This week, we received more good news about the new H1N1 vaccine that's currently being tested. It now appears that children aged 10 to 17 years of age may only require one dose of the H1N1 vaccine, as opposed to the originally expected two doses. The final recommendations for this age group will be released in the coming weeks.
In addition, the CDC has released an H1N1 preparation guide for Community and Faith Based Organizations.People often turn to these groups for information and support, which gives these organizations the unique ability to connect with a wide variety of people and provide them with the information and resources they need. The guide contains information on how to communicate effectively with community members; how to help vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations; ideas on how to partner with local governments to assist in vaccine distribution, and how to adjust activities in ways that will help protect people from the flu.
Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA posted on Apr 23
Registration for the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 20, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA attracts professionals from local public health organizations, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, employers, health …Continue Reading Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA
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