New DPH report: Flu cases on the decline

The state reports that that "although ILI (influenza like illness) activity seems to have peaked and is on a decline, activity is still at a level that is significantly higher than what was seen at the same time during the last two years." From DPH: Confirmed Influenza cases in Massachusetts, October 4, 2009  - November … Continue reading New DPH report: Flu cases on the decline

DPH: More H1N1 vaccine arrives in state, still not enough

From the DPH As of this past weekend, the state has received just over 1 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine. However, this is still less than one third of the total amount of vaccine we have ordered. Each week we receive tens of thousands of vaccine doses in our state but we need hundreds of … Continue reading DPH: More H1N1 vaccine arrives in state, still not enough

“The short red line gets long — Flu symptoms jump in Mass

BHN has been regularly updating an earlier post. But, it looks like it is time to put H1N1 back on the top of the queue.   11/5 New state weekly report: As illustrated in this week's report, we continue to see dramatic increases in the number of cases of Influenza-like illness (ILI) across the state. … Continue reading “The short red line gets long — Flu symptoms jump in Mass

State on back-to-school flu issues

From The Boston Globe Massachusetts health authorities took the unprecedented step yesterday of deputizing dentists, paramedics, and pharmacists to help administer vaccines against both the seasonal flu and the novel swine strain expected to make a return visit in the fall. From Mass DPH: We continue our busy summer of planning for the fall flu … Continue reading State on back-to-school flu issues

Preventing swine flu: How to wash your hands

This morning, my son told me “I’m getting better a washing my hands.”  What he meant was – maybe I don’t have to harass him every morning to do it before he goes out.  Thank you swine flu. But, I pointed out that he could pick up some expert techniques from this morning’s Globe. (Yes, … Continue reading Preventing swine flu: How to wash your hands

The Boston Globe on infectious diseases

A lot of good infectious disease reporting in the Globe today, starting with Stephen Smith's story on a recent case at MGH.    Massachusetts General Hospital waited four days before alerting Boston health authorities that a wave of gastrointestinal illness was sweeping through patients and staff on one floor. The delay earlier this week is an apparent … Continue reading The Boston Globe on infectious diseases

Why do some kids die from the flu?

        Many of my writing students have been out with the flu. Usually they miss a class and show up for the next one tired and bleary-eyed.      They usually don't die.      So, why did the flu kill a lively tween from JP? We don't know yet.       But in recent years, deadly … Continue reading Why do some kids die from the flu?