Disease prevention is a huge part of public health, and it is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Immunizations can protect both the people who receive them and those with whom they come in contact. Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of infectious diseases and saved literally millions of lives. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you and your family are always up to date with immunizations.
Keeping up-to-date immunization records for your family, especially your children, is important, as you will need your children’s immunization records to register them for school, child care, athletic teams, and summer camps or to travel.
Good record-keeping begins with good record-taking. When you need official copies of immunizations records, they will be much easier to get if you have accurate, up-to-date personal records. Follow these tips to maintain your family’s immunization records:
· Keep your child’s immunization record in a safe place where you can easily locate it.
· Bring the record to each of your child’s doctor visits. Ask the doctor or nurse to record the vaccine given, date, and dosage on your child’s immunization record. If you don’t bring your own record, be sure that you get a copy of your child’s full immunization record at the end of each visit.
If you are unsure about the status of your child’s immunizations, here are some places to look for an official immunization record:
· The doctor’s office or clinic where your child gets immunizations
· State’s health department or Department of Public Health
· Schools your child has attended
(Department of Health and Human Services – Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012)
For more information about immunizations and vaccine records, please visit www.mass.gov/dph/imm.
Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change posted on Jun 23
The Environmental Toxicology Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health has developed a climate assessment approach that leverages the combined resources of the Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) tool and the CDC Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. The approach actively engages stakeholders …Continue Reading Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change
Love in Action: Supporting One Another in Challenging Times posted on Jun 15
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr. What do we do when horrible things happen? A tragedy like what happened at Orlando’s LGBTQ Pulse nightclub is so …Continue Reading Love in Action: Supporting One Another in Challenging Times
Getting Hurt is Not in Your Job Description posted on Jun 13
POP QUIZ: Deli slicers – How hard can they be to use? Everyone seems to have story about someone being cut at work while using a deli slicer*. If you don’t have one yourself, ask a friend or colleague—they almost certainly do. And more often …Continue Reading Getting Hurt is Not in Your Job Description