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Weekly Flu Report, February 5, 2016

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The latest weekly flu report shows that flu rates rose again in Massachusetts during the past 7 days. It’s absolutely not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t already. As a matter of fact, we can expect flu to continue to circulate in   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 5, 2016


Year of the Monkey

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  Chinese New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar. It is usually celebrated for 15 days and is a time to reunite with family, feast on good food and relax from work. As a Chinese American, it is important to me   …Continue Reading Year of the Monkey


Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs

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Winter can be a hard time for many of us. The days are shorter, darkness sets in early, and oh yeah, it’s freezing out there! The change in seasons wreaks havoc on many people. Some people feel more tired, sad, or anxious when there are   …Continue Reading Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs


Weekly Flu Report, January 29, 2016

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The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness climbed slightly in the past seven days. We can expect to see flu continue to circulate in our communities even into springtime – so there is still time to get a flu shot and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 29, 2016


Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!

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Here in Massachusetts we’re heading into the dead of winter. Temperatures are getting colder every day, and many of us are cranking up the heat at home. That’s why it’s important to take steps now to make sure your home and family are safe from   …Continue Reading Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!


Weekly Flu Report, January 22, 2016

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Rates of flu-like illness have ticked up during the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. As we come to the end of January, it’s safe to say that we will continue to see flu circulate in Massachusetts well into March and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 22, 2016


A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer: Learn More about the HPV Vaccine

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As parents, we do everything we can to protect our children’s health – for today and for the future. Now there is a powerful weapon to prevent several types of cancer in our sons and daughters: the HPV vaccine. All kids who are 11 or   …Continue Reading A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer: Learn More about the HPV Vaccine


This is not your Mother’s WIC Program.

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The WIC Nutrition Program has changed and evolved over the last several years. Forty years ago, our focus was providing subsidized formula to mothers.  Today, we focus on nutrition, health, breastfeeding support and wellness. Since the introduction of the improved food package in 2009, WIC   …Continue Reading This is not your Mother’s WIC Program.


There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable!

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The early days of winter teased us with milder weather, but alas, the cold has arrived! Still, the temperature doesn’t have to be freezing—and you don’t have to be outside very long—to be at risk for cold stress, particularly hypothermia and frostbite.  In fact, cold   …Continue Reading There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable!


Weekly Flu Report, January 15, 2016

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The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have decreased slightly in the past seven days. Flu can be unpredictable, though, so it’s far too soon to tell whether this will continue. The best way to keep yourself healthy this flu season is   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 15, 2016