Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
According to this week's flu report (Word, PDF), Massachusetts has experienced a dramatic increase in flu activity over the past couple of weeks. This is consistent with what is being seen in surrounding states and nationally.
The good news is that CDC reports over 99% of the cases they have seen have been a match to this season's vaccine. With that in mind, and the holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to get a flu shot if you haven't gotten one yet — there's still plenty of vaccine available and plenty of places to get it. Check with your health care provider or search for a flu vaccine opportunity in your area at www.mylocalclinic.com .
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!