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Influenza and Vaccination Disparities in the U.S.

For the first time in thirteen years, the CDC lists the flu to be ‘widespread’ in all parts of the continental U.S. Since flu season officially began, there have been approximately 60,000 confirmed cases of the flu and the hospitalization rate for influenza has reached 22.7 people/ 100,000 U.S. residents. Here is Massachusetts, reported cases of flu-like illnesses are much higher than last season and are continuing to rise, according to the MA Department of Public Health weekly flu report. The reason for the severity of this flu season comes from this year’s prominent strain being abnormally strong, as well as the persistent problem of low vaccination rates among Americans. This year, influenza A (specifically H3N2) has been the most rampant flu strain. In past years when H3 strains have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: Disparities, Influenza, Older Adults

Risk communication: A balancing act

Risk communication: A balancing act

In public health, a great deal of time is spent “trying to communicate to people what they should be worried about and how to minimize the risks that they might face,” says Nancy Allen, MPH ‘05, Instructor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. This facet of public health is known as risk communication. As Allen notes, public health professionals must pair scientific evidence with public relations … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cancer, Emergency Preparedness, Influenza, Prevention, Zika Virus