Friday, May 21, 2010

What's new with the flu?

Flu Activity. Flu activity decreased nationally last week. Read the full national report here. There was no reported influenza activity in Maine last week. Maine’s weekly influenza surveillance report can be found here.

School-based Vaccine Clinics. Maine CDC’s school-based vaccine clinics web page has been updated to include a letter to school nurses and instructions for completing the Maine Immunization Program’s Provider Agreement for schools.

The web page also includes an order form for some of the equipment and supplies schools may need to hold vaccine clinics in the fall, which will be provided by Maine CDC at no charge. Any school that intends to hold a flu vaccine clinic in the fall may now place an order for a small vaccine refrigerator (34” high, 23 7/8” wide, 24 3/8” deep); a cold chain transportation and storage kit, which will include a cooler, ice packs, and related items required to maintain the temperature of the vaccine when transporting it between locations and during clinics; and a vaccine clinic go-kit, which includes the medical and administrative supplies necessary to hold a vaccine clinic.

Health care providers working with schools to store and administer vaccine are also eligible to place an order for these items.

Once received, Maine CDC is not responsible for maintaining the refrigerator. Please contact the manufacturer with any problems, particularly during the one-year warranty period. Refrigerators this size can store more than 1,000 doses of vaccine for school-based clinics. Thermometers, and information related to vaccine storage, will be shipped separately.

A representative from Maine CDC will call to confirm orders prior to shipment. This order process is not the vaccine order. Vaccine order forms will be sent to all providers who have been assigned four-digit PINs by the Maine Immunization Program. Completed order forms should be sent to or faxed to 287-4612 by Tuesday, May 25.

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