If you have asthma, you’re probably familiar with the wheezing, breathlessness and coughing that come with it. But did you know that the flu can make your asthma worse, and that having asthma puts you at higher risk for serious flu complications? According to the CDC, even if your asthma is controlled by medicine, getting the flu can make your asthma more severe. It can even land you in the hospital.
The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and best way to protect against the flu. People with asthma or other medical conditions should get the flu shot rather than the nasal spray.
While flu symptoms and severity can vary, the flu is typically worse than the common cold. Symptoms can include fever, headache, tiredness, cough and muscle aches. Vomiting and diarrhea also can occur, although this is more common in children.
There is still plenty of vaccine available so call your health care provider to schedule an appointment or search for a public flu clinic online at http://www.mylocalclinic.com. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/flu
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
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 posted on Dec 10
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! posted on Dec 8
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!