DHSS

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Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said the state is working to send out several testing machines to rural areas. Along with the standard increase in wildlife troopers, the state is considering how to provide additional security for Bristol Bay communities. 

Sam Gardner/KDLG

There is still no consensus between the state, communities, and local entities on what the rules will be for the Bristol Bay fishery. Regional organizations are demanding strict safety measures, saying that if they are not met, the fishery should be closed. The state is moving forward with efforts to create safety plans while keeping the fishery open. 

Alaska DOT

A year after PFAS was first detected in Dillingham wells, the state and a consulting firm are taking steps to address the situation. 

Alaska DOT&PF

Wells near the Dillingham airport are being tested for PFAS contamination. According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, water that exceeds its minimum action level is not safe to drink.

    

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

The state is waiving administration fees through December 13th for all flu vaccines. 

Department of Health and Social Services

The State of Alaska Epidemiology released a bulletin warning residents in advance to prepare for a respiratory virus that effects infants the most. 

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants in the US. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 25% to 40% of children or infants exposed to RSV for the first time have signs or symptoms of bronchiolitis or pneumonia and up to 2 percent will require hospitalization.  Most children hospitalized with RSV are under six months old.

Flu Season Approaches, State Recommends Vaccines

Aug 28, 2014
Department of Health and Social Services

As school is starting up the importance of getting flu vaccines is greater.  The state of Alaska has flu vaccines available now and recommends getting it earlier rather than later.  

August is National Immunization Awareness Month which mean state public health centers will waive all immunization administration fees for state-provided vaccines during for the whole month.