vaccination http://ripr.org en Measles Resurgence Touches RI; Possible ER Exposure http://ripr.org/post/measles-resurgence-touches-ri-possible-er-exposure <p>Health officials say several adults may have been exposed to a person with the measles last weekend. The exposure might have happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 22nd in the emergency department at Rhode Island Hospital or later that evening in the emergency department at Roger Williams Hospital. Hospital officials say a man later diagnosed with measles presented&nbsp;at Rhode Island Hospital between 3 and 6 in the morning. He left against medical advice. Around 6 pm that evening he went to Roger Williams Hospital with a worsening fever. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:12:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35956 at http://ripr.org Measles Resurgence Touches RI; Possible ER Exposure 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? Flu Now Officially Widespread In RI http://ripr.org/post/flu-now-officially-widespread-ri <p>It was only a matter of time…</p><p>The flu is now widespread in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p></p><p>That means there are outbreaks of the flu in more than half the state. It also kicks into effect a state requirement that health care professionals who have NOT been vaccinated wear surgical masks whenever they’re in contact with patients. The health department reports that flu-related hospitalizations are up as well.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27391 at http://ripr.org Flu Now Officially Widespread In RI Vaccines: Are You Hiding In The Herd? http://ripr.org/post/vaccines-are-you-hiding-herd <p>Herd, as in "herd immunity," the concept being that the majority of vaccinated people protect the minority who aren't vaccinated, a kind of safety-in-numbers for your immune system. But what if the number in the minority starts to creep up?</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:51:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24690 at http://ripr.org Vaccines: Are You Hiding In The Herd? 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"