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It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Vaccine!

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As the busy schedule of the holiday season approaches, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get   …Continue Reading It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Vaccine!


Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2016

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The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness rose slightly in the past seven days in Massachusetts. Still, it’s safe to say that flu season has yet to really kick in – which means there is still time to protect yourself and your family   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2016


Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season!

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By Tracey Munson and Meaghan Sutherland The holiday season is on our doorstep, accompanied by an endless supply of gravy, fudge, gingerbread, and figgy pudding (okay, maybe not that last one).  While enjoying some of these foods is something we look forward to every year,   …Continue Reading Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season!


Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

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Do you or someone you love use the services of a home care aide?  Nearly 50,000 people—mostly women—work in this growing occupation in Massachusetts.  You may be surprised to learn that recent data show that home care aides are twice as likely to have asthma   …Continue Reading Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides


Weekly Flu Report, November 25, 2016

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The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness continue to be low in Massachusetts. There is still time to get protected against the flu this season by getting a flu shot. You can find flu vaccination opportunities by calling your health care provider,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 25, 2016


Holiday Helpers

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An extra set of hands in the kitchen can be really helpful… especially on holidays! This Thanksgiving, try holiday cooking with your kids as a fantastic family activity! When having a fun and memorable experience with food and nutrition, kids will not only become more   …Continue Reading Holiday Helpers


Weekly Flu Report, November 18, 2016

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The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness continue to be low in Massachusetts. There is still time to get protected against the flu this season by getting a flu shot. You can find flu vaccination opportunities by calling your health care provider, your   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 18, 2016


Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

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The latest data show that women in Massachusetts are much less likely to obtain oral health care during pregnancy than before pregnancy. That’s a trend that the Department and our partners in the provider community are working to reverse. Earlier this year DPH released the   …Continue Reading Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word


This November, Don’t Take a Break from Managing Your Diabetes!

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By Terri Mendoza and Jocelyn Brault The holiday season can be a difficult time for people who are trying to keep an eye on what they eat and how active they are.  For the nearly 28 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes, this time   …Continue Reading This November, Don’t Take a Break from Managing Your Diabetes!


Weekly Flu Report, November 11, 2016

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Rates of flu-like illness remain relatively low, according to the latest weekly flu report. But flu season has yet to really get going, and that means there’s still time to get a flu shot and protect yourself and your family from what can be a very   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 11, 2016