Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
As you can see in this week's flu report (Word|PDF), the rates of flu-like illness are up slightly from last week. However, it is not uncommon to see these sorts of small fluctuations throughout the season. Nevertheless, it is still not too late to get vaccinated. Call your health care provider or visit a local pharmacy – there is still plenty of vaccine available. In the meantime, be sure to cover your coughs with your elbow, wash your hands often with soap and water and stay home from school or work if you are feeling sick.
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