offensive showcase as they pounded the Buffaloes for 86 points en route to a 35-point victory. Against Utah, both teams had trouble scoring the basketball, but ultimately, the Trojans were able to maintain an early lead and took down the Utes, 58-47. Junior guard Aliyah Mazyck led the way in both games, scoring a career-high 29 points against Colorado and led the team again with 20 against Utah. But defense was key in both victories. “I think, this weekend, our defense really flourished,” senior guard Sadie Edwards said. “I think we really executed and disrupted other teams on the defensive end. We didn’t let them get into a rhythm or do what they wanted to do or what they were comfortable doing, so I think that’s something that we can control and carry over to this weekend.”This Friday, the team will welcome the Stanford Cardinal to the Galen Center. Stanford currently sits at 11-7 with a 5-1 Pac-12 conference record. One of their victories came against the Trojans back on New Year’s Eve when they held on to win 72-65. In that game, senior guard Brittany McPhee led the way for Stanford, stuffing the stat sheet with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Stanford outshot USC with a 45.5 percent overall field goal percentage to the Trojans’ 35.5 percent and out-rebounded the Women of Troy 41-31. Stanford is led by the tandem of McPhee and junior forward Alanna Smith, but Stanford has a deep team that can all contribute and have been steady at executing in half-court settings. “Both of [Cal and Stanford’s] games are different so Stanford is really, really, really good at executing in the half court. They obviously play for an incredible coach; they play extremely hard. We watched film and we’ve looked at a lot of the mistakes that we’ve made in that game, so I think we’re really looking forward to getting on the court and just competing,” Edwards said. “I think it’s going to be a good game, I think it’s going to be a great weekend for us and an incredible opportunity.”Then on Sunday, No. 21 Cal comes to Galen Center with a 13-4 overall record and a 4-2 Pac-12 conference record. This game will also be a rematch as the Golden Bears defeated the Trojans 76-64 on Dec. 29. The Trojans were once again outgunned in their previous game against Cal, as they shot 38.1 percent to Cal’s 45.6 percent. The Trojans were led by senior forward Kristen Simon in this contest as she posted a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds but she was matched by junior center Kristine Anigwe with 16 points and 13 rebounds double-double. The Golden Bears sport a deep team, capable of scoring in bunches and with efficiency; Kristine Anigwe remains the biggest offensive threat as she averages around 18 points and is coming off a dominant weekend where she totaled 56 points and 27 rebounds over two games. “Cal also executed really well in the half court against us but Cal has one of the best players in the country in [Anigwe]. We trust our preparation. We’ve learned and we’ve grown a lot even though that was just two weeks ago. I think we’re a lot better now than we were and we’re just going to go out there and compete, play hard.”With an electrifying rout of Colorado last weekend, the Trojans are hoping their momentum can continue against two strong teams in Cal and Stanford. The Trojans’ defense was notable in the past two games against Colorado and Utah. Their disruption and focus helped them stop Colorado’s offense in the second half and kept Utah from cutting into the lead. They will have to key in on their defense to stop Cal’s high-powered offense and Stanford’s deep reserves. “We gave up a lot of transition points against Stanford the first time around, so that’s something we can always control; we can get back on defense, we can stop the ball, we can run the floor harder,” Edwards said. “We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds, which is also something we can control; box out. And there was a few of their actions that we got beat on, we watched them in film, we’ve made an adjustment now, we’ve gone over it today, we’ve drilled it, we have great practice guides that come in and help us going over that so we’ll be prepared for that.”The Trojans will face Stanford on Friday at 8 p.m. and battle No. 21 Cal on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be televised on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Networks.