APIC seeks mandate for flu shots in health workers

first_imgOct 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In the face of chronic low influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers, the leading US society of infection control professionals says it’s time to require medically eligible workers to either get the immunization or sign a form saying they understand the risks to patients if they skip it.”As part of a comprehensive strategy, we recommend that influenza vaccine be required annually for all healthcare personnel with direct patient care,” the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) said in a policy statement released yesterday.”Organizations should adopt a system in which an informed declination is obtained from employees that decline for other than medical reasons,” the statement continues. “This information should be utilized by the facility to develop improvement strategies for the following vaccine season.”APIC urges vaccination for all medical and nonmedical personnel in contact with patients or patient samples, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, dieticians, religious workers, and cleaning, kitchen, and laboratory personnel.Voluntary programs haven’t workedRecent national survey data show that only 42% of healthcare workers receive an annual flu shot, and the rate has not risen significantly in the past decade, the APIC statement notes. Long-standing recommendations from APIC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national organizations have made little difference.”Voluntary efforts are clearly not effective—it’s time for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to require influenza immunization,” said Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, lead author of APIC’s position statement, in a press release.The policy statement notes that health workers can transmit the flu virus to others before they have any symptoms. Further, it says multiple studies show that 70% of health workers continue to work even when sick with the flu.A multifaceted approachAPIC has strongly advocated flu shots for healthcare workers for years, along with a variety of strategies to promote them, but this is the first time the organization has used the word “require,” Greene told CIDRAP News in an interview.She said the declination form is the major new element in APIC’s recommendation, but emphasized that it should be just part of a broad strategy for encouraging immunization.”This isn’t just a declination that says, ‘I don’t want to get it and here’s the reason.’ It’s an informed declination, where the employee really understands that by refusing to get the vaccine for other than medical reasons, they’re not only putting their patients at risk, but also themselves and their family and the community as a whole,” said Greene, who is director of infection prevention for Rochester General Health Systems in Rochester, N.Y.”This is the idea of active declination—it’s not just a form that’s floating around and you’re supposed to sign it sometime; you actually have a conversation about why this is important for you,” she added.But other measures must be linked with informed declination, she said.There is only limited evidence on how well declination forms work, she said. “But what we see is that declination alone, if you’re not going to employ the other measures, has not necessarily been particularly effective,” yielding only modest increases in immunization rates.For example, her institution used a declination approach last year, but it was not coupled with “a tremendously proactive statement about putting patients at risk.” The result was that the immunization rate increased about 10%, she said.Getting administrators’ buy-inGreene hopes for much better results with a more comprehensive approach this year. “This year our approach is very robust. The administration is encouraging it, the CEO sent a letter to employees, we’re going to post our [immunization] rates weekly. Managers must ensure that employees who didn’t get the vaccine are told of the risks to patients.”Our goal is at least 75% and hopefully higher; but what we’re seeing already is tremendous interest.”Greene said a key part of promoting flu immunization is enlisting the support of a facility’s administration and other departments, so “it’s not just sitting in occupational health.” Administrators can promote the effort by using the flu immunization rate as an important indicator of safety and quality for the facility, she said.In New York state, informed declination has been used successfully with hepatitis B vaccine for healthcare workers, Greene said. “We’ve found that we have a very, very high acceptance rate for the hepatitis vaccine.” The vaccine is offered to direct-care workers when they are hired, and they see it as a benefit for protecting themselves, she added.Some institutions now require workers to get a flu shot as a condition for being hired, but APIC decided not go that far in its recommendation, Greene said.Taking a stronger stanceAs for the timing of the new policy, Greene said a combination of factors was at work. They included many new studies about flu and flu immunization in recent years. Also, some other professional societies had taken much stronger positions on the issue than APIC had.”Some of my colleagues here said it would really help us if APIC had a much stronger statement,” she said. At the same time, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has challenged facilities to exceed the 42% immunization rate.”I think we’re going to see some results,” Greene said. “I think we’ll be surprised and pleased to see that vaccine rates will increase and continue to increase.”See also: Oct 9 APIC news releaseAPIC position paper on flu immunization for healthcare personnellast_img read more

Stay at home, see you soon – TZ Novalja

first_imgCover photo: TZ Novalja So, when we talk about tourism, the narrative is that now is the ideal time to research, discover and plan future travel, ie compile a kind of bucket list.  Although it is not a top production, as in the case of VisitPortugal, it is certainly a compliment for the quick reaction, thinking and effort of the Novalja Tourist Board. It is on this track that TZ Novalja yesterday posted a video on its Facebook profile with the message – Don’t travel now! Stay at home and see you soon!center_img Yesterday I wrote an article on the subject how do national tourist boards communicate in this time of crisis?, In any case, the worst thing is not to communicate, especially in a crisis situation.last_img read more

Digital naming ceremony held for CMA CGM’s 23,000 TEU behemoth

first_img Blessed by father Francis Fang, the vessel was then officially named by its Godmother, Tanya Saadé Zeenny, who wished the ship, the captain and its crew the best of luck on their future voyages with the traditional words “May God bless this ship and all who will sail on her”. Its rotation will lead it to the ports of Pusan in South Korea; Tianjin, Ningbo, Shanghai and Yantian, China; Singapore; Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Algeciras in Europe; and Port Kelang in Malaysia. This line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days. Business & Finance A first-of-its-kind digital naming ceremony was held today for the 23,000 TEU CMA CGM Jacques Saade, the largest LNG-powered containership in the world. The French shipping giant has made the symbolic choice of naming its new flagship after its founder, Jacques Saadé, a visionary and entrepreneur. Posted: about 1 year ago “The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet. This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of 7 years of research and development. While guaranteeing the safety of our crew, it preserves air quality and will be part of our fight against global warming. It significantly improves the environmental footprint of carried goods,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, pointed out. CMA CGM Jacques Saade’s maiden voyage “We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.” unched a year ago, the LNG-powered boxship is the first in a series of nine 23,000 TEU newbuilds ordered by CMA CGM. It features a length of 400 meter, a width of 61 meters and can sail at a service speed of 22 knots. CMA CGM Launches First 23,000 TEU LNG-Powered Giant All nine container vessels will be registered at the French International Register (FIR). They will bear the names of landmark Parisian monuments and other renowned venues and institutions from throughout the French capital — Champs Elysées, Palais Royal, Louvre, Rivoli, Montmartre, Concorde, Trocadéro, and Sorbonne. From #Shanghai to #Marseille, today we attended a unique digital naming ceremony for a unique ship.With the #CMACGMJacquesSaadé, our Group takes a decisive step towards a maritime transport industry that is even more respectful of our environment.Fair winds ! pic.twitter.com/Bcj0WgTh2D— CMA CGM Group (@cmacgm) September 22, 2020 Image Courtesy: CMA CGM The ceremony was attended by Hudong–Zhonghua Shipyard representatives in Shanghai, China, and CMA CGM’s management in Marseille, France. Categories: The CMA CGM Jacques Saade will start its maiden voyage as of September 23rd on the French Asia Line (FAL), CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe. Posted: about 1 year agolast_img read more

Gillette’s East-West Clash features IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks

first_imgPit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. each night. Entry fee each night is $75 for Modifieds and $35 for Hobby Stocks. Grandstand admission for adults is $12 on Friday and $15 Saturday and Sunday. Seniors and veterans pay $8 on Friday and $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Pit passes are $30 a night or $75 for a three-day pass. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded all three nights. All three Modified features are 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events, with $1,000 at stake Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31. The Sunday, Sept. 1 feature pays $1,500 to win.center_img GILLETTE, Wyo. – IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run all three nights during  Gillette Thunder Speedway’s 20th annual East-West Clash. Hobby Stocks run for $250 to win Friday and Saturday and $350 to win on Sunday. More information is available by calling 307 682-8866.last_img read more

Table tennis has justified its status, says NTTF boss

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL Following the qualification of the trio of Olufunke Oshonaike, Olajide Omotayo and Offiong Edem for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Ishaku Tikon, has said the sport in its usual nature has justified its status among all sports in Nigeria. An excited Tikon, who was with the team at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tunis, described the injury sustained by Aruna Quadri as unfortunate, but said this would not prevent the highest ranked player in Africa going to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. H”e said: “I am so happy with the performance of the players because they gave a good account of themselves in the tournaments, which started with the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup. “With the outcome of the first tournament, Nigeria remained one of the top table tennis playing nations in Africa and we are still there in terms of quality.” Tikon was particularly thrilled with the qualification of the players for Tokyo 2020, adding that this showed that the players understood the importance of making the nation proud when it  matters most. H”e said: “I watched all the matches played by our players and I can confirm to you that none of them was easy, but the players showed their class and they were able to pick three of the eight tickets at stake in the men and women singles. “It was unfortunate that Aruna Quadri has to withdraw due to a recurrent thigh injury because he had the chance to qualify. “But based on doctors’ advice, he was asked to rest not to complicate the injury. “But our consolation is that he can make it to Tokyo based on his ranking because he is rated 18th in the world and most of the players ahead of him have all booked their spots at Tokyo. “From the qualification system, 13 players will be selected based on their world ranking and Aruna Quadri is the number one among the expected 13, so we are happy that he has worked hard to get this qualification through his world ranking.” The NTTF boss thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports, particularly the Minister, Sunday Dare, for his unflinching support to the team, while hoping that the players would get the needed support to prepare well for the games in Japan.Tags: aruna quadriOffiong EdemOlajide OmotayoOlufunke OshonaikeTokyo 2020 Olympic Gameslast_img read more

Ayre: 59,000 capacity right for now

first_img With a season ticket waiting list stretching into the tens of thousands, it is unlikely to satisfy the demand for match tickets, but Ayre stressed the proposed new numbers fitted the business plan. “Never say never, people say. I think it is too difficult to answer that question,” Ayre said when asked whether expansion had reached its limit with the latest proposals. “We have great experience from our owners (Fenway Sports Group) who have achieved something similar at Fenway Park (home of Boston Red Sox baseball team) and we are always looking to improve the stadium and you just don’t know where this thing goes over time. “We think the capacity we are aiming for ultimately is around the sweet spot for Liverpool – but that could change. “Sweet spot has a number of points to it: one is the cost to develop and the return on that investment. “If you spend £40million on a stand and you get 5,000 general admission seats, that takes a long time to get that back, so you have to find a solution and other ways to make that return quicker. “The 60,000 capacity as a construction cost feels like the right solution to be able to be sustainable and build the business from, so in that regard that is why we feel that is the right number. “For now we feel we are on the right track and we feel the range of facilities and the quality and authenticity is the right fit for now and years to come.” Work begins on Monday on the £100million-plus redevelopment of the ground’s main stand, which will add about 8,500 seats to the 45,500 currently present. Phase two of the proposals will see an expansion of the Anfield Road end to take overall capacity to just under 59,000. In recent weeks, protests over ticket prices have taken place at Anfield and the fact more than half of the new seats in the redeveloped Main Stand will be non-general admission will have done little to assuage those complaining that ordinary fans are being priced out. The club will meet with supporters’ representatives next week and Ayre is confident they can still keep fans onside. “We built the economic model on the basis of having a range of prices, as we do today,” he added. “We have said all along we absolutely recognise there needs to be some affordable pricing and tickets in the stadium and that is the case today, but maybe there can be more of that. “More importantly for us is people understanding why we increase prices: they have largely increased in line with inflation and, if you look at players’ wages, transfer fees, they are not going down either. “We always want to try to find the right solutions for our fans.” Away from the stadium issue, Liverpool have sent striker Daniel Sturridge to train in Los Angeles for two weeks to help in his rehabilitation from a thigh injury. The England international has not played for the club since August 31. Press Association Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has not ruled out taking Anfield’s capacity beyond the 60,000-mark in the future, but insists it does not make financial sense at this stage. last_img read more

Windies concede ODI  series 2-1 to extend two-year winless streak

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – Not even the return of all-rounder Haylew Matthews and another half-century from captain Stafanie Taylor could spark West Indies Women as they suffered a six-wicket thrashing in the final One-Day International here Wednesday to concede the three-match series 2-1.Choosing to bat first at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the hosts could only muster 194 all out off their 50 overs, with Taylor stroking 79, Stacy-Ann King getting 38 and Matthews chipping in with 26, in her first outing following an eight-match ban for indiscipline.In reply, the Indians made light work of the target, with openers Smriti Mandhana (74) and Jemimah Rodrigues (69) slamming up tempo half-centuries, to get their side over the line in the 43rd over.Matthews snatched three for 27 to put a dent in an otherwise polished performance from the visitors, but West Indies found it difficult to rebound after being hurt by an opening stand of 141.West Indies have now lost 12 of their last 17 ODIs and have not won a series since they beat Sri Lanka in the Caribbean two years ago.They lie seventh on 13 points in the eight-team ICC Championship, which serves as a qualifier for the 2021 ICC World Cup. Hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the standings qualify automatically while the bottom three move into a qualifying event.There was no ideal start for West Indies, crashing to 50 for four in the 18th over, as India seized the early initiative. Matthews gathered an exciting 39-ball 26 with three fours and a six before being unfortunately run out in the 14th over going for a quick single with Taylor, even though replays showed wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia breaking the stumps without gathering the ball.Taylor then anchored two key stands to keep the innings afloat, putting on 34 for the fifth wicket with left-hander Kyshona Knight (16) and another 96 for the sixth wicket with King.Already with a half-century in the first match, Taylor notched another – her 36th – facing 113 balls and counting five fours and two sixes. She was eventually sixth out in the 48th over with the Windies desperate for runs, smashing a low catch back to leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-35).King followed in the next over after punching two fours and a six off 45 balls, bowled off-stump by a slower ball by pacer Jhulan Goswami (2-30), as the last five wickets went down for 14 runs.Left-hander Mandhana, in her first match since arriving in the Caribbean last weekend after recovering from a fractured toe, then took the attack to West Indies in an innings laced with nine fours and three sixes and requiring a mere 63 balls.She was well supported by 19-year-old Rodrigues whose innings came from 92 deliveries and included six fours.Together they raised the hundred in the 20th over as the run rate bounced along at over five runs per over and by the time Rodrigues missed a charge at Matthews in the 26th over and was stumped in the 26th over, the match was long gone.last_img read more

John Terry Admits Missing Mikel in England

first_imgFormer Chelsea Captain, John Terry, has admitted missing Super Eagles’ Captain and former teammate, John Mikel Obi.The Aston Villa captain, who played alongside the Nigerian at Stamford Bridge for 11 seasons where the pair won the Champions League, Premier League, among other titles, took to the social media to reveal how much he misses playing with Mikel. Mikel, who is on holiday with his family as the Chinese League is on break, posted a picture of his two daughters and wrote: “My love bugs.”In his reaction, the former England captain wrote beneath the post: “Looking well old boy@mikel_john_obi, missing ya mate. Send my love to the family (sic).”John Terry is currently recovering from injury and will wish to still file out one more time with the Nigerian skipper, but Mikel has however ruled out a return to England any time soon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Good Neighbors Campaign marks 20th Anniversary

first_imgThe USC Good Neighbors Campaign, a grant program established on the heels of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, marked its 20th anniversary this October.The GNC has spent the past two decades raising over $17.7 million dollars in support of building and sustaining a positive relationship with the local communities around USC’s campuses.Last year, over 5,500 USC faculty and staff members raised more than $1.7 million dollars for the campaign, setting a new record.“The campaign has grown significantly,” said Carolina Castillo, campaign director and executive director of development for USC Civic Engagement. “We have a pretty ambitious goal for the 20-year anniversary.”This year’s goal for the campaign is set at $2 million.“The Good Neighbors Campaign is a signature program for the university because of the impact we are able to have on our community,” Castillo said. “All of the funds and gifts that are collected for Good Neighbors come from university employees, staff and faculty.”All of the money raised by the university’s employee giving program is used to support programs with an emphasis on providing enhanced educational opportunities, as well as those that serve the community through the promotion of health and well being and economic development.The primary objectives for the 20th year of the GNC and onward include an increased focus on peer-to-peer outreach and increasing the GNC’s marketing efforts to broaden the visibility of the campaign. No specific event has been held to celebrate the campaign’s October anniversary. GNC looks forward to thanking donors, however, with a 20th Anniversary commemorative pin and two complimentary tickets to the USC v. Army men’s basketball game on Dec. 28.Student-led organizations such as Troy Camp, Street Law and Young Researchers are among the 50 programs funded by the GNC.“This is an opportunity also for our students to take advantage of their public service work that they are doing with the local community,” Castillo said of the opportunity the program provides in regard to student involvement and the development of civic-leadership skills.Troy Camp is one example of an organization funded by the campaign that relies heavily on the involvement of student volunteers. The student-led youth development group seeks to broaden the horizons of children throughout the local community through long-term mentoring relationships with USC undergraduate students.“For me, the most rewarding part of working with Troy Camp has been seeing the way that some of the kids open up to me and the other counselors. Being a kid is hard, no matter where you come from,” Troy Camp Director of Communication Brad Silling said. “I think one of the biggest benefits of Troy Camp is that it provides kids a safe space in which they’re free to express themselves and just be kids in a positive and goal-driven atmosphere.”The generous contributions from the GNC make up a significant portion USC Troy Camp’s, as well as many other programs’, annual budgets and facilitate the continued success of such programs.“The campaign has given us the opportunity to grow our weeklong summer camp in May, allowing us to take nearly 200 elementary school students in the past few years,” Silling said. “Without the support of the GNC, we would not be able to reach as many students and have such a strong relationship with families in the surrounding community.”last_img read more

NCAA committee chair says SU’s play during Jim Boeheim’s suspension will ‘certainly’ be considered

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The NCAA will “certainly” weigh Syracuse’s play during Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension differently when evaluating the Orange for the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA told The Daily Orange in an email Wednesday afternoon.The statement came from NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee chair Joe Castiglione via NCAA Director of Media Coordination David Worlock.“The committee will certainly take that into consideration when evaluating Syracuse for possible selection into the field, and seeding as well in the event the Orange make the field,” Worlock said of Boeheim’s suspension in the email.Syracuse posted a 4-5 record in Mike Hopkins’ time as interim head coach. Since Boeheim’s return, SU has gone 6-2 with losses only to No. 7 Virginia and No. 9 North Carolina.Currently, the Orange sits at 16-8 overall with a 6-5 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Syracuse has won four games against Top 25 teams but didn’t receive any votes in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll. SU next faces Florida State (16-7, 6-5) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more