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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Weekly Flu Report, December 30, 2016 Posted on Dec 30

The last weekly flu report of 2016 shows that rates of flu-like illness have risen over the past seven days. This is typical for how flu season tends to happen in New England, where we usually see peak flu rates in February or even March. That   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 30, 2016

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention! Posted on Dec 30

Imagine if you could protect your child against cancer. Turns out, you can – with the HPV vaccine.  To highlight this, the American Cancer Society recently released a video series of HPV-related cancer survivors sharing their stories. These individuals serve as a powerful reminder of   …Continue Reading HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention!

Let’s Spice Up This Winter! Posted on Dec 27

Let’s Spice Up This Winter!

By Yinan Jia As we head in to winter, have you been wondering if there are healthier ways to enjoy some of the season’s favorites?  If you’re watching your salt intake, you might be surprised by the amount of sodium you are actually eating. The   …Continue Reading Let’s Spice Up This Winter!

Weekly Flu Report, December 23, 2016 Posted on Dec 23

This week’s flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness in the state over the past seven days. Flu season typically builds in intensity as we head into the colder winter months, so now is an absolutely perfect time to get a flu shot and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 23, 2016

Weekly Flu Report, December 16, 2016 Posted on Dec 16

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, there is still time to protect yourself from flu as the holiday season continues. Call your health care provider or local board   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 16, 2016

Highlights of the December 14th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Dec 14

The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of final votes on amendments to regulations, informational presentations on the status of several proposed amendments to regulations that are still in process, and an update on activities related to tracking the opioid   …Continue Reading Highlights of the December 14th Public Health Council Meeting

Milk is a Local Food! Posted on Dec 14

Milk is a Local Food!

  Did you know that milk is a local food? In just 48 hours, milk travels from the cow to a grocery store near you! Recently, a group of WIC nutritionists from across the state had the opportunity to visit Great Brook Farm in Carlisle,   …Continue Reading Milk is a Local Food!

Weekly Flu Report, December 9, 2016 Posted on Dec 9

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness dropped slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts. But flu season in New England doesn’t peak until well after the New Year, so there is still plenty of reason to get a flu shot if   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 9, 2016

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Vaccine! Posted on Dec 5

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Vaccine!

As the busy schedule of the holiday season approaches, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get   …Continue Reading It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Vaccine!

Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2016 Posted on Dec 2

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness rose slightly in the past seven days in Massachusetts. Still, it’s safe to say that flu season has yet to really kick in – which means there is still time to protect yourself and your family   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2016