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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Weekly Flu Report, February 23, 2018 Posted on Feb 22

Rates of flu-like illness have dropped in Massachusetts over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. Even with this current decline, flu continues to circulate in our communities – so if you have not gotten a flu shot yet, there is   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 23, 2018

Weekly Flu Report, February 16, 2018 Posted on Feb 15

The latest weekly flu report indicates a slight increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. Flu continues to circulate widely in our communities and if you have not gotten a flu shot yet this season, there is still ample reason   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 16, 2018

Highlights of the February 14th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Feb 14

The February monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of Determination of Need (DON) requests followed by an informational presentation from DPH bureau leadership. First, as part of her introductory remarks, Public Health Commissioner Bharel provided an update to the Council on data   …Continue Reading Highlights of the February 14th Public Health Council Meeting

School Vacation Work Hours for MA Teens Posted on Feb 14

School Vacation Work Hours for MA Teens

February has arrived and many workers feel like they have finally gotten back into their daily routines—unless you are a parent of school-attending children. Many public schools offer a break from classes this month and it is common for working teens to pick up extra   …Continue Reading School Vacation Work Hours for MA Teens

How You Can Protect Yourself from the Flu Posted on Feb 13

We know many of you are worried about the flu this season.  Commissioner Monica Bharel and Dr. Al DeMaria have a video message for you about how you can protect yourself, your loved ones and the public from the flu.  Take these steps: Cover your   …Continue Reading How You Can Protect Yourself from the Flu

Is Having More Family Meals on Your To-Do List? Posted on Feb 13

Is Having More Family Meals on Your To-Do List?

By Camille Finn Missing those frequent family dinners that you had when you were a kid? You’re not alone. About half (47%) of parents say that they share fewer meals with their family than when they were growing up. There are lots of reasons why   …Continue Reading Is Having More Family Meals on Your To-Do List?

Weekly Flu Report, February 9, 2018 Posted on Feb 8

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness rose again over the past seven days – an indication that flu season is not over yet and that there is still plenty of reason to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 9, 2018

A Tool to Explore the Connection Between Health and Environment Posted on Feb 5

A Tool to Explore the Connection Between Health and Environment

Health and environmental problems are not always separate issues with unrelated solutions. That’s the thinking behind the CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, a program that brings together environmental health data from 25 participating states to help investigate these environment-and-health connections. In fact, Massachusetts   …Continue Reading A Tool to Explore the Connection Between Health and Environment

Weekly Flu Report, February 2, 2018 Posted on Feb 1

The first weekly flu report of February indicates that rates of flu-like illness have risen again over the past seven days – a sign that flu season is not over yet and that there is no time like the present to get a flu shot   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 2, 2018