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Weekly Flu Report, January 12, 2018 posted on Jan 12

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have dropped in the past seven days. However, flu is unpredictable and it’s too soon to know whether we’ve seen its peak this season. The one thing we know for sure is that it’s not   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 12, 2018

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Highlights of the January 10th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 10

The January monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of votes by Council members and an informational presentation on collaborative efforts to provide hurricane relief to Puerto Rico following last year’s hurricane. First, the Council took up a request from the Department’s Office of General   …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 10th Public Health Council Meeting

Kick off the New Year with Folic Acid! posted on Jan 5

Kick off the New Year with Folic Acid!

By Camille Finn Happy New Year! What are your plans for 2018? You may want to add getting enough folic acid to your list. Everyone needs folic acid to make healthy new cells, but it’s especially important for pregnant women. Adequate folic acid during pregnancy   …Continue Reading Kick off the New Year with Folic Acid!

Weekly Flu Report, January 5, 2018 posted on Jan 5

The first weekly flu report of 2018 shows that rates of flu-like illness have continued to rise over the past seven days in Massachusetts. If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, there is still time to protect yourself from the serious illnesses that flu   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 5, 2018

Working Outdoors? Learn How to Prevent Cold Stress posted on Jan 3

Working Outdoors? Learn How to Prevent Cold Stress

With the extreme cold snap that we’re seeing in Massachusetts and across much of the nation, now is an important time to get the word out about cold stress and keeping our outdoor workers safe.  Who is at risk for cold stress? Anyone exposed to   …Continue Reading Working Outdoors? Learn How to Prevent Cold Stress

No hay por qué congelarse: ¡El estrés por frío se puede prevenir! posted on Jan 2

No hay por qué congelarse: ¡El estrés por frío se puede prevenir!

Los primeros días de este invierno nos presentó un clima más cálido, pero, ¡ya llegó el frío! Aunque la temperatura no tiene que estar bajo cero-y no tienes que estar afuera por mucho tiempo- para estar en riesgo de sufrir estrés por frío, particularmente hipotermia   …Continue Reading No hay por qué congelarse: ¡El estrés por frío se puede prevenir!