influenza http://ripr.org en Should Unvaccinated Kids Stay Home? http://ripr.org/post/should-unvaccinated-kids-stay-home <p>That depends on your priorities. But first, <strong>here's what's at issue:</strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:18:42 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28278 at http://ripr.org Should Unvaccinated Kids Stay Home? Fine on flu vaccination: "We can do better" http://ripr.org/post/fine-flu-vaccination-we-can-do-better <p>While flu season is technically still here, Rhode Island’s Department of Health has lifted its declaration of “widespread” flu. More on the state’s response to a tough season.</p><p>Department of health head Dr. Michael Fine says he’s pleased that more health care workers and members of the general population got vaccinated against the flu this year than last. But he says the state can do better than 50%.</p><p>“If we had vaccinated instead of 500,000 Rhode Islanders, 900,000 or more, we would have expected to see many fewer hospitalizations and many fewer illnesses.”</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:52:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10444 at http://ripr.org Fine on flu vaccination: "We can do better" Flu in Rhode Island: How bad is it? http://ripr.org/post/flu-rhode-island-how-bad-it <p>If you've got the flu, it's bad. Awfully bad. But is this season any worse than unusual? Are hospitals really being overwhelmed by "skyrocketing" cases in an unprecedented outbreak?</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:29:35 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 7547 at http://ripr.org Mandated flu vaccines?–UPDATE http://ripr.org/post/mandated-flu-vaccines-update <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: As of today, October 5, 2012, the Rhode Island Department of Health has issued a ruling that it will mandate flu vaccines for all health care workers and volunteers. You can get a medical exemption with a note from your doctor, or fill out a form saying you refuse to get the shot but understand you’ll have to wear a surgical mask when interacting with patients during flu season. <a href="http://wrnihealthcareblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/mandated-flu-vaccines/">Link </a>to the state regulation (it’s a .pdf).</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8288 at http://ripr.org