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New York Times Runs Segment on Vaccine Debate

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NY Times segment on Vaccine Refusal


INFLUENZA Now Prevalent Across New York State – Including Suffolk County

Friday, December 20th, 2013

DATE: December 19, 2013 TO: All Article 28, 36, and 40 Healthcare and Residential Facilities and Agencies FROM: Office of the Commissioner Health Advisory: NYS Department of Health Commissioner Declares Influenza Prevalent in the State Please distribute immediately to: Administration, Medical Director, Infection Prevention, Nursing Administration, Risk Management The New York State Department of Health…  read more


NYS Bureau of Immunization 2013-2014 Influenza Season Flyer Sent

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The NYS DOH’s Bureau of Immunization’s 2013-2014 Immunization Flyer. The 2013-2014 influenza season was recently sent to physicians across the state  (excluding NYC). If you have any questions, please let their office know.


New York Medical Staff Required To Get Flu Vaccines Or Wear Masks.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The New York Health Department is now “requiring thousands of medical staff and other personnel statewide to get vaccinated” against influenza “or else wear masks when in close contact with patients.” The new “rules apply to more than 4,000 hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, nursing homes, hospices and home care agencies statewide.” The rules were adopted…  read more



Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

ATTENTION PHYSICIANS For dates of service on or after August 1, 2013, the following influenza vaccine codes will be available for billing for certain age groups: *90672 INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE, QUADRIVALENT, LIVE, FOR INTRANASAL USE For beneficiaries 2 years of age to 49 years of age 90685 INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE, QUADRIVALENT, SPLIT VIRUS, PRESERVATIVE FREE,…  read more


CDC Begins Shipping 2013-2014 Flu Vaccine.

Friday, September 6th, 2013

The Washington Times (9/6, Somers) reports that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun shipping this season’s vaccines,” but officials have not made any guesses into the potential “severity of this season because ‘flu seasons are highly unpredictable.’” The flu shot for this year will include an H1N1-like virus and an H3N2-like virus,…  read more


NYSDOH Bureau of Tuberculosis Control Health Advisory: PPD Shortage

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

New York State Department of Health is temporarily relaxing tuberculosis testing requirements for employee testing programs because of the current shortage of Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) solutions. It is hoped that the product will be available by June to allow programs to resume full testing. Intradermal Mantoux tests: Tubersol® (Sanofi Pasteur) PPD solution is currently…  read more


NYSDOH Flu Vaccine Health Advisory

Friday, January 11th, 2013

January 10, 2013 TO: Healthcare Providers, Hospitals, Long-Term Care Facilities, Local Health Departments and Pharmacies FROM: NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization HEALTH ADVISORY: INCREASED INFLUENZA ACTIVITY ACROSS THE STATE; RESOURCES FOR OBTAINING INFLUENZA VACCINE Please distribute to the Pharmacy Director, Infection Control Department, Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Emergency Department, Employee Health, and all NYS healthcare…  read more


Long Island Officials Worried About Flu Season In Sandy’s Wake.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Newsday (12/18) reports that “Flu viruses got a jump on the season this year, circulating sooner than expected and causing outbreaks around the country in waves of infection that continue to intensify, state and federal flu scientists say.” The article says that “on Long Island, the specter of an intensifying flu season is worrying public…  read more



Monday, August 20th, 2012

August 15, 2012 TO: Health Care Providers, Hospitals, and Local Health Departments FROM: New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Immunization New York State Public Health Law (PHL) §2112 prohibits the administration of vaccines containing more than trace amounts of thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, to children less than 3 years of age and women…  read more