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Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet?

Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet? posted on Oct 12

Flu season is here and it’s time to get your flu shot! Massachusetts public health officials are recommending that everyone take steps to prevent the spread of flu by getting vaccinated now. “Last year’s flu season was among the most severe on record and getting   …Continue Reading Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet?

Weekly Flu Report, October 12, 2018

Weekly Flu Report, October 12, 2018 posted on Oct 12

Welcome to the first weekly flu report of the 2018-2019 flu season. Each week between now and the end of May, we’ll post the latest data on the spread of flu in Massachusetts. This week’s report shows that rates of flu-like illness in the state   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 12, 2018

Highlights of the October 10th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Oct 10

The October meeting of the Public Health Council featured a discussion focused on an approved Determination of Need request, a vote on final amendments to regulations related to the work of the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure, and an informational presentation from DPH staff on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 10th Public Health Council Meeting

The End of Mosquito Season?  Not Yet.

The End of Mosquito Season? Not Yet. posted on Sep 18

The calendar says September, but the Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Boston Public Health Commission, has announced the 12th human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts.   Health officials say even though it may no longer feel like summertime, it still makes   …Continue Reading The End of Mosquito Season? Not Yet.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

September is Sepsis Awareness Month posted on Sep 13

September marks Sepsis Awareness Month, which brings public education and awareness to this serious medical condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year.  Sepsis is caused by the body’s response to infection.  Left untreated, it can lead to tissue   …Continue Reading September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Highlights of the September 12th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 12

The September monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a single Determination of Need request, an update for the Council on some proposed amendments to regulations, a vote to promulgate a set of final regulations, and finally a pair of informational presentations for the   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the August 8th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Aug 8

The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included votes on three pending amendments to public health regulations. First, the Council received a request to promulgate amendments to 105 CMR 120.000, The Control of Radiation. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the   …Continue Reading Highlights of the August 8th Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the July 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jul 11

The July monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included two Determination of Need (DON) requests followed by a series of informational presentations from DPH subject matter experts. First, the Council took up a DON request from Sunbridge Healthcare, LLC for a substantial capital expenditure   …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 11th Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the June 13th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jun 13

The June monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a Determination of Need request, updates on the status of preliminary and final public health regulations, and an informational presentation from DPH staff. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need request from Massachusetts General   …Continue Reading Highlights of the June 13th Public Health Council Meeting

Weekly Flu Report, May 25, 2018 posted on May 24

Rates of flu-like illness continued to decrease over the past seven days, according to the latest (and last) weekly flu report of the 2017-2018 flu season. Weekly flu reports for the 2018-2019 flu season will begin in the autumn. Until then, happy summer!