July 03, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf recuerda a los residentes de Pennsylvania: “Las máscaras son obligatorias” Español, Press Release, Public Health “Las máscaras son obligatorias al salir de casa”, recordó hoy el Gobernador Tom Wolf a los residentes de Pennsylvania.“Especialmente cuando comienza el fin de semana largo del 4 de julio, es vital que todos recuerden que las máscaras son obligatorias y deben usarse al salir de casa”, dijo Wolf. “El virus no se ha ido y el uso de máscaras es un esfuerzo de mitigación obligatorio que sabemos que funciona para detener la propagación”.La Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine firmó una orden que obliga a usar máscaras el miércoles pasado. Permanece vigente.Las preguntas frecuentes sobre la orden sobre el uso de máscaras se pueden encontrar aquí.View this information in English.
Fatawu, who has top scored for Kotoko in the NC Special Tier 1 Competition, played the first half of the team’s friendly match loss to Namibia on Sunday. Asante Kotoko forward, Abdul Fatawu Safiu , says he is ready to get another crack with the national team after failing to to make the final Black Stars squad for the AFCON tournament in Egypt.The team was announced by head coach, Kwesi Appiah, on Monday after a week of the team’s training camp in Dubai ahead of the tournament.Fatawu was dropped together with New York City FC’s Ebenezer Ofori, Majeed Waris of FC Porto, Mohammed Alhassan of Hearts of Oak, and Numancia’s Yaw Yeboah but despite the turn of events, the player wants to do better for another chance in the future.“I would like to thank the coach for the invitation. There were lots of players but I got the chance to make it to the 29-man team. I am grateful and I am not going to give up.I will go back home and work hard and maybe, next time, I will get the call-up. I am not giving up. It is not over. I believe in that I will come back stronger.Of course, I am disappointed with myself. I should have probably worked harder in camp.”
Jun 14 2018A study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows the effectiveness of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine for infants whose mothers receive the vaccine during pregnancy. The “Effectiveness of Prenatal Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis Vaccination in the Prevention of Infant Pertussis in the U.S.” study led by Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, associate professor in the departments of family medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the first to look at clinical outcomes of the vaccine in infants over the first 18 months of life.Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a severe respiratory infection that is especially dangerous for infants and can result in hospitalization or death. It has been increasing in occurrence in the U.S. since 2000. The CDC has long-recommended that children under the age of seven receive doses of the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis) vaccination through a series of shots. The current series of shots are given at the ages of two, four and six months, followed by two booster doses later in childhood. In 2013, the CDC started recommending that all women receive the Tdap vaccine during every pregnancy in order to pass immunity on to the fetus. That recommendation was based on immunological data showing that maternal anti-pertussis antibodies are transferred to the fetus through the placenta, but not on true clinical outcomes, such as pertussis cases.Becker-Dreps’ study reviewed more than 675,000 pregnancies in the U.S. from 2010-2014 and analyzed insurance claims data to identify the receipt of Tdap during pregnancy. Researchers also looked at hospitalizations and outpatient visits for pertussis in the infants through 18 months of age. The clinical outcomes show that the immunity passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy protected the infant during the first six months of life, before the infant completes the full course of the pertussis vaccine themselves.Related StoriesHPV vaccine has led to a dramatic reduction in cervical cancer rates, but Africa is lagging behindMaternal obesity may negatively affect children’s lung developmentIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyThe study found that in the first six months of life for infants whose mothers were immunized during pregnancy, there was a 75 percent reduction of pertussis hospitalizations and a 46 percent reduction of any pertussis cases. Further, the study did not find that infants whose mothers received the vaccine had a less effective response to their own pertussis vaccine series, as has been suggested by some immunological studies.”This just adds more fuel to the fire for encouraging women to get Tdap during pregnancy,” said Becker-Dreps. “A lot of women are concerned about vaccines in general, but you really might be harming your baby by not getting this vaccine.”Becker-Dreps says they also looked at the timing of immunization during pregnancy, and whether or not that played a role in the effectiveness of the Tdap vaccine in infants.”Our results showed that getting it during the third trimester, but at least two weeks before delivery, is best to optimize the benefits of the vaccine,” Becker-Dreps said.The study found that infants whose mothers received the immunization during the third trimester had a reduction in pertussis, while no benefits of the vaccine were observed when mothers received it earlier in the pregnancy. These findings further reinforce the CDC’s currently recommended “optimal timing” of the Tdap vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.This is the third and final study in a series by UNC investigators looking at how many women get the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, its safety and its effectiveness. Becker-Dreps also says that because the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, it is covered by most insurance policies with a copay.Source: http://www.med.unc.edu/