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In this Sunday's Boston Globe, Stephen Smith's article "A day in the life of a pandemic" tells the story of how the Department of Public Health tackles the complicated and difficult process of disseminating doses of H1N1 vaccine to doctor’s offices, health centers and hospitals across the state. Last Thursday, Smith had the unique opportunity to observe this task he called “equal parts science and art, supply and demand” firsthand when the state received word that we were being allocated another 60,000 doses of vaccine.

The article goes on to further explain the distribution process, highlighting the importance of matching the correct vaccine formulations with the appropriate patient populations. Smith also spoke with staff at the pediatric office of Mass. General West Medical Group in Waltham to get their perspective on the H1N1 vaccine situation.

We encourage everyone to read the article in full at, http://tinyurl.com/bglobevaccine

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