Double duty flu season
According to the Boston Globe, nurses are going to need all the help they can get this coming flu season:
Massachusetts health authorities took the unprecedented step yesterday of deputizing dentists, paramedics, and pharmacists to help administer vaccines against both the seasonal flu and the novel swine strain expected to make a return visit in the fall.
The newly deputized non-nurses will be helping with not only shoring up the work force shortage, but also providing valuable education to the public regarding the two different strains of flu that they’ll need protection again this season – the regular, seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu.
The ‘twin vaccination campaign’ as the article has dubbed it, comes at a tough economic time for state and local public health agencies nationwide.