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Flu Declared Widespread in Rhode Island Again; Masking Requirement In Effect For Unvaccinated Healthcare Workers

Providence: Director of Health Michael Fine, MD today declared the flu to be widespread again in Rhode Island. This declaration triggers the requirement that healthcare workers who have not been vaccinated against the flu wear surgical masks during direct patient contact. Rhode Island is seeing a second wave of flu that is even more intense than the first. The dominant strains in this late-season wave have been H3N2 -- which has a great impact on the elderly -- and influenza B. The majority of the 13 flu-related deaths this season have been people in their 80s and 90s. There have…
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This Day In History

Today In History: March 26 1953

Virologist Jonas Salk announces to the public his progress to find a vaccine against polio On March 26, 1953 at 10:45 in the evening on a CBS radio broadcast for the United States, Dr. Jonas Salk talked to a country that listened to him expectantly. In recent weeks the press had picked up optimistic news on the development of his research to develop a polio vaccine. Salk, alarmed at expectations, decided to go to the media directly to clarify the status of his investigations. Although progress had been important and clinical trials were very optimistic there was still no vaccine…
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Health

Different Strain of Influenza Causing Illness in Rhode Island; Elderly More at Risk

An influenza strain, different from the flu strain that is most common this season, is causing an increase in the flu in Rhode Island. This latest strain, H3, causes more severe illness and has a greater impact on the elderly. This year's flu vaccine protects against both these strains of the flu. "If you haven't been vaccinated yet, it is not too late to get a flu shot," said Director of Health Michael Fine, "Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also protects those around you, including senior citizens who are now most vulnerable." There is still plenty of flu…
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Health

Body of Pakistan Polio Campaign Worker Found

Police in Northwest Pakistan found the body of a health worker in a field near the city of Peshawar. Salma Ghani was taken by force from her residence on Sunday by a group of unidentified armed men. According to the authorities, Ghani was tortured and shot several times. Her family believes that she was kidnapped because of her work in a local polio immunization program. It is believed that in the past 15 months that over forty people of vaccination teams have been killed. Islamist militants oppose the vaccination programs because they believe that they are part of a plan…
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