- It did not meet HHS goal of vaccinating 90% of 19 to 35 month olds against whooping cough.
- It does not participate in a Nurse Licensure Compact
- The state public health lab has not reported increasing or maintaining their LRN-C chemical capability
- The state public health lab does not have enough staffing capacity to work five, 12-hour days for six to eight weeks in response to an infectious disease outbreak, such as novel influenza A H1N1.
However, the report also says that all states, including Massachusetts, have developed preparedness plans and pandemic flu plans. Prior pandemic flu threats have raised the bar for such disaster preparedness. Although Boston’s latest bout with the flu may not be a major health emergency, it speaks to the value of having a plan in place should such an emergency come along.