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FDA advisory panel recommends FluMist approval for young children

first_imgMay 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel unanimously agreed Wednesday that FluMist, a nasal spray vaccine against seasonal flu, is safe and effective in children 2 years of age and older.The live-virus vaccine, which is manufactured by Gaithersburg, Maryland–based MedImmune, is already FDA-approved for 5- to 49-year-olds. The company has filed a supplemental biologics licensing application (sBLA) to expand its use to children younger than 5.In a 15-0 decision, the panel of outside experts supported the vaccine’s use for children 2 and older who do not have a history of wheezing. The FDA, which is expected to make a decision by the end of May, is not required to follow the panel’s recommendations.”The question remaining is how the FDA ultimately will rule on children under 2,” said MedImmune’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Edward Connor, according to an Associated Press report.The panel voted 9-6 for the vaccine’s safety and benefits for children between 12 to 59 months without wheezing history and 12-3 against using the nasal spray in children between 6 to 23 months, according to a MedImmune press release.”The vote did demonstrate that there is a safety concern among a significant minority of the advisory committee,” Florence Houn, FDA deputy director of the office handling MedImmune’s application, told the Washington Post. “We do have to be careful about this respiratory adverse event profile and make sure we understand it.”A recent international study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed children between 6 and 11 months who received FluMist had more hospitalizations and slightly more wheezing than those who got the standard vaccine, CIDRAP News reported in February. However, the same study, which was conducted in the 2004-2005 flu season, revealed 55% fewer cases of flu in the children who received the FluMist.CIDRAP Medical Director Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends vaccination for children between 6 and 59 months because they have an increased risk for influenza-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Having a vaccine that is not a shot could enhance vaccination rates, Moore said.”It’s more tolerable to younger children,” she noted. “If FluMist is approved for this age-group, it would probably improve compliance to the CDC recommendation.”Currently only injectable inactivated vaccines are available for this group.FluMist vaccine has been on the market since 2003. It is effective against influenza A and B viruses; side-effects of the vaccine based on results from placebo-controlled clinical trials have included runny nose, sore throat, cough, headache, and chills.In January, the FDA also approved a refrigerated formulation of FluMist (previous formulations had to be frozen), which will be available for the 2007-2008 flu season, according to MedImmune.British company AstraZeneca is scheduled to acquire MedImmune in June in a $15.6 billion sale.See also:MedImmune Press ReleaseFeb 16, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Large study supports FluMist use in toddlers”2007 New England Journal of Medicine article [Abstract]last_img read more

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Three Wellington men to serve 30 days in jail for vandalism spree in January

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three of the four Wellington men charged in the Jan. 31 vandalism of 21 downtown Wellington properties will serve at least 30 days in the county jail.Eli Schmideler, 25,; Dylan Pacchelli, 21; and Cyrus Cunningham, 21, all of Wellington have pled guilty to criminal damage to property; and must pay restitution of $5,698 to several downtown property owners.“It is my hope that people will realize that if you are going to vandalize downtown property or commit a similar offense, you will be spending some time in jail,” said Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. “Hopefully, we will have fewer similar crimes in the future.”A fourth person involved in the crime, Eugene McCormick, 21, of Wellington is still at large and has an outstanding arrest warrant.“I am asking help from the public in notifying us of the whereabouts of Mr. McCormick,” Spencer said.The three adults made the out-of-court plea agreement on Sept. 4. They were each sentenced to one year in the county jail with probation to be granted only after they served 30 days in the county jail.The incident took place on a Friday at 4:45 a.m. when the boys allegedly went to Wellington Wal-Mart and purchased cans of spray paint and markers to use to deface buildings and other property in Wellington. McCormick, Schmeidler, Cunningham and Pacchelli were accused of painting and writing on the building walls – inside and outside buildings.Three of the four admitted to entering the unoccupied “Old Smith Building” or Glasco building at 102 S. Washington owned by Karl Braddick of Dallas. They allegedly passed through the fenced off area and went inside through an unlocked door. Once there, they allegedly painted on the walls inside the building. The estimated cost to repair these walls was $1,255, according to the criminal complaint docket.The four also allegedly spray painted garage doors and building at a Tom McAlister building at 112 S. Washington which would cost $829 to remove or cover up.The list of other vandalized properties included:Security State Bank, 101 N. Washington – $100.Allison Rusk, 116 W. Lincoln, $100.Shawn Weaver, 214 S. Washington, $100.Mariah Prit, 112 E. Lincoln, $50.American Legion, 124 W. Lincoln, $465.Jan Spivak, 107 W. Lincoln, $100.Floor Mart, 106 S. Washington, $100.Security State Bank Drive Thru, $100.Kim Brayant, 111 N. Jefferson, $100;Security First Title, 116 E. Harvey, $100;City of Wellington, 208 N. Washington, $40;Gatehouse Media/Wellington Daily News, 115 W. Harvey, $50.Carter Green, 110 W. Harvey, $840;Rural Truck service, 114 W. Harvey, $50;Ron Church, 210 S. Washington, $285;Renn & Co. (Greg Renn), 209 S. Washington , $50;John T. Stewart,II, 202 S. Washington, $50;Chad Renn, 122 E. Harvey, $0; and Tom McAllister, 110 E. Lincoln, $585.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (11) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -35 Vote up Vote down Guest · 309 weeks ago Wow! Glad they put these hardened criminals in jail!! Who knew that graffiti was such a danger to society?! By the way, how much has this all cost us taxpayers to go ‘hard-core’ on some graffiti?? I would much rather my tax dollars be spent on arresting, prosecuting and jailing drunk drivers, druggies, pedophiles, rapists, and murderers. Good thing Wellinghole is a small spot in the road, because if it was a city of any size, all the courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement would get done is go after graffiti artists! Meanwhile, our esteemed county attorney and our court system doesn’t think twice about a slap on the wrist for drunk drivers, drug users, drug pushers, rapists, murderers, and pedophiles. In fact, wasn’t it just last week that I read on this site about a criminal being let go due to a hospital stay and then he vamoosed on the county attorney’s office, and he is still at large??? Hmmm, glad Spencer has his priorities straight. Graffiti artists=hardened criminals and a danger to society. Drunks, druggies, rapists, murderers, and pedophiles=just misunderstood individuals that deserve as many chances as they need. However, I can’t lay all this on Spencer….evidently, a select few in this town “help” the county attorney’s office decide whether graffiti is more dangerous to society than the other mentioned offenses. If you ever want to be taken seriously Wellington, get real and focus on the bigger picture instead of always wallowing in the petty stuff. smh Report Reply 3 replies · active 309 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Credence · 309 weeks ago Guest, I assume you would have no problem with some “graffiti artists” coming to your place and doing a little creative art work on your property. The act of vandalism or destruction of private/public property is unlawful, plain and simple. If we overlook this “art” and do not prosecute the offenders, how long will it be before they move to committing something a little more violent? Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Charlotte Brooks · 309 weeks ago Petty to some but not petty to the person that has to pay out of their pockets with their hard earned money to fix the issue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Redress · 309 weeks ago Guest grow up. If it was my property that was defaced I would want the person caught and it paid for by that person. Hope your house don’t get any graffiti, you can pay for it yourself. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 309 weeks ago And for the love of Pedro….please STOP referring to these thugs as boys! Report Reply 1 reply · active 309 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down no paint please · 309 weeks ago Guest I would imagine that possibly alcohol and drugs may have been a contributing factor in this case…lord forbid we prosecute grown men for doing almost six thousand dollars in damage. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Guest 1 · 309 weeks ago It seems to me guest has issues more with Spencer than the case itself. I’m sure there is story that goes with that. A crime is a crime you catch em you prosecute em. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Earthquakes continue to rock Nicaraguas Pacific coast

first_imgRelated posts:Magnitude-4.4 quake rattles Nicaragua and El Salvador Magnitude-4.3 earthquake shakes Nicaragua Seven temblors jolt Nicaragua over the weekend Nicaraguan officials on alert for seismic activity Monday morning at 9:12 a.m., amagnitude-5.0 earthquake shook Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website. There were no reports of injuries or damages.Today’s temblor originated in the same location as the magnitude-6.5 earthquake that rocked the Central American country at 11:34 a.m. on Saturday morning. Residents in Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador also felt the strong quake that originated 31 miles off Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, reported Global Post and The Associated Press.Nicaraguan authorities declared a tsunami alert as a precaution following Saturday’s quake, but the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did not expect a “destructive Pacific-wide tsunami,” according to Reuters. Authorities attributed one death from a heart attack and minor damages to some public buildings to Saturday’s temblor. Today’s quake was the largest of 35 smaller aftershocks following Saturday’s seismic activity, reported the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, according to the Nicaragua Dispatch. AFP contributed to this story. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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