Health care workers at Tufts Medical Center and Bay Medical Center in suburban Boston, Massachusetts, have been preparing for a flu pandemic for more than two weeks.
In the past, they have been taking flu shots.
The problem with them, however, is that the shots are not always available, and people are often not vaccinated until they get sick.
This year, they will have to wait until next month, when the shots will be available.
They are also going to be limited in the number of shots they can administer because of a federal rule that requires hospitals to have a vaccine-ready-to-take inventory.
But with the new regulations, the two hospitals will be able to give out a vaccine to any person who needs it, and they will be allowed to distribute them through the community in a timely fashion.
The new rule also means that, for the first time, a public health emergency will be declared for the county in which a hospital is located.
In other words, the county where a hospital in the area is located will be exempt from having to get a state-mandated vaccine.
The rules also allow for the use of a nurse practitioner or pharmacist, who will not need to be licensed, to administer the vaccine.
The rules do not allow for a general public rollout of the vaccine, but rather for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers to administer it.
In addition to the requirements for a nurse or pharmacy, the rules also say that public health officials must have been briefed about the flu vaccine in advance of the rule.
“This is a good time to introduce influenza vaccination rules, and it’s also a good opportunity to remind the public about the importance of getting vaccinated,” said Katherine Stroup, the director of public health for the state of Massachusetts.
“It’s important to remind everyone to follow the guidelines that apply to you,” she added.
There are still some hurdles that need to pass before the rules take effect.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be keeping an eye on the rule and working with local officials to make sure it is implemented smoothly.