Friday, December 7, 2012
Surgical masks now required for all unimmunized healthcare workers.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The following was provided by the Rhode Island Department of Health PROVIDENCE – Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), has issued a Declaration of Widespread Flu Incidence Statewide. This declaration triggers Rhode Island’s new regulations requiring all healthcare workers who have not been immunized against influenza to wear a surgical mask during all times of direct patient contact. “Flu is here in Rhode Island, and all signs indicate that this flu season is expected to be more severe than those in recent past,” said Dr. Fine. “We encourage all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves and those around them by being immunized against influenza. Our healthcare workers have an obligation to protect those …
Monday, December 5, 2011
A look at what's happening in Newport today.
Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol County will hold a flu and pneumonia vaccination clinic from 10 to 11 a.m. at their Chapel Street location. Most private insurances are accepted, and the price for those paying on their own is $35 for flu shots and $67 for pneumonia shots. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. Beginning this week, The Hut will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for Open Gym for children ages up to five years old. Children need to be accompanied by an adult, and there must be one adult for every three children. Admission is $5 per family per day and multi-day punch cards are available. The Newport Library will host a Bilingual Story Hour (Spanish/English) for children ages four and …
Monday, November 7, 2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health is urging residents to get vaccinated against influenza.
The longer days and cooler temperatures mean winter is approaching. But that's not the only season on the way. In an attempt to keep hospital ERs from filling up with influenza-stricken patients, the Rhode Island Department of Health is urging residents to get their flu shots before the peak of the season begins this winter. “Anyone can get the flu, and the flu will keep you home from work or school for at least a week,” Director of Health Dr. Michael Fine said in a release. “The flu is a serious illness and can be even more serious for the elderly, the very young, and anyone who has a chronic illness. The lack of health insurance or a fee for vaccine administration should not prevent Rhode Islanders from taking this essential step to …