Two new strains to be used in 2006-07 flu vaccine

first_imgMar 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Global and US health authorities have recommended two new influenza virus strains for use in the flu vaccine for the 2006-07 season.Last week the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) selected a “Wisconsin” strain of influenza A(H3N2) and a “Malaysia” strain of influenza B for next season. They will replace a “California” strain of H3N2 and a “Shanghai” strain of influenza B used in the current vaccine.The “New Caledonia” strain of influenza A(H1N1) virus used in this year’s vaccine should be used again next season as the third component of the trivalent vaccine, the ACIP said. (The strain’s full name is A/New Caledonia/20/99[H1N1].)The ACIP, which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), followed recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in picking the strains. The CDC routinely follows the ACIP recommendations on flu vaccines.Each February the WHO assesses the flu virus strains in circulation before picking the strains for the next Northern Hemisphere flu season. In a Feb 14 report on its recommendation concerning the H3N2 strain to be used, the WHO said, “Many recent isolates were antigenically similar to the current reference virus, A/California/7/2004, but an increasing proportion of recent viruses was more closely related to A/Wisconsin/67/2005.”Likewise, the WHO said the majority of recent influenza B isolates were similar to the strain B/Malaysia/2506/2004, rather than to the B/Shanghai/361/2002 strain used in this year’s vaccine. The Malaysia strain is antigenically equivalent to B/Ohio/1/2005, according to the CDC.A year ago, health authorities picked only one new strain for the 2005-06 flu vaccine, keeping the other two the same. According to a recent Reuters report, a spokesman for a leading vaccine manufacturer said changing two of the strains in next season’s vaccine may make production less predictable.”It does put more uncertainty into the total number of doses you’re producing at any one time,” Albert Thomas, director of vaccine manufacturing for Sanofi Pasteur, was quoted as saying. His company has been the biggest supplier for the US market in recent years.The strains to include in each season’s vaccine must be chosen early in the year because it takes roughly 6 months to produce the vaccine. The viruses used in vaccines are grown in chicken eggs.The WHO report said global flu activity from October 2005 through January 2006 was low compared with recent years. Several countries had outbreaks of H3N2 influenza, but H1N1 and B viruses caused only scattered cases in most countries, the agency said.See also:Feb 23 CDC news release on ACIP actions, including flu vaccine recommendation report on recommendation for 2006-07 vaccine 17, 2005, CIDRAP News story “FDA approves adding new strain to flu vaccine”last_img read more

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of No. 13 Miami

first_imgMalachi Richardson – Davon ReedCreate bar charts Facebook Twitter Google+ Team ComparisonSyracuse vs. Miami Create bar charts Trevor Cooney – Sheldon McClellan Create bar charts Overview Player ComparisonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMichael Gbinije – Angel RodriguezCreate bar chartscenter_img Related Stories Beat writers predict Miami to hand Syracuse its 2nd conference lossSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 13 MiamiWhy Syracuse’s big lineup could be a factor at No. 13 MiamiSyracuse basketball stat of the day Published on January 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettus Tyler Roberson – Kamari Murphy Create bar charts Dajuan Coleman – Tonye JekiriCreate bar chartsBig NumbersMiami has lost just one game all season. The loss came on Nov. 27 against Northeastern. The Hurricanes fell, 78-77, at home, but have won six straight games since then.The Hurricanes are averaging 19.4 made free throws per game. Miami is shooting 77.4 percent from the charity stripe and has made at least 19 free throws in all but two of its games this season. The Hurricanes made just seven free throws — its lowest total of the season — in the loss to Northeastern. Commentslast_img read more