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Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016

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Rates of flu-like illness continued to climb over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This is consistent with what we typically see at this point of flu season in years past. And if prior flu seasons are any indication, we can   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016


Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

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I used to think that Halloween through New Year’s was the hardest time of the year to stick to my goal of eating healthfully, considering leftover candy from trick or treating, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and gatherings—the list goes on and on. By the time   …Continue Reading Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!


Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting

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This month’s Public Health Council meeting featured a series of presentations and discussions on proposed amendments to regulations, followed by informational updates on select Department initiatives. First the Council received updates from the Department on the status of proposed amendments to regulations related to: Safety Requirement for   …Continue Reading Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting


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