October 13, 2014

Making It Mandatory

1 Flu Vaccine Requirement for Pre-Schoolers

New York City has joined New Jersey, Connecticut and other states in requiring children in licensed day-care centers and preschools to receive flu vaccines. Rhode Island will enact a similar law in 2015. Evidence suggests that requiring flu vaccinations for preschoolers is effective, say researchers at the Yale School of Public Health in CT where a flu-shot law was enacted in 2010. Mandatory vaccination has a positive impact outside of preschools, says Yale Professor James Hadler. It also helps protect those who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons. Detractors say that because the vaccine in any given year is only about 60% effective, it’s not worth forcing people to get it. The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for all healthy people over the age of 6 months.

More at Www.wsj.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Flu Shots Safe for Kids with Allergies

Tags: Flu Shots, Flu Vaccine, Yale School of Public Health, Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Pre-Schoolers, James Hadler

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Breach in Protocol Says CDC

2 Dallas Nurse Tests Positive for Ebola

A Dallas, TX nurse who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who died there last week, has tested positive for the virus. The nurse, whose name has not been released, was isolated after being admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said the CDC. She wore protective gear while caring for Duncan. Her infection “tells us there is a need to enhance training and protocols,” said CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden who blamed the infection on a “breach in protocol”. The CDC, which is investigating the case, issued guidelines to U.S. hospitals for identifying and treating Ebola patients several months ago when the epidemic began escalating in West Africa. U.S. health officials took pains to reassure the public that they are doing everything to prevent further spread.

More at Www.online.wsj.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ebola Drug ZMapp Saves Americans

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Ebola, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan

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Get Out Your Teal Paint

3 Halloween: Teal Pumpkins for Food Allergies

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make Halloween fun again for kids with food allergies. Participants place a teal-painted pumpkin outside their door. The teal pumpkin indicates that the person living in that house will open the door with non-food treats, such as stickers. The Teal Pumpkin Project is gaining traction, and the goal is very simple: Allow kids with food allergies to enjoy Halloween like their friends. Experts warn that Halloween can be an especially tricky time for kids with food allergies. Parents should understand that some mini-sized products, which are safe in their normal size, may be contaminated with allergens due to being processed on shared equipment.

More at CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe Worth a Million Bucks

Tags: Food Allergies, Food Allergies in Children and Teens, Halloween for Food Allergies, Teal Pumpkin Project

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