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Yearly Archives: 2018

Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2018 Posted on Nov 21

The latest weekly flu report indicates an increase in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. We expect these numbers to rise as we head deeper into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2018

Let’s Talk Turkey! Posted on Nov 20

Let’s Talk Turkey!

  By Terri Mendoza and Lydia Fernandes One of the most anticipated meals of the year is right around the corner!   While you’re thinking of who to invite, where everyone will sit, and what to serve, you might not remember to think about the important   …Continue Reading Let’s Talk Turkey!

Weekly Flu Report, November 16, 2018 Posted on Nov 16

The latest weekly flu report indicates an increase in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. We expect these numbers to rise as we head deeper into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 16, 2018

Highlights of the November 14th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 14

Highlights of the November 14th Public Health Council Meeting

The November meeting of the Public Health Council included a Determination of Need (DoN) request, followed by two final votes on proposed amendments to public health regulations. First, the Council took up a request for significant change to an existing DoN held by Baystate Health,   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 14th Public Health Council Meeting

Use the Right Tool for the Job Posted on Nov 13

Use the Right Tool for the Job

Just as a hammer is the wrong tool to shovel snow, an antibiotic is the wrong “tool” to treat infections caused by viruses, including colds and flu. Antibiotics only fight infections caused by bacteria. Like all medications they can be harmful and should only be   …Continue Reading Use the Right Tool for the Job

Weekly Flu Report, November 9, 2018 Posted on Nov 9

This week’s flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness dipped slightly over the past seven days. But it’s still early in flu season and we expect these rates to rise. The good news is that flu vaccine is available across the state at multiple locations,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 9, 2018

Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job Posted on Nov 6

Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job

In just the past week, there have been six vehicle crashes at school bus stops in the US, resulting in the deaths of five children. While none took place in Massachusetts, this is a powerful reminder that we need to do everything we can to   …Continue Reading Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job

Weekly Flu Report, November 2, 2018 Posted on Nov 2

Rates of influenza-like illness dipped slightly over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. However we can expect these number to increase as we head deeper into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot if you   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 2, 2018

Weekly Flu Report, October 26, 2018 Posted on Oct 26

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness rose over the past seven days. We can expect these rates to continue upward as we head deeper into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 26, 2018

Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween! Posted on Oct 26

Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween!

By Lisha Andrew Watch what you buy.  Chances are, your little ones will be sure to come back from trick or treating with plenty of candy.  So it’s a good idea not to buy too much candy to give out to children to begin with.    …Continue Reading Nutrition Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween!