Tuesday 5/8 at the MGH museum: Influenza — Then (1918) and Now (2018)”

The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Mass General Hospital invites you to attend its next evening lecture. "Influenza -- Then (1918) and Now (2018)" will be presented by Martin S. Hirsch, MD, of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm … Continue reading Tuesday 5/8 at the MGH museum: Influenza — Then (1918) and Now (2018)”

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#Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.

Massachusetts January 19 report. Provider offices across the US report the amount of influenza‐like illness (ILI) they see in their patients each week during regular flu season.  These outpatient providers’ offices, which include doctors' offices, school health services, and community health centers, are called 'sentinel sites.’  Here we present Massachusetts sentinel site data.  Please note that the data … Continue reading #Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.

Chart: #Flu spike in Massachusetts compared to 2011/2012 season

  From the MDPH and the CDC: Sentinel Provider Surveillance: Influenza-like illness activity Week 51 Activity[1] (representing geographic distribution): Widespread Week 51 ILI Activity[2] (representing intensity of ILI activity): High Provider offices across the US report the amount of influenza-like illness (ILI) they see in their patients each week during regular flu season.  These outpatient … Continue reading Chart: #Flu spike in Massachusetts compared to 2011/2012 season

Infection control: WBUR on MGH hand-washing rap

Sacha Pfeiffer offers a nice bit of multimedia on the silly but effective steps area hospitals are taking to get workers to wash their hands.  She tagged along with the hand washing police, but failed to get in on a bust.   No reggae soundtrack. Instead, I woke up this morning to RN Pauline Albrecht’s  "Cal-Stat" rap. Beware --you'll get "Boom … Continue reading Infection control: WBUR on MGH hand-washing rap

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

Latest Massachusetts flu updates

I can't get them up fast enough. So check in below. As of Thursday early afternoon, the Globe was reporting that the Lowell brothers -- the state's only 2 confirmed cases --did not infect anyone on their little league team. The Globe flu update.    Mass Dept. of Health     The New York Times has a "flu tracker"  map with updates. … Continue reading Latest Massachusetts flu updates