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advisory group yesterday recommended against delaying seasonal flu shots, a move that many provinces made after an unpublished study suggested the vaccine might raise the risk of contracting pandemic flu, the Canadian Press reported.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
Liverpool’s exit from Europe may have presented an uncomfortable couple of days for the players, but manager Brendan Rodgers insists it gave everyone a chance to reassess their season. Press Association “When you play as well as we did against Zenit, of course you want the next game sooner rather than later but it wasn’t to be. “We had a period of time to recuperate physically and mentally. The players have been outstanding in training, some of the intensity and quality has been great to see from a coaching perspective. “We’re going into the final run-in now and we really want to push on in these last 11 games. “With the form that we’ve shown, with the Swansea game (a 5-0 victory) and in particular the Zenit game – the performance level against a very good side was fantastic – we just want to keep that going.” Victory over Zenit St Petersburg last week was not enough to prevent the Reds’ last chance of silverware disappearing as a result of the away goals rule. It may be a cliche but it meant Rodgers’ side have to concentrate on the league, and he is hopeful they can bounce back quickly and lift themselves up from a disappointing eighth position. “Certainly it gave us a reflective period to look at the league and focus solely on that, because that’s ultimately where we want to have the consistency,” said the Liverpool boss, whose side have not played since the Zenit match nine days ago.