THE BOTTOM LINE ... A pair of announcements related to Stanford's Graduate School of Business is drawing some attention to the brainy business building. A Forbes report found that Stanford MBA holders have the highest return on investment for their degree nationwide. The report found that Stanford MBAs see an average five-year financial gain of $99,700 from their degree, giving them a median salary of $221,000 when they were five years out. Harvard, the previous winner, has fallen to No. 3 with an average five-year return on investment of $79,600. Ready to sign up? Not so fast. Although Stanford may be the most cost efficient, it's picky — only 7 percent of applicants make it into the school — and even if the return on investment is the highest, the $117,960 in tuition may be hard to stomach. In case the stakes (or returns) weren't high enough, the university also announced that it would be implementing a three-year "joint program" with Stanford's well-regarded Computer Science Department that allows applicants to get an MBA and an M.S. in computer science at the same time. It's not Stanford's only joint program. The Computer Science Department offers one other joint degree, a J.D./M.S. with the Stanford Law School.
A-FLU-ENT COMMUNITY ... Palo Altans plan ahead, even when it comes to catching the flu. Palo Alto Medical Foundation announced the number of vaccines it's administered have shot up, even before flu season starts. It's calling it a "robust start" and has already administered 25,000 shots in the first two weeks of its clinics. Medical teams are poking 2,700 people with needles every day around the Bay Area. "Numbers of people getting the vaccine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation may be up slightly, possibly related to the harsh flu season we had last year as well as interest in the new quadrivalent flu vaccines" (which protect against four flu strains), said Dr. Charles Weiss, chair of PAMF's infectious-diseases committee. "We are not anticipating any shortage of supply and will continue to receive shipments of vaccine throughout the flu season."
PATCH DISPATCHED? ... The Palo Alto forecast for AOL's Patch just got a bit patchier. The news company's CEO Bud Rosenthal released a memo saying Patch will no longer staff bureaus outside its 14 "designated market areas" — Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Unstaffed Patches will no longer have editors, Rosenthal wrote. But users of Patch, which brands itself as a platform for "community-specific news" will "continue to receive daily posts from our central publishing team."