Public Health Law Blog Archive

Dec 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

New York City’s New Vaccination Requirement: What Gets Lost in the Debate

posted on Fri, Dec 20 2013 10:38 am by Dan Orenstein

The New York City Board of Health recently voted to begin requiring children under age 5 in city-licensed preschools and day care centers to be vaccinated against seasonal flu. The new requirement has sparked a national debate over mandatory childhood immunization.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Voluntary Temporary Reassignment of Federally Funded State, Tribal, and Local Health Department Personnel During Public Health Emergencies

posted on Wed, Dec 11 2013 3:00 pm by Gregory Sunshine

Under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA), health departments will be able to temporarily reassign federally funded personnel stationed in their departments to respond to a public health emergency.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Food Allergies during the Holiday Season and the Stocking of Epinephrine in Schools

posted on Tue, Dec 10 2013 3:02 pm by Lauren Peterson

Many children participate in school activities during the holiday season where a variety of foods and treats are offered. For children with food allergies, eating the wrong thing can be fatal. There has been a push from legislators to require schools to stock auto-injectable epinephrine – a medication that can help reverse the severe symptoms caused by an allergic reaction.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Health Risks of Toxic Flame Retardants Spur New Standards for Fire-Resistant Products

posted on Mon, Dec 9 2013 10:35 am by Corey Davis

Toxic chemicals, known as flame retardants, are used in many household products to make them fire-resistant. Research has revealed numerous health risks associated with the chemicals, but a new rule may help reduce their use.

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