Rates of flu-like illness continue at relatively low levels, according to this week's report. But winter is officially upon us, and we can expect these rates to climb as we head into January and February. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get a flu vaccine. It's absolutely not too late — find a local flu clinic at this searchable online database or call your health care provider today.
In the meantime, a brief program note: next week's flu report will be published on Friday, December 30th. After that, we'll return to publishing on Thursdays as usual.
Best wishes to you and yours this 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!