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Why health care workers should get vaccinated…soon

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Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study saying that less that 40 percent of the population of the United States got vaccinated against the seasonal flu last year. That number in and of itself is surprising, given that the flu kills an astonishing 36,000 people every year, putting it squarely in the top 10 annual causes of death in the United States. The distinction between the flu and other top 10 causes, like heart disease and cancer, is that there’s something incredibly easy and quick you can do to keep the flu at bay: get vaccinated.

So you would think that health care workers – the hundreds of thousands of us who spend our time at the bedside, in the operating room, escorting patients to appointments, cleaning hospital rooms, serving food and on and on – would do the easy thing to slow the spread of the flu: get vaccinated and spare ourselves and the patients we spend time with the potentially deadly ramifications of getting the flu.

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Continuing to talk about children's health – here in Boston and on Capitol Hill

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As many of you know, we have been committed to ensuring that health care reform guarantees that children have access to high quality care. I’m writing now from Washington, DC, as we personally deliver this message to the senators and congressmen representing all the New England states.

Lawrence McAndrews, the president and chief executive National Association of Children’s Hospitals and I wrote this editorial in response to and in support of the op ed by former Senators Tom Daschle and John Danforth.

When we return, I’ll let you know how the trip went and what the prospects look like for reform that will protect the health of the nation’s children.

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Senator Kennedy's advocacy for children's health

HealthCareConfDSC_0078Words cannot begin to express the loss that all of us at Children’s Hospital Boston feel at the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy yesterday. As many of you know, Senator Kennedy had a deep personal connection with this hospital as two of his children received care here. He was a regular visitor to the hospital and a warm, welcoming presence for our staff and families when we traveled to Washington.

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How Children's is trying to control costs

Given that there has been a lot of conversation about cost control in the health care debate, I’d like to talk a little bit about how we at Children’s Hospital Boston view as our responsibility in controlling costs.

We necessarily are focused on providing safe and effective care for the most severely ill children in our region. Most of those kids and families rely on Children’s for both acute and chronic care for difficult, life-long problems. We also have become the largest primary care providers for the underserved pediatric population of Boston and its surrounds. Still others come here for less serious conditions to see the pediatric specialists not available throughout the state or anywhere else in New England.

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