Flu Shots

Good news for your health, MEC students. The 2012-2013 vaccines for seasonal influenza are ready.  This means that it’s time to get a flu shot!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months of age should get a yearly vaccine.  Since it can take a few weeks after vaccination for your body to develop the antibodies that protect you from the flu, it’s a good idea to get your shot early- before flu season gets into full swing. Visit the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza page for information about the flu, prevention, treatment, healthcare professional information and more!

Flu.gov from the Department of Health and Human Services is a great place to get started for seasonal influenza information.  Check here for information about who is at risk, caring for those with the flu, prevention precautions and a flu vaccine finder.
Healthcare personnel are especially encouraged to get annual flu vaccinations (that includes you, students!)

Check out the CDC’s Influenza Vaccination Coverage for Health-Care Personnel, the American College of Physicians Policy on Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation for Influenza Immunization of Health Care Personnel Policy Statement.

Don’t forget – the MEC librarians are always here to help you find more information about seasonal influenza and vaccination!

Supreme Court Healthcare Decision

Good morning, MEC!  The Supreme Court is scheduled to release its ruling on President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Act this morning.

To follow the court live, check out the SCOTUS blog at http://www.scotusblog.com/cover-it-live/

**UPDATE   Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act.

“WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday left standing the basic provisions of the health care overhaul, ruling that the government may use its taxation powers to push people to buy health insurance. (Supreme Court Lets Health Law Largely Stand from the New York Times.)

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare 5-4 from CNN.  Article include links to an ACA timeline, breakdown of the basic issues, and discussion of how individuals will be affected by the reform.

What the Health Care Ruling Means to You from CNN.com

You can read the full text of the Affordable Healthcare Act at http://www.healthcare.gov/law/full/. On the same site, visit Healthcare Law and You for links to key features of the law, timeline, and implementation resources.

The Supreme Court Affordable Healthcare Act opinions can be found at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf