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!
Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22
Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge. In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries. These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014, …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20
When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained
Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting