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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Weekly Flu Report, December 28, 2018 Posted on Dec 28

The last weekly flu report of 2018 shows that rates of flu-like illness continued to rise over the past seven days. We expect these rates to climb in the coming weeks, so now is the time to get a flu shot – it’s not too late.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 28, 2018

Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here’s Why. Posted on Dec 27

Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here's Why.

According to our Massachusetts Deaths 2016 report released this week, the average life expectancy of Massachusetts residents rose to 80 years and 8 months in 2016, an increase in longevity that actually runs counter to national trends showing a decline in how long Americans are   …Continue Reading Life Expectancy Is Up in Massachusetts. Here’s Why.

Weekly Flu Report, December 21, 2018 Posted on Dec 21

Rates of flu-like illness continued to rise over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. We can expect these rates to continue to climb as we head further into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 21, 2018

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu Posted on Dec 20

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

Have you had your flu shot yet?  Nearly half of those who should get vaccinated don’t get their flu shots, leading to thousands of hospitalizations every year. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the New England Revolution to remind you that while soccer season may   …Continue Reading DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

Weekly Flu Report, December 14, 2018 Posted on Dec 14

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts increased over the past seven days. In the larger picture flu season doesn’t peak until February or even March, so there is still time to protect yourself from flu and the serious illnesses it   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 14, 2018

Highlights of the December 12th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Dec 12

The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of Determination of Need (DoN) requests followed by a vote on final regulations and finally an informational presentation from DPH staff on the Department’s programmatic activities. First, the Council took up a Determination   …Continue Reading Highlights of the December 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Being Mindful This Holiday Season Posted on Dec 10

Being Mindful This Holiday Season

By Terri Mendoza and Kristen Sedler The holidays are fast approaching, and, like most people, I’m looking forward to enjoying some of my favorite foods that I look forward to all year—eggnog, anyone?  While I know it’s okay to enjoy myself, it’s also important to   …Continue Reading Being Mindful This Holiday Season

Weekly Flu Report, December 7, 2018 Posted on Dec 7

Rates of flu-like illness declined over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. But we can expect these rates to rise as we head further into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 7, 2018

Promoting Teen Worker Safety: the 2019 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest Posted on Dec 6

Promoting Teen Worker Safety: the 2019 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest

Did you know that teen workers across the nation have about twice the risk of nonfatal on-the-job injuries per hour worked than adult workers? With the holiday season so quickly upon us, it is important that teen workers who are taking on extra hours during   …Continue Reading Promoting Teen Worker Safety: the 2019 MA Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest