Influenza Map

This is a link to CDC’s ILI (influenza-like illness) activity map. Indiana shows minimal activity at this point, but it’s a good site to keep an eye on. It’s also a good time to remind people that the flu shot is estimated to be about 80% effective this year, so keep immunizing!

School Nurses Save LIVES & Money!

JAMA Pediatrics printed a wonderful analysis of school nursing that demonstrated having full-time RNs in Massachusetts schools resulted in significant cost savings to the schools and to the community as a whole, by having fewer lost work days for parents, more productivity for teachers and administrators, and much more.

Toolkit from NASN

Sally Schoessler, who was the keynote speaker at IASN’s annual conference, just blogged about NASN’s new Back To School Toolkit–it provides resources for throughout the school year.  The toolkit could be of value to experienced school nurses, and a real life-safer for those who are new to the field.  Sally explains it here:  

Immunization Resource

Dr. Paul Offit, from the esteemed Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has a new website. Dr. Offit is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He is one of the U.S.’s best-informed, most reasonable leaders on all things related to immunization. CHOP has a wealth of resources as well, many of them free.  They have free handouts for parents about vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccines, and free webinars to give you the latest information from the immunization world: