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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Weekly Flu Report, October 29; plus Advice for Pregnant Women Posted on Oct 30

Weekly Report: Download Weekly Report 10_29_09 (Download PDF) We have heard from many pregnant women who have been unable to locate the H1N1 vaccine, even though they are a priority group to be vaccinated. DPH understands your frustration and would like to provide some advice on   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 29; plus Advice for Pregnant Women

More Details About the H1N1 Vaccine Distribution Program Posted on Oct 29

By the end of this week, more than 660,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine will have been distributed to providers in Massachusetts – just the tip of the iceberg of the total 3.5 million doses of vaccine that we expect to receive this flu season. However, to   …Continue Reading More Details About the H1N1 Vaccine Distribution Program

Programming Note: Weekly Flu Report: October 29, 2009 Posted on Oct 29

Just a brief note to look for the next Weekly Flu Report tomorrow morning — the report has been slightly delayed but will be posted as soon as possible on Friday.

Grupos prioritarios para la vacuna H1N1 Posted on Oct 27

Quisiéramos hacer una aclaración sobre cómo se está distribuyendo la vacuna contra la gripe H1N1 entre los grupos de prioridad a través del Estado. Cuando el CDC hizo la lista original de estos grupos, nos recomendaron que si llegase a haber una escasez de la   …Continue Reading Grupos prioritarios para la vacuna H1N1

Grupos prioritários na vacinação contra gripe A H1N1 Posted on Oct 27

Gostaríamos de esclarecer algumas coisas sobre a distribuição da vacina contra a gripe A H1N1 entre os grupos prioritários do Estado. Quando o CDC inicialmente determinou os grupos prioritários, eles também recomendaram que caso houvesse falta de vacina uma nova ordem de prioridade deveria ser   …Continue Reading Grupos prioritários na vacinação contra gripe A H1N1

H1N1 Vaccine Priority Groups Posted on Oct 27

We want to provide some clarification on how the H1N1 vaccine is being distributed amongst priority groups across the state. When the CDC originally outlined these groups, they also recommended that if the vaccine was initially only available in limited qualities that these groups would   …Continue Reading H1N1 Vaccine Priority Groups

To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat, That is the Question . . . Posted on Oct 27

To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat, That is the Question . . .

 Kara Ghiringhelli, Department of Public Health   Kara Ghiringhelli is a Nutrition Education Specialist at DPH Vegetarian diets are becoming more and more popular. For one reason, the recent economic downturn is causing people to look for creative ways to save money. One way includes   …Continue Reading To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat, That is the Question . . .

Flu Shot vs. Flu Mist Posted on Oct 26

We have received many questions about the difference between the H1N1 flu shot and the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine and who can receive each type of vaccine.   The H1N1 flu shot in an inactivated vaccine, which means that it contains killed virus. The shot   …Continue Reading Flu Shot vs. Flu Mist

Statement on Declaration of Emergency Posted on Oct 25

Governor Deval Patrick and health and human services officials in Massachusetts praised President Obama for the declaration of national emergency related to the H1N1 influenza outbreak.  "The President's actions allow us to continue on the path we have been on in response to H1N1; namely   …Continue Reading Statement on Declaration of Emergency

Status Update on Seasonal Flu Vaccine Posted on Oct 22

Status Update on Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Posted by: Commissioner John Auerbach, Department of Public Health This year the residents of Massachusetts and the nation faced the unusual occurrence of two simultaneous types of influenza – both seasonal and H1N1.  This increases the risk of illness for all Americans.  Fortunately, we have   …Continue Reading Status Update on Seasonal Flu Vaccine