Thursday, October 21, 2004
Delaware to get 15,000 doses of flu vaccine in six to eight weeks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Aventis Pasteur has announced the first phase of a distribution plan to allocate 22.4 million doses of influenza vaccine in response to the loss of half of the nation’s expected flu vaccine supply for the 2004-2005 season. The CDC said it would assure that all states receive at least 50 percent of their original orders. Under this plan, Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) expects to receive nearly 15,000 doses of vaccine in six or eight weeks. The first phase of the distribution plan will immediately provide states with 14.2 million doses from Aventis Pasteur orders. These supplies will be shipped directly to high-priority vaccine providers, including state health departments, hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes and private providers. Delaware’s DPH was one of many state health agencies nationwide that did not receive its flu vaccine because DPH’s order of 22,000 doses was assigned to Chiron, the manufacturer whose vaccine was withheld due to contamination. Aventis Pasteur is the only other manufacturer of injectable flu vaccine that is appropriate for use among high-risk individuals. In Phase 2 of the national distribution plan, the approximately 8.2 million doses remaining will be shipped to other high-need areas around the country. Delaware’s DPH will provide the CDC with state data, which the CDC will then use to determine how much of the remaining vaccine Delaware will receive. DPH continues to work with the Medical Society of Delaware, the Delaware Healthcare Association, Delaware Health Care Facilities Association and the Delaware Immunization Coalition to evaluate supplies. Final numbers are pending. DPH encourages providers to vaccinate high-risk patients only. Residents are encouraged to prevent transmission of influenza by staying home when sick and using good hygiene. DPH continues monitoring for influenza in order to advise physicians to treat high-risk sick patients quickly. Influenza season typically peaks in the United States between December and March. Because each season is unpredictable, it’s not known how severe the 2004-2005 season might be.
Tanger’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
For millions of shoppers, a trip to a Tanger Outlet Center means a fun-filled day of bargain hunting with friends and family. This fall, a visit to Tanger can mean so much more… it can help save lives. Tanger Outlet Centers’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is taking place now through Oct. 31, at 37 Tanger shopping centers in 23 states. For the 11th year, Tanger is supporting the American Cancer Society in the fight to put an end to breast cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer survivors and their families. Tanger shoppers can make a difference in their community by purchasing special Breast Cancer Benefit Scratch and Save Cards. By simply scratching the special box on each card, a shopper will automatically receive an instant discount of 10 percent-25 percent on any single item at any participating Tanger Outlet Center store nationwide. Breast Cancer Benefit Scratch and Save Cards can be purchased through Oct. 31 for only $1 in all Tanger management offices. Proceeds from sale of scratch and save cards will directly benefit American Cancer Society chapters in tanger markets nationwide. “With more than 20-million shoppers visiting Tanger outlets this fall, we have a tremendous opportunity to raise money and also create much-needed awareness about the importance of self-examination and early detection,” remarked Stanley K. Tanger, chairman and chief executive officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. “We are proud to support the work of the American Cancer Society. By working together we can put an end to this terrible disease,” tanger added. According to statistics provided by the American Cancer Society, more than 215,990 women and 1,450 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 40,580 women and 470 men will die from the disease this year alone.

Visually Impaired Group
Seaford Visually Impaired Support Group meets in the activity room of the Methodist Manor House on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m. The next meeting is Oct. 21. The group meets to share concerns, support one another and to celebrate victories that they have had in dealing with life’s challenges. Anyone with a vision problem or his or her care-giver is welcome to attend. There is no charge and the group is open to the public. For more information call Robert Gray at 629-6204.