Posts Tagged ‘vaccination’

As H1N1 Fears Subside, UCSF Hospitals are Once Again Open to Visiting Children

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Those kids crowding Moffitt Cafe at UCSF Medical Center / Children’s Hospital will now have Run of the House, more or less, ’cause the restrictions against child visitors just got eliminated. So, as of yesterday, the place is, once again, totally wide open, more or less, to visitors aged 15 and less. 

Not sure what other local hospitals are thinking these days, but UCSF says that Influenza activity has decreased considerably lately. Read all about it, below.

Godzilla menaces this huge architect’s model of UCSF under a glass box, so he’s always safe from H1N1. But runaway tow trucks, well, that’s a different story:

Moffitt Cafe is now released from its ragamuffin daycare role so it can return to being a haven for law students, a place of escape where legal scholars are free to hit on medical and pharmacological students and/or professionals in a target-rich environment. (At least that’s how the cafeteria was used back in the 90′s.)

Forthwith, the News of the Day:

UCSF Lifts Hospital Visitor Policy Restricting Children

March 09, 2010

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children’s Hospital are lifting their visitor age restriction, which prohibited visitors younger than 16 years old. The visitor policy is being lifted effective March 9, 2010.

Dr. Joshua Adler, chief medical officer at UCSF, said he believes the policy, implemented in November, and other strategies, such as vaccination of UCSF personnel, helped reduce the risk of hospital-acquired influenza.

Influenza activity has decreased considerably so that risk is now quite low, Adler said. In the hospital units where age restrictions are not usually in place, children now may visit. Unit-specific age restrictions, such as those in the intensive care units, may remain in effect, according to unit-based policy.

A requirement, however, remains in effect until March 31 that health care workers, who have not been vaccinated against both H1N1 and seasonal influenza, must wear a surgical mask while in patient care areas.

Adler thanked employees for their diligent infection control measures during the flu season. Record numbers of UCSF employees, faculty, residents, and students received flu vaccines this year, he said.

Swine Flu Vaccination Conspiracy Theorists Descend Upon Our First Free H1N1 Shot Day

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The long wait ended yesterday when San Francsico government workers and volunteers threw open the doors of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Civic Center yesterday morning in order to dose thousands of people for the H1N1 virus. See?

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photo from SFGate shows that it was pretty crowded early on, but later in the day you could have just walked right in.

But look who showed up to hand out literature and home-made CD-Roms: a crew of conspiracy buffs! (You know, when your JFK assassination and your 9-11 controlled demolition and your chemtrails conspiracy hobby starts to run out of steam, it’s nice to have something new to pamphlet about.)

Almost all of those in line took the flourescent yellow handbills, but a good portion dumped them off ASAP, thusly. Everything that’s not colored bright goldenrod, canary, saffron or paella is official government literature:

Conspiracy theorists love vaccination campaigns – just ask conspiracy-monger (and windmill hater) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. about it, if you want.

And let’s hear from Louis Farrakhan:

“On 10/21/2009, Farrakhan told an audience in Memphis he believes the swine flu vaccine was developed to depopulate. During a gathering to observe the Nation of Islam’s Holy Day of Atonement, which also marked the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported Farrakhan as saying:

The Earth can’t take 6.5 billion people. We just can’t feed that many. So what are you going to do? Kill as many as you can. We have to develop a science that kills them and makes it look as though they died from some disease.”

O.K. then.

But the conspiracy people really need to use larger type next time. Srsly:

Thank Gaia this operation wasn’t called Virus Connect or Vaccine Connect or whatever. Yish.

Now I didn’t get a shot personally (as I don’t fit into any of the categories listed) but I hung out long enough to conclude that this was the best-run one-day government operation I’ve ever seen within the 47 square miles of San Francisco County.