CDC wants more healthcare workers to get flu shots

first_imgFeb 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations last week in an effort to push the percentage of healthcare workers who receive influenza shots above the 40% range, where it has been stalled for years.Among other things, the agency recommended that healthcare facilities offer free flu shots annually to workers on every shift, monitor flu vaccination coverage regularly during the flu season, and obtain signed forms from those who give nonmedical reasons for refusing a shot.”The new recommendations provide strategies to make vaccine more accessible to healthcare workers and to help facilities better determine coverage rates and the reasons their staff have for not getting vaccinated,” the CDC said in a news release.In the interest of protecting both patients and workers, the CDC routinely includes healthcare workers in the general flu immunization recommendations it issues each year. The new recommendations are intended to help healthcare facility administrators, infection control professionals, and occupational health specialists boost immunization rates in their institutions.Flu immunization coverage among healthcare workers was only about 10% as recently as 1989, the report says. The rate improved to roughly 40% in the ensuing few years, but it has remained “relatively constant” since 1997, it states. One of the government’s health objectives is to raise flu-shot coverage among healthcare workers to 60% by 2010.The new recommendations were prepared by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. They recommend that healthcare facilities:Educate employees about the benefits of flu immunization and the risks of flu for themselves and their patientsOffer vaccine each year to all eligible employees in order to protect them, their patients, and family members and to reduce absenteeismProvide free flu shots on site during all shifts and use strategies such as mobile carts and modeling and support by leadersObtain a signed “declination form” from employees who refuse a flu shot for reasons other than medical contraindicationsMonitor flu vaccination coverage and refusals at regular intervals during the flu season and provide staff and administrators with information on rates by wards, units, and specialtiesUse flu immunization rates “as one measure of a patient safety quality program”The CDC document cites various studies to support most of the recommendations. But it says that the effect of signed declination statements on immunization rates has not been studied. Using such forms, the agency says, can help facilities identify workers “who might require targeted education or other interventions to overcome barriers to vaccine acceptance.” The practice would also help facilities monitor how many employees are offered vaccine.How many healthcare facilities currently offer free flu shots or ask for signed refusal forms is unclear. The CDC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) all said they were unable to provide such information.Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the MDH, said the department sent a flu-shot declination form to healthcare facilities last fall and plans to do a follow-up survey to find out how many used the form.The percentage of facilities that offer free shots “is probably something we need to get a handle on, because of the CDC recommendations and because we do want healthcare workers to get vaccinated,” Schultz said.Researchers have found that the leading reason healthcare workers refuse flu shots is fear of side effects, followed by inconvenience and perceived ineffectiveness of the vaccine, according to the CDC report.The report says that as of January 2005, 13 states had passed laws concerning flu immunization for staff members in long-term-care facilities. But the effects of the laws are not yet clear, because only one state, Pennsylvania, has monitored them, the agency says.Last October the federal government began requiring nursing homes that serve Medicare and Medicaid recipients to offer flu shots to all residents. But the rule did not require vaccination of staff members.CDC. Influenza vaccination of health-care personnel: recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices (HICPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 2006 Feb 9 (early online release) [Full text]See also:Feb 9 CDC news release read more

Murray hopes to help capture Syracuse’s 1st-ever women’s NCAA championship in her senior year

first_img Published on May 8, 2014 at 1:15 am Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 When Alyssa Murray was in seventh grade she went to the women’s lacrosse NCAA national championship. She watched as Northwestern rushed the field, hugging each other after capturing the trophy over Virginia.It was a moment that spurred an obsession for Murray.She started to idolize the nation’s top players. She studied and copied them. And most importantly, she wanted to win a national championship.“Watching them play on that stage,” Murray said, “it was definitely like, ‘I want to be there one day.’”Now a senior at Syracuse, Murray is in many ways like the player she dreamed of becoming. She’s scored 51 goals this year and is fourth in Syracuse history with 193. She’s a former Big East Attack Player of the Year, and a team captain and Tewaaraton Award finalist for the No. 2 team in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere’s only one thing missing from her resume, and her last quest for Syracuse’s first-ever national championship in any women’s sport begins at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday.The women’s lacrosse team has come close. A national championship loss in 2012 was followed up with a semifinals loss last year.But now it’s Murray’s last chance.“It’s more just urgent,” Murray said. “You’ve got to do it now. You’ve got to put the extra work in now if you want to see it pay off down the road. There’s only a month left.”Murray has gradually changed her offensive mentality to help the team, illustrated by her decreased scoring numbers. Two seasons ago, she was the nation’s leading scorer. Last year, she was the Orange’s leading scorer.But as sophomore attack Kayla Treanor has developed into possibly the nation’s most prolific offensive player this season, Murray has looked to feed more often and currently leads the team with 37 assists.“I think she’s helped to change the culture of the program,” Treanor said. “She makes everyone here better. Playing next to her, I think it’s really helped me and improved my game.”Even as she’s altered her offensive approach, Murray has not lost the capability to step up when needed.With Syracuse down three goals with under five minutes to play against No. 11 Loyola on Saturday, Murray twice found the back of the net to give Syracuse hope in the waning moments.And now the Orange may need that from Murray more than ever as the postseason begins and opposing defenses hone in on Treanor.“Since she showed up on campus, she wanted to be the best,” SU head coach Gary Gait said . “She worked at it every day.“We’re hoping we can get it done this year.”Since there’s no professional women’s lacrosse league, this is Murray’s last chance to compete in the sport she loves.She said she plans on entering the coaching ranks after this season ends, but isn’t looking past the goal of capturing that elusive national championship.“I don’t have a lot of time left here,” Murray said. “And no matter where my lacrosse career takes me past college, it’s nothing like a national championship.”It’s a goal that’s been on Murray’s mind since she was just a little girl, and she’s been on the cusp of accomplishing it twice before.Now there are just four wins between Murray defining a career and Syracuse defining a program.“You watch other people raise the trophy up and it’s not you and it’s not a good feeling,” Murray said. “I think that’s the motivation. You want to be the one in the center of the field hugging your teammates with smiles instead of tears.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Drama in Stuttgart as Bayern go 11 points clear

first_img“Sven Ulriech is worth his weight in gold to us,” said relieved Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, whose side host Borussia Dortmund in the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday.“If the players rest and free their heads, I am confident we can beat Dortmund again.”Bayern were frustrated by Stuttgart until Heynckes threw Mueller on for the final 25 minutes.The Germany international delivered when Stuttgart made a rare mistake, allowing him to smash home unmarked from the edge of the area.And Ulreich, back in goal after a groin strain, was the hero as he dived to save Akolo’s penalty after the video assistant referee confirmed Niklas Suele made contact with Santiago Ascacibar’s knee in the area.Brazilian defender Naldo scored in the 95th minute to snatch a 2-2 draw for second-placed Schalke at Eintracht Frankfurt, as they fought back from two goals down late on to extend their 11-match unbeaten run.“In terms of our mentality, we were very good,” said Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco.“We always believe in ourselves and push each other – the way this team has developed is super.”Having also scored a last-gasp equaliser when Schalke came from four goals down to sneak a 4-4 draw at arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund last month, Naldo again rescued the Royal Blues’ undefeated run in Frankfurt.Eintracht went ahead when Luka Jovic scored with just two minutes gone and then went 2-0 up 24 minutes from time when Sebastien Haller came on to drive in their second.Breel Embolo pulled a goal back for Schalke before Naldo hammered home from a speculative long ball to delight travelling fans and keep his team second.– Dortmund snatch win –Teenager Christian Pulisic, voted US Soccer’s Male Player of the Year for 2017 on Thursday, capped a great week by firing Borussia Dortmund up to third with the winning goal in a 2-1 home victory against Hoffenheim.Pulisic’s 89th-minute strike ended Dortmund’s miserable run of seven games without a win at Signal Iduna Park dating back to September.Hoffenheim took the lead when they attacked down the right and Mark Uth tucked away his ninth goal of the season in the first half.Dortmund got level again when Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa was fouled in the area and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drilled home the resulting penalty on 63 minutes for his 13th league goal of the season.Pulisic then benefited from Kagawa’s great work in attack to tap home just before the final whistle.“We were lucky to get the second goal, the boys tried everything and threw the kitchen sink at them,” said head coach Peter Stoeger.The win was Dortmund’s second in a row under new boss Stoeger, who replaced Peter Bosz last Sunday, while Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim dropped to seventh.“We were too passive in the second half, but we didn’t deserve to lose that and had the clear goal chances,” said Nagelsmann, who is widely tipped to replace Stoeger at Dortmund next season.There was more drama at mid-table Augsburg as Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason scored twice in injury-time to claim a hat-trick and grab a 3-3 draw against Freiburg.Finnbogason’s treble overshadowed ex-Bayern striker Nils Petersen, who scored twice for Freiburg to make it six goals in his last three games.Not to be outdone, strugglers Mainz also came from two down at Werder Bremen to poach a point in a 2-2 draw thanks to goals by Sweden international Robin Quaison and Swiss Fabian Frei, who equalised in the 93rd minute.Bottom side Cologne finally picked up their first win of the season, 1-0 over Wolfsburg, thanks to Christian Clemens’ second-half winner, but remain 11 points from safety.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000(L-R) Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller, James Rodriguez and Javier Martinez celebrate after Mueller scored against VfB Stuttgart on December 16, 2017 in Stuttgart © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLEBerlin, Germany, Dec 16 – Thomas Mueller came off the bench to score the winner and Sven Ulreich saved a 95th-minute penalty as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday to go 11 points clear in the Bundesliga.Mueller put the visitors ahead with 11 minutes remaining and keeper Ulreich saved Chadrac Akolo’s spot-kick leaving Bayern in pole position to win a sixth straight league title heading into the winter break.last_img read more