In many cities and towns across Massachusetts, local public health and school officials are working together on various ways they might use school facilities to adminster flu vaccine to students. Yesterday, CDC released a very useful series of tools and resources to help in that planning process. There's a whole range of materials and templates here for everyone who might be involved in planning for school-based vaccination — from state and local public health leaders, to educational staff and school nurses.
More guidance documents are expected from CDC this week, this time related to H1N1 (swine) flu planning for small businesses. Keep an eye on this space for more details.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014