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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Weekly Flu Report, January 10, 2014 Posted on Jan 10

Rates of flu-like illness remain elevated in Massachusetts as noted in the latest weekly flu report. But even though flu season is definitely upon us there is still time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. There is still plenty of flu vaccine   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 10, 2014

Building Capacity at the Local Level to Respond to Emergencies Posted on Jan 9

In Massachusetts we’ve come to recognize and appreciate that when emergencies happen, our local communities band together to respond. And these community-level responses are exemplified by the work done by local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of   …Continue Reading Building Capacity at the Local Level to Respond to Emergencies

Highlights of the January 8th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jan 8

Highlights of the January 8th Public Health Council Meeting

The agenda for today’s monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a pair of Determination of Need requests from area health care facilities, and informational presentations and updates from two programs within the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. The meeting began   …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 8th Public Health Council Meeting

You Can Prevent Birth Defects! Posted on Jan 7

You Can Prevent Birth Defects!

Did you know that many birth defects are preventable?  Every January, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network makes that message loud and clear by promoting January as Birth Defects Prevention Month.  It’s important information to know, since birth defects are:  ·         Common: 1 in every   …Continue Reading You Can Prevent Birth Defects!

Weekly Flu Report, January 3, 2014 Posted on Jan 3

The first weekly flu report of the new year shows that rates of flu-like illness continued their upward climb in the past seven days. This is consistent with how flu season tends to play out in this part of the country. If history is any guide,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 3, 2014