GBH interviews a Brigham and Women's doctor involved in a trial of Pfizer's flu vaccine, which like its Covid-19 shots, would involve lab-built RNA designed to stimulate an immune response, a technique that could speed delivery of new vaccines.
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BPS wants students, teachers and staff to wear masks for the first eight days of school, but won't punish anybody who refuses
Mayor Wu said today a decision will come "soon" on whether to require BPS students and staffers to don mask for the first couple of weeks of school in January. Read more.
On the one hand, our vaccine effort has kind of sucked; on the other hand, at least nobody's getting the flu
A Kennedy School professor gave the medical mecca of the universe an F for its Covid-19 vaccination program so far - a program for which the governor has had to call out the National Guard because all these old people were being forced to stand outside for hours to get a shot in Springfield. Read more.
WBZ reports the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has dropped a requirement that students need to get a flu shot, partly because there has been so little flu this season, partly because it needs to concentrate on getting people vaccinated against Covid-19 rather than on checking flu-shot compliance.
Several parents today sued Gov. Baker over his order requiring all students under 30 to get flu shots or risk getting kicked out of school, saying it infringes on their First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and their rights to raise their children as they see fit. Read more.
Flu shots now required for most Massachusetts students, from pre-school to graduate school; home-schoolers exempt
UMass Boston student is city's first confirmed case of that Wuhan coronavirus strain, as number of confirmed flu cases in state rises to 4,000
In August, 1918, Commonwealth Pier - today's World Trade Center - was a bustling place, with hundreds of sailors arriving there to await their permanent assignments for the "Great War" that the US had entered the year before.
Sometime on Aug. 27 or 28, two sailors reported, yes, flu-like symptoms. Read more.
WCVB reports on the death of the baby this afternoon on Deering Road, near Harvard Street.
Flu-fighting staffers at Beth Israel get down to this. sick. beat.
H/t Nick McNulty.
The Boston Public Health Commission reports an increase in flu and flu-like cases over the last few weeks in Boston.
The Dorchester Reporter reports he was 23.
Stats for last week show Boston experienced the same number of flu cases as the week before - and that ER visits for flu like symptoms actually went up.
Statewide, the number of flu cases dipped from the week before.
City statistics for the week ending Jan. 5 show Roxbury and Hyde Park had the highest percentage of emergency-room visits due to flu-like symptoms while Charlestown had the highest per-capita number of confirmed flu cases. The latest Boston Public Health Commission flu report shows a total of 750 confirmed flu cases city wide for this flu season - 231 of them since Dec. 31. Most are Influenza A with a small number of Influenza B cases.
On Wednesday, Mayor Menino declared a public-health emergency in part because health-care facilities are now at or near capacity. One out of four of the confirmed cases have been among people who had to be hospitalized; four people have died.
Neighborhood health centers are running free flu-shot clinics for Boston residents this weekend and next week.
The city plans to ring the phones - more than half belonging to senior citizens - following yesterday's declaration of a public-health emergency. A transcript:
Hi. This is Dr. Anita Barry calling from the Boston Public Health Commission. Yesterday, Mayor Menino declared a public health emergency because of the high number of influenza cases in the City of Boston.
Residents who have not already been vaccinated against influenza this year are urged to get vaccinated by calling their doctor, or visiting a nearby community health center during a free vaccination clinic.
Why, some are rolling up their sleeves and getting flu shots (although probably not in Somerville) on air. And then shooting footage of their syringes.
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