Katie Gorodetsky, Immunization Coordinator for WIC
As warmer weather arrives and windows are opened to let the breeze in, we should all remember that screens are designed to keep bugs out and not children in. The leading cause of injury to children age 5 and under is falls and falls out of windows are especially serious. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers can prevent window falls by following several safety tips: keep all furniture including beds or couches away from windows, open windows from the top, not the bottom, lock all unopened windows and doors, supervise young children at all times, and install child safety window guards! Child safety window guards are aluminum or steel bars with a maximum four-inch spacing that are installed in the bottom half of a double hung window. Guards are designed to withstand 150 pounds of pressure and can be purchased at a local hardware or home improvement store. Regular screens will not support the weight of a falling child. Window guard installation is recommended for all windows above the first floor. Practice these safety techniques and minimize the risk of injury to your child. For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention and Control Program at www.mass.gov/dph/injury.
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!