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Weekly Flu Report, April 24, 2015

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The latest weekly flu report shows a very slight increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts since last week’s report. You can view it here.


Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week!

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National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is April 18-25, 2015. The Department of   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week!


Weekly Flu Report, April 17, 2015

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The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness declined during the past seven days. This is in keeping with how flu season tends to wind down in New England at this time of year. You can help stop the spread of illness   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 17, 2015


Five Simple Ways to Reduce Stress!

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After a long and gruesome winter, we’re all feeling a little bit stressed. Unfortunately, even without a record-breaking snowy winter, stress is an unavoidable part of life. But the good news is that there are simple ways to manage stress so it doesn’t impact our   …Continue Reading Five Simple Ways to Reduce Stress!


Weekly Flu Report, April 10, 2015

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The latest weekly flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like activity in Massachusetts over the past seven days. It’s important to note that flu does continue to circulate in our communities, which is why it’s so important that we continue to take   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 10, 2015


Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety

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Secretary of Labor Ronald Walker congratulates the finalists of the 2015 Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest.

On behalf of DPH and the many partners involved, congratulations to the teen winners and finalists of the 5th annual Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest! Last month’s award ceremony at the State House was inspiring as always. Seeing finalists and their families come together   …Continue Reading Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety


Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015

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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on one Determination of Need request and several informational presentations related to DPH initiatives and proposed regulations. First, the Council took up a request from Steward St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston for a significant   …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015


Weekly Flu Report, April 3, 2015

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This week’s flu report shows a slight increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 3, 2015


Workplace Poisonings Are Preventable – Know Your Rights!

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“Many of the most serious hazards are the Silent Killers – the ones we can’t see…. American workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are known or suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in   …Continue Reading Workplace Poisonings Are Preventable – Know Your Rights!


The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness

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“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We write because writing is good for the soul…” – Author Julia Cameron When you’re in need of guidance, find direction at the tip of your   …Continue Reading The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness