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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Weekly Flu Report, December 26, 2014 Posted on Dec 26

The last weekly flu report of 2014 indicates a slight increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. We won’t likely see the peak of flu season until well into February or March, so it’s absolutely not too late to get vaccinated and protect yourself   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 26, 2014

Healthy Holiday Shopping! Posted on Dec 24

Healthy Holiday Shopping!

Whether you’re an occasional shopper like me, or if shopping is one of your favorite activities ever, chances are you’re going to be heading to the stores at some point this holiday season!  If I’m going from store to hunting for that special gift for   …Continue Reading Healthy Holiday Shopping!

Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 Posted on Dec 19

Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014

Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 Posted on Dec 12

This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014

Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 Posted on Dec 10

The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up   …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014

Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday! Posted on Dec 8

Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!

Finding the absolute perfect gift is one of the joyful pleasures of the holiday season. Nothing can beat witnessing the smiles and excitement of children as they unwrap their toys. We want toys that will truly impress the little ones. Yet, as we begin our   …Continue Reading Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!

Weekly Flu Report, December 5, 2014 Posted on Dec 5

The latest flu report shows a slight uptick in rates of flu-like illness as compared to the last weekly report. The worst of flu season is likely yet to come, which is all  the more reason to get vaccinated now. Year in and year out, the simplest   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 5, 2014

Weekly Flu Report, November 28, 2014 Posted on Dec 1

This week’s flu report shows a slight increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts, as compared to last week’s report. Flu season typically doesn’t peak in Massachusetts until February or even mid-March. So there is still plenty of time to protect yourself from flu by   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 28, 2014