This week, we received some very good news about the new H1N1 flu vaccine that is currently in production. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), it seems likely that adults who receive the H1N1 vaccine when it's available next month will only need to get one shot. Previously, scientists were unclear if the new vaccine would require two shots, a month apart, in order to be effective. The new H1N1 vaccine is still being tested to see if children will need two shots in order to be protected.
The news that the H1N1 vaccine may only require one dose for adults is very encouraging, because it means that much more vaccine will be able to go around once it's available next month.
We continue to stress how important it is for folks who are considered at higher risk to get vaccinated as soon as the H1N1 vaccine is available. These groups include:
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and caregivers of children under 6 months old
- Children and young adults 6 months to 24 years old
- People aged 25-64 years old who have certain underlying health conditions which put them at greater risk of medical complications if they get the flu
- Health care and emergency medical services personnel
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse
A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community posted on Apr 14
When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community