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Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014

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Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014


Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014

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This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014


Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014

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The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up   …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014


Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!

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Finding the absolute perfect gift is one of the joyful pleasures of the holiday season. Nothing can beat witnessing the smiles and excitement of children as they unwrap their toys. We want toys that will truly impress the little ones. Yet, as we begin our   …Continue Reading Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!


Weekly Flu Report, December 5, 2014

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The latest flu report shows a slight uptick in rates of flu-like illness as compared to the last weekly report. The worst of flu season is likely yet to come, which is all  the more reason to get vaccinated now. Year in and year out, the simplest   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 5, 2014


A Continuing Journey Towards Quality Improvement

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One hallmark of DPH as an organization is our desire to constantly look for ways to ensure that we as an agency are providing the highest quality services to the people that we serve. Recently the Department passed a significant milestone in that quest, as   …Continue Reading A Continuing Journey Towards Quality Improvement


Weekly Flu Report, November 28, 2014

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This week’s flu report shows a slight increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts, as compared to last week’s report. Flu season typically doesn’t peak in Massachusetts until February or even mid-March. So there is still plenty of time to protect yourself from flu by   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 28, 2014


Women Leading the Way to Wellness

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Earlier this week I was honored to be recognized at the American Cancer Society’s inaugural Women Leading the Way to Wellness event in Boston. The goal of the event was to focus on the critical role that women play in the prevention and early detection   …Continue Reading Women Leading the Way to Wellness


Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!

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By Suzi Hinck, Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University and Dietetic Intern, Massachusetts WIC Program Are you pregnant?  Congratulations!  So am I!  It’s an exciting and busy time between thinking of names, buying baby clothes, books, and toys, and thinking ahead to my baby’s arrival.   …Continue Reading Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!


10 Foods That Fight Stress

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The holidays can be a time of fun, joy, and excitement with the festivities, decorations, and for many of us, time off to relax and recharge. The season can also bring mental and physical stress, be it traveling, spending time with family, and/or extra financial   …Continue Reading 10 Foods That Fight Stress