The Centers for Disease Control begins publishing its weekly updates about U.S. flu activity, and there is heightened concern after the city of Boston declared a flu public health emergency because significantly more people are falling ill in that city than they did last year.
You can check out the CDC Weekly Flu Surveillance Report. It’s a good way to see first-hand how the 2012-2013 flu season is affecting Hawai`i and the rest of the country, and to help understand why it is so important to protect yourselves and others–including your coworkers and your family–by getting a flu shot.
The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) `ohana had an on-campus opportunity in early October to get vaccinated through the Hawai`i HOME (Homeless Outreach and Medical Education) Project, which operates health clinics staffed by MD students at O`ahu’s homeless shelters.
Faculty and students paid $5.00 for a flu shot administered by our own MDs of the future, at the Auxiliary Services building.
Flu shots are still being offered at pharmacies in Hawai`i. For information enter your zip code into the Flu Vaccine Finder at flu.gov
Our photographs of JABSOM’s flu shot drive are by Arnold Kameda.