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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Weekly Flu Report, October 27, 2017 Posted on Oct 27

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight uptick in rates of flu-like illness in the past seven days. While flu can be unpredictable, one thing we know for sure is that rates will continue to rise as we get deeper into flu season. That’s why it’s   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 27, 2017

Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween! Posted on Oct 25

Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween!

By Lisha Andrew Halloween is a fun time for families with children of all ages. It’s a day filled with celebration, superstition and, of course, candy—lots of candy. But don’t worry! Here are a few tips to enjoy the holiday without getting sugar overload. Watch   …Continue Reading Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween!

3 pasos para mantener seguros a los guardias de cruce Posted on Oct 25

3 pasos para mantener seguros a los guardias de cruce

Muchos conductores han notado un cambio en su ruta diaria ya que los niños han vuelto a las clases. ¿Has notado una congestión significante de carros y peatones en el camino al trabajo ? Algunos de estos peatones son guardias de cruce, quienes ayudan a   …Continue Reading 3 pasos para mantener seguros a los guardias de cruce

Weekly Flu Report, October 20, 2017 Posted on Oct 23

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts remain low. That will change, however, so now’s the time to get your seasonal flu shot. There is plenty of vaccine available – check with your health care provider or local board of health,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 20, 2017

Learn More About Preventing Lead Poisoning Posted on Oct 23

This week the Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is joining the CDC in celebrating National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2017.  Substantial gains have been made in preventing exposure to lead through more than 45 years of public health interventions. Despite this, lead remains   …Continue Reading Learn More About Preventing Lead Poisoning

Pumpkin Fever – Not Just for Decorations Anymore!    Posted on Oct 19

Pumpkin Fever – Not Just for Decorations Anymore!   

 By Wendy Ng What do you think of when you think of pumpkins? I think of fall, and especially jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. But as you know, pumpkins are more than just for decoration—every time I go to the grocery store, there are more and more   …Continue Reading Pumpkin Fever – Not Just for Decorations Anymore!   

Weekly Flu Report, October 13, 2017 Posted on Oct 13

Welcome to the first weekly flu report of the 2017-2018 flu season. Each week between now and the end of May, we’ll post the latest data on the spread of flu in Massachusetts. This week’s report shows that rates of flu-like illness in the state   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 13, 2017

Highlights of the October 11th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Oct 11

The October monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a trio of informational presentations from DPH program staff related to various Departmental initiatives, including: Update on Implementation of Revised Determination of Need Regulation 105 CMR 100.000 Problem Gambling and Public Health: Challenges and Opportunities   …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 11th Public Health Council Meeting