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Weekly Flu Report, February 21, 2014 Posted on Feb 21

Rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts have dipped slightly, according to the latest weekly flu report. But rest assured that there is still plenty of flu season yet to come, and if you have not gotten a flu shot it’s absolutely not too late. Call your   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 21, 2014

Weekly Flu Report, February 7, 2014 Posted on Feb 7

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness dipped slightly in the Commonwealth in the past seven days. Flu is unpredictable though, and it’s too soon to say whether we’ve seen the peak of flu season just yet. In any event there is   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 7, 2014

Weekly Flu Report, November 22, 2013 Posted on Nov 22

This week’s flu report shows a slight uptick in the amount of flu-like illness being reported by health care providers across the state. This in keeping with how flu season tends to ramp at this time of the year in New England. As we head into   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 22, 2013

Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 13

Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured discussions on a wide range of topics, including three Determination of Need (DoN) requests from area health care facilities; a series of proposed amendments to existing public health regulations; and an update for the Council on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights from the October 16th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Oct 16

Highlights from the October 16th Public Health Council Meeting

The October 16th monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request from an area health care facility, followed by a pair of updates for Council members on the status of proposed amendments to regulations, and finally an   …Continue Reading Highlights from the October 16th Public Health Council Meeting

Start Talking to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol Early and Often Posted on Sep 11

Start Talking to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol Early and Often

It is important to start talking with your child at an early age about not using drugs and alcohol. Research has shown that parents are their children’s strongest role models and knowing that you would be upset if they used alcohol or drugs, will help   …Continue Reading Start Talking to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol Early and Often

Stakeholders Praise DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations as Model for Other States Posted on May 24

Stakeholders Praise DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations as Model for Other States

Posted by Cheryl Bartlett, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Public Health Medical marijuana regulations are in effect in Massachusetts as of today, March 24, 2013. This follows a comprehensive series of town hall meeting and public hearing, and a unanimous vote of support from the   …Continue Reading Stakeholders Praise DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations as Model for Other States

Climate Variability and Health Impact Assessment Symposium at Massasoit Community College Posted on May 15

Climate Variability and Health Impact Assessment Symposium at Massasoit Community College

Posted by Suzanne Condon, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Health The Bureau of Environmental Health in collaboration with the Bureau of Infectious Disease, the Emergency Preparedness Bureau, the Bureau of Laboratory Sciences, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and its Department   …Continue Reading Climate Variability and Health Impact Assessment Symposium at Massasoit Community College

Don’t miss the Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference! Posted on Apr 30

Don’t miss the Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference!

  Posted by Donna Lazorik, RN, MS. Donna is the Immunization Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Registration for the 18th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 21, 2013, at   …Continue Reading Don’t miss the Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference!

Preventing Construction Falls in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 23

Preventing Construction Falls in Massachusetts

Posted by Sara Rattigan, a health communication specialist in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Most of us spend a majority of our waking lives at work, and many of us can take for granted a relatively safe work   …Continue Reading Preventing Construction Falls in Massachusetts