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.
National Minority Health Month: A Focus on Oral Health posted on Apr 25
April is National Minority Health Month – a time for us to highlight the Department’s work promoting the well-being of racial, ethnic and linguistic minority populations throughout the Commonwealth. Spearheaded by our Office of Health Equity (OHE), all DPH programs strive to respond effectively to …Continue Reading National Minority Health Month: A Focus on Oral Health
Don’t Fall Behind – Vaccinate On Time! posted on Apr 24
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization partners in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is April 22-29, 2017. One of the …Continue Reading Don’t Fall Behind – Vaccinate On Time!
Weekly Flu Report, April 21, 2017 posted on Apr 21
The latest weekly flu report shows a drop in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. Even so, we can expect flu to continue to circulate in our communities well into spring – so it’s not too late to get a flu shot …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 21, 2017