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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Weekly Flu Report, January 29, 2016 Posted on Jan 29

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness climbed slightly in the past seven days. We can expect to see flu continue to circulate in our communities even into springtime – so there is still time to get a flu shot and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 29, 2016

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter! Posted on Jan 26

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!

Here in Massachusetts we’re heading into the dead of winter. Temperatures are getting colder every day, and many of us are cranking up the heat at home. That’s why it’s important to take steps now to make sure your home and family are safe from   …Continue Reading Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!

Weekly Flu Report, January 22, 2016 Posted on Jan 22

Rates of flu-like illness have ticked up during the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. As we come to the end of January, it’s safe to say that we will continue to see flu circulate in Massachusetts well into March and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 22, 2016

A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer: Learn More about the HPV Vaccine Posted on Jan 21

A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer: Learn More about the HPV Vaccine

As parents, we do everything we can to protect our children’s health – for today and for the future. Now there is a powerful weapon to prevent several types of cancer in our sons and daughters: the HPV vaccine. All kids who are 11 or   …Continue Reading A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer: Learn More about the HPV Vaccine

This is not your Mother’s WIC Program. Posted on Jan 20

This is not your Mother’s WIC Program.

The WIC Nutrition Program has changed and evolved over the last several years. Forty years ago, our focus was providing subsidized formula to mothers.  Today, we focus on nutrition, health, breastfeeding support and wellness. Since the introduction of the improved food package in 2009, WIC   …Continue Reading This is not your Mother’s WIC Program.

There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable! Posted on Jan 19

There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable!

The early days of winter teased us with milder weather, but alas, the cold has arrived! Still, the temperature doesn’t have to be freezing—and you don’t have to be outside very long—to be at risk for cold stress, particularly hypothermia and frostbite.  In fact, cold   …Continue Reading There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable!

Weekly Flu Report, January 15, 2016 Posted on Jan 15

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have decreased slightly in the past seven days. Flu can be unpredictable, though, so it’s far too soon to tell whether this will continue. The best way to keep yourself healthy this flu season is   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 15, 2016

Highlights of the January 13th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jan 13

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included one vote on final amendments to regulations, and informational updates related to a series of proposed amendments to regulations which are not yet ready for final consideration by the Council. First, the Council received an update   …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 13th Public Health Council Meeting

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week! Posted on Jan 12

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week!

By Louisa Paine This week is Folic Acid Awareness Week, so I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about this vital nutrient. Folic acid is a vitamin that everyone’s body needs to make healthy new cells. It’s especially important for a baby’s development, so it’s   …Continue Reading It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week!

Weekly Flu Report, January 8, 2016 Posted on Jan 8

The first weekly flu report of 2016 shows that rates of flu-like illness ticked up slightly over the past seven days – an increase that’s in keeping with what we’re seeing across the country. In the meantime, one New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep is   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 8, 2016