H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Public concern over vaccine, effective Chinese vaccine, Tamiflu resistance in Taiwan, vaccine option in Canada

first_imgOctober 22, 2009Poll shows growing flu concern, uncertainty about vaccineAmericans are more concerned about pandemic H1N1 flu than they were a couple of months ago, with about 52% saying they are greatly or somewhat worried, according to the latest Washington Post–ABC poll. The number is up 13 percentage points from August. However, only about a third say they’ll get the vaccine, though half said they’ll have their kids vaccinated. Those saying they’ll pass on the vaccine listed side-effect worries and perceived lack of testing as influencing their decision.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postpoll_101909.htmlOct 15-18 Washington Post–ABC News PollSingle dose of Chinese H1N1 vaccine found effectiveIn a clinical trial, a single 15-microgram dose of a nonadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine recently licensed in China was found to induce a probably protective immune response in volunteers between the ages of 12 and 60, according to an report published yesterday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Lesser immune responses were seen with a single dose in younger and older people. The vaccine is made by Hualan Biological Bacterin Co.http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMoa0908535Oct 21 NEJM reportCanada’s pandemic vaccine campaign will have an unadjuvanted optionCanada has purchased 1.8 million doses of unadjuvanted pandemic H1N1 vaccine to use in the youngest children as well as pregnant women and others who might want an alternative to the adjuvanted version, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s adjuvanted vaccine was approved on Oct 16. Officials predict that the unadjuvanted vaccine will be cleared in early November, but they don’t want people to wait for it even though experts say it may produce a more robust response in children under age 3.Doctors report rhabdomyolysis in pandemic flu patientAustralian physicians have documented a rare complication in a patient with pandemic H1N1 flu, myositis, and rhabdomyolysis. They reported their findings in an early online edition of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. According to a news report today about the study, the 16-year-old boy experienced intense muscle pain and nearly black urine 3 days after his flu symptoms began in June when the first wave of the pandemic hit Australia. He recovered after 8 days in the hospital.http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Abstract/publishahead/Melting_Muscles__Novel_H1N1_Influenza_A_Associated.99512.aspxOct 16 PIDJ abstractTamiflu treatment spawned resistance in Taiwan H1N1 caseTaiwan reported this week that the pandemic H1N1 virus became resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) after a patient was treated with the drug. Oseltamivir-sensitive H1N1 was isolated from a 20-year-old man before treatment, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control said. Three days later, after treatment began, an isolate from the man showed the resistance mutation. The man recovered, and there was no evidence that the virus spread to others. His case marked Taiwan’s first report of H1N1 resistance to the agent.http://www.cdc.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=26002&ctNode=960&mp=5Oct 20 Taiwan CDC reportFlu control measures seem to reduce other diseases in BoliviaHealth officials in Bolivia say a massive campaign to promote handwashing to prevent H1N1 flu seems to have reduced the spread of other common diseases, according to a Time magazine report. Dr. Rene Lenis, Bolivia’s director of epidemiology, reported a 10% to 15% drop in incidence of acute diarrheal diseases in all age-groups this year compared with last year. Public health agencies began promoting handwashing when the virus emerged in April.http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1931223,00.html?xid=rss-topstoriesOct 22 Time reportEgyptian capital cuts class sizes to curb flu spreadEgypt’s health and education ministries have ordered schools in Cairo to halve class sizes to slow the spread of the pandemic virus, IRIN News, a United Nations publication, reported today. Children will attend school on 3 alternate days instead of 6 double-shift days, a variation on a long-standing system to reduce crowding. The World Health Organization has said school closures can be disruptive and has recommended that schools take other preventive measures, such as easing crowding.http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86695Oct 22 IRIN storylast_img read more

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Governor Tom Wolf Announces Small Business Advantage Grant Recipients

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 28, 2015 Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that nearly 140 businesses across Pennsylvania will soon install energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects by using Small Business Advantage Grants provided by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This year, DEP awarded more than $980,000 to 139 small businesses.“Improving energy efficiency helps small businesses and helps improve quality of life for all residents,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “These grants will help small businesses, improve the environment and grow the economy.”Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50 percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement projects that will save 25 percent annually in pollution-prevention or energy-related costs.The grants will create more than $2.5 million in private-sector investment in small businesses.“Funding projects like these not only improves the environment, it helps small businesses become more efficient,” Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “I am pleased to support worthwhile projects that make our air cleaner while making our economy stronger.”Examples of eligible projects include high-efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades, high-efficiency lighting to save energy, installation of energy-efficient heat pumps and new auxiliary power units that help large trucks reduce time spent with idling engines.Since 2004, the program has awarded nearly $9.5 million to 1,915 small businesses statewide.For more information about how the DEP supports small businesses or about future grant opportunities, contact DEP’s Office of the Small Business Ombudsman at 717-772-8909 or epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.Below is the list of grant awards, organized by county. Grants have been rounded to the nearest whole dollar.AlleghenyCopper Properties LP – $6,706Danielle Jesensky DMD PC – $9,500Diane Cleaners Inc. – $9,500JMR Operations LLC – $6,150BerksAMR Trading Corporation – $4,212Eagle Brass Company – $7,243Heidelberg Family Restaurant Inc. – $9,500Lacey Electric Inc. – $4,357Lincoln Hotel LP – $9,304BucksBensalem Dental Group – $6,477MAR & SAR LLC – $7,526Min’s Lino’s Dry Cleaning Inc. – $9,500CambriaHopes Villa – $3,030CarbonMaple Shade Meadows – $9,500CentreBakers Construction Inc. – $6,307Chester243 World Domination LLC – $9,500Casmos Liquor LLC – $9,500Deer Creek Malthouse LLC – $9,500Greg A. Vietri Inc. – $3,841Paoli Cleaners Inc. – $9,500Swann’s Pantry Inc. – $6,902The Clean Store LLC – $1,597ClearfieldKurtz Bros. – $9,500Orner Farms Inc. – $9,500Strishock Coal Company – $9,500ClintonDatabit Solutions – $9,500CrawfordFirth Maple Products Inc. – $9,500Starn Tool & Manufacturing Company – $9,500The Tapco Tube Company – $9,500THG & Associates – $7,310Cumberland4550 Lena Drive LP – $8,300Colt Plumbing Company – $5,886Cummings and Bricker Inc. – $9,500Dotrich Enterprises LLC – $5,680Dreamers Transport LLC – $5,700Glace Associates Inc. – $9,500Kidz Quarterz Childcare Center Inc. – $1,117ShedMar Partners – $2,107DauphinDan’s Auto Body Inc. – $3,041IWI US Inc. – $7,576M & D Truck Sales & Service Inc. – $671Nehamarwasafa Inc. – $2,332ElkASMAC INC. – $3,292E Carbon America LLC – $9,500Enhanced Sintered Products Inc. – $4,144ErieGeorgeKo Industries Inc. – $9,500Great Lakes Metal Finishing Inc. – $9,500FranklinBanyan Investments LLC – $9,500Chambersburg Waste Paper Company Inc. – $9,500Franklin Feed & Supply Co. Inc. – $2,887Local Exposure LLC – $4,430Waynesboro Water Works LLC – $2,524JuniataDean’s Store – $3,104LackawannaJohn F. Erhard III – $9,500Mesko Glass and Mirror Co. Inc. – $9,163Naro Enterprises Inc. – $9,500LancasterAmerican Clothing Restoration LLC – $9,500Metzler Mower – $2,788Executive Coach Inc. – $9,500Hometown Provisions Inc. – $9,500Optimal Wellness for Life Chiropractic Center LLC – $9,500LawrenceKnot Korrekt LLC – $4,600LebanonBamberger’s Inc. – $2,533Lebanon Valley Cycles Sales Inc. – $874Rubin Development Associates – $7,765Timothy Bahner Food Corporation – $4,832Umbergers of Fontana Inc. – $4,080Zeigler’s Distributor Inc. – $3,470LehighJC Cleaners – $9,500Spring Cleaners Inc. – $9,500Suh’s Sun Cleaners Inc. – $9,500LycomingHill Terrace Estates Associates – $3,8021st Choice Realty – $7,672MercerMercer Hospitality Management Corp. – $3,165MifflinMonument Square Center LLC – $9,500Penn State Construction J&D LLC – $9,500MonroeBrite Cleaners – $3,964MontgomeryChiropractic Wellness Associates LLC – $9,500Kim’s Bethlehem Pike Cleaning – $9,500David C. Weigle DMD PC – $9,500Five Saints Distilling and International Spirits LLC – $9,500GMS Cleaners LLC – $9,500Jang’s Ace Cleaners Inc. – $9,500Leto Cleaners – $9,500Park’s Glenside Custom Cleaners Inc. – $9,500Boaz Cleaners – $9,500Sang Oh’s Village Cleaners Inc. – $9,500Vetro Molding and Design LLC – $9,500Warminster Frankford Cleaners Inc. – $9,500NorthamptonSmitty’s Collision Repair & Design Center Inc. – $3,273Tencza Dental Associates PC – $9,500Tower Products Inc. – $7,188Bath Mini Market – $1,800NorthumberlandShrawder Financial Services – $4,512PerryThe Market Place – $7,111Susquehanna Trading Post – $972PhiladelphiaChoice Cleaners Inc. – $9,500An’s Broad Street Cleaners – $8,015Suburban One Hour Cleaners – $9,500Stanton Cleaners – $9,500Orange Cleaners – $9,500JMT Family Inc. – $7,000Lee’s Cleaners & Laundry Inc. – $9,500Big Save Cleaners – $9,500Re Vision Architecture PC –$9,500Anton Dry Cleaners – $9,500S. M. & Jake Inc. – $3,250Payless Cleaners – $9,500PikePickerel Inn Inc. – $9,500SchuylkillBrok-Sel Markets Inc. – $5,090Fanelli Warehousing & Distribution Center Inc. – $6,055Tuson’s TV and Appliances – $7,939Twin Valley Farmers Exchange Inc. – $9,200SullivanEndless Mountains Lodging – $5,169SusquehannaResource Environmental Management Inc. – $9,500UnionQ-E Manufacturing Inc. – $9,500SAWCO LLC – $2,793VenangoKlapec Auto Body Inc. – $8,211God’s Little Garden – $3,302Withrup House LLC – $9,500WayneJacem Inc. – $9,500WestmorelandBuck Transportation LLC – $9,500Heirloom Industries LLC – $9,500JMS Fabricated Systems Inc. – $7,052Milton and Sons Trucking – $4,600Rockey Trucking Company LLC $6,150RE Uptegraff Manufacturing – $9,500TJM2 Trucking LLC – $9,500WyomingBruce McKennas Transport – $5,700YorkAirborne Contamination Identification Assoc. LTD – $6,226Golden Rentals LLC – $1,612H & H Castings Inc. – $9,500Joseph DePasquale DMD PC – $8,605Molly’s Washhouse – $9,500S & E Auto Reconditioning Inc. – $2,753York Haven Fabricators Inc. – $4,450Zech’s Service Center LLC – $4,112MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # #center_img Governor Tom Wolf Announces Small Business Advantage Grant Recipientslast_img read more

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