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Fighting Infection – Then and Now Posted on Apr 26

Fighting Infection – Then and Now

A little more than one hundred years ago, an influenza pandemic swept the globe – infecting an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killing at least 50 million people. Thankfully, much has changed in both science and public health since then. With each flu   …Continue Reading Fighting Infection – Then and Now

Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health Posted on Mar 28

Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health

Throughout our Department’s 150th anniversary year we will be highlighting aspects of our work and history. This month, we focus on an area that touches virtually every single Massachusetts resident: our Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. In addition to their most visible public function   …Continue Reading Vital Records and Statistics: An Essential Foundation for Public Health

Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 14

Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts

For many teens in Massachusetts and elsewhere, having a job is an invaluable way to gain real-life work experience, explore different career paths, and make money for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, though, many teens across the U.S. are injured on the job. In fact,   …Continue Reading Putting the Focus on Teen Worker Safety in Massachusetts

Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships Posted on Feb 13

Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships

Did you know: 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a dating partner? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and it’s a good time to remind teenagers how to recognize the signs   …Continue Reading Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu Posted on Dec 20

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

Have you had your flu shot yet?  Nearly half of those who should get vaccinated don’t get their flu shots, leading to thousands of hospitalizations every year. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the New England Revolution to remind you that while soccer season may   …Continue Reading DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

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

Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet?

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 Posted on Oct 12

Weekly Flu Report, October 12, 2018

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

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

The End of Mosquito Season?  Not Yet.

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.

Highlights of the May 9th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on May 9

Highlights of the May 9th Public Health Council Meeting

The May monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included consideration of a Determination of Need (DoN) request, an update on proposed amendments to regulations currently in process, a series of informational presentations on various DPH initiatives, and finally a farewell to a true institution at   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 9th Public Health Council Meeting

Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work Posted on Apr 19

Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work

The topic of sexual harassment has received increased visibility in recent months. The #metoo and #timesup movements have inspired many people of all ages to speak about their experiences of sexual violence on social media. Some who have read and shared these stories remember a time in   …Continue Reading Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work