FLU VACCINE 2016-2017

 

We have recently received our first shipment of flu vaccine for the 2016-2017 season.

Flu vaccines can be given when you bring your child in for routine care. We will also be administering the flu vaccine at nurse visits by appointment only Tuesday through Friday throughout the flu season. Please call the nurse’s line 781-356-6200 option 3 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment. Please call in the morning to arrange same day appointments; appointments for a later date can be arranged as well.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for children younger than 5 years of age and children of any age with a long-term health condition like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. These children are at higher risk of serious flu complications.

Click the link below for additional information about the flu vaccine:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.htm

We will not be offering the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine, FluMist, this year. The CDC has recommended against the administration of the FluMist this year due to poor efficacy the past few flu seasons. http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0622-laiv-flu.html Please be advised that occasionally throughout the season we may be may be temporarily out of some formulations of the vaccines.  These supplies are replenished as we receive additional shipments from the state.

 

Please speak to our nursing staff if you have any questions about the flu vaccine.

CDC and FDA Recommendation: Voluntary Recall of PharmaTech Liquid Medication Products

 Voluntary Recall of  PharmaTech Liquid Medication Products

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement and recommended a voluntary recall of ALL liquid medication products manufactured by PharmaTech and distributed by Rugby, Major, Bayshore, Metron, Centurion, and Virtus.

There is currently an ongoing investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia. The CDC and FDA have indicated that liquid docusate was the vehicle for transmission, but at this time other liquid medication products are being investigated and may also be linked to the outbreak of 60 cases of Burkholderia infection. The entire affected product list may be found using this link to FDA.

 

In addition to the above recall of all liquid products manufactured by PharmaTech, both FDA and CDC continue to recommend that clinicians and patients not use any brand of liquid docusate sodium product as a stool softener or for any other medical purpose.

 

Additional information about Burkholderia cepacia and the outbreak is available on the CDC website.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/b-cepacia/index.html

http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/organisms/bCepacia.html

 

Please email direct questions about the outbreak to haioutbreak@cdc.gov.