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

Mass docs and clinics start scheduling H1N1 vaccines for high risk groups

Check here from latest clinics: From Masspro.org Nov. 12: WBUR asks: Has Swine Flu Peaked in Mass? The NYTimes had a story in September predicting it would peack in October. The state comes out with its new numbers tomorrow. New CDC numbers: CDC estimates that between 14 million and 34 million cases of 2009 H1N1 … Continue reading Mass docs and clinics start scheduling H1N1 vaccines for high risk groups

“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

Getting an H1N1 flu shot in Massachusetts

11/27 More shots arriving but number of flu cases leveling off. Check with your doctor or http://flu.masspro.org to find out when vaccines will be available.  From 11/27 weekly flu report: Massachusetts has now received more than 1.2 million H1N1 doses. As we move into December, we expect that there will continue to be regular shipments with significant amounts of … Continue reading Getting an H1N1 flu shot in Massachusetts

Misinformation about single-payer in AP story

This bit of misinformation appeared in an Associated Press story in my morning paper, The Boston Globe.  Rep., Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. Weiner "is one of dozens of Democrats who favor creation of a so-called 'single payer' approach under which the government would take over the health care system." For the record, under the single-payer health care … Continue reading Misinformation about single-payer in AP story

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