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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe! Posted on Apr 28

Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe!

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, an internationally recognized day to remember workers who have died or been injured, disabled, sickened, on the job. Here in Massachusetts, 125 workers died on the job in just the two-year period of 2014-2015. These workers were our family members,   …Continue Reading Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe!

Weekly Flu Report, April 28, 2017 Posted on Apr 28

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness continued to decrease over the past seven days. Even with this current trend, we can expect to see flu continue to circulate in our communities well into springtime. So if you haven’t gotten a flu shot   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 28, 2017

National Minority Health Month: A Focus on Oral Health Posted on Apr 25

National Minority Health Month: A Focus on Oral Health

April is National Minority Health Month – a time for us to highlight the Department’s work promoting the well-being of racial, ethnic and linguistic minority populations throughout the Commonwealth. Spearheaded by our Office of Health Equity (OHE), all DPH programs strive to respond effectively to   …Continue Reading National Minority Health Month: A Focus on Oral Health

Don’t Fall Behind – Vaccinate On Time! Posted on Apr 24

Don’t Fall Behind - Vaccinate On Time!

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization partners in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is April 22-29, 2017. One of the   …Continue Reading Don’t Fall Behind – Vaccinate On Time!

Weekly Flu Report, April 21, 2017 Posted on Apr 21

The latest weekly flu report shows a drop in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. Even so, we can expect flu to continue to circulate in our communities well into spring – so it’s not too late to get a flu shot   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 21, 2017

Weekly Flu Report, April 14, 2017 Posted on Apr 14

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth – an indication that flu is unpredictable and that flu season isn’t quite over yet. The good news is that there is still plenty of flu vaccine available if you   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 14, 2017

Feeling Stuck? Break Free With These Tips Posted on Apr 13

Feeling Stuck? Break Free With These Tips

Inertia. That feeling of not wanting to do anything, or being so overwhelmed with grief, anxiety, frustration, that it’s hard to do anything. This sluggish feeling can come from mental, physical, or emotional exhaustion, or a general sense of being overwhelmed. The weight of the   …Continue Reading Feeling Stuck? Break Free With These Tips

Highlights of the April 12th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Apr 12

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included two informational briefings from Department staff and a final vote on proposed amendments to regulations. First, the Council took up for consideration a final vote on proposed regulation 105 CMR 432.000:  Minimum Requirements for Personal Flotation   …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Kids in The Kitchen! Posted on Apr 10

Kids in The Kitchen!

By Federika Garcia Muchacho and Meaghan Sutherland Looking for a chef’s assistant?  Give your child a healthy and nutritious start by involving them in the kitchen! Offering hands-on cooking experiences when they are little can help create a lifelong love of healthy foods.    Involving kids   …Continue Reading Kids in The Kitchen!

Weekly Flu Report, April 7, 2017 Posted on Apr 7

According to this week’s flu report, rates of flu-like illness declined slightly over the past seven days. Even so, flu can stick around well into spring – so there is still time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already. Call your health care provider or visit   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 7, 2017