This week's flu report shows that flu activity is now considered "widespread", which means that we're seeing more and more flu in our communities. Most flu seasons don't really peak until well in February and even early March, so there's still time to protect yourself and your family from the flu.
First, if you haven't gotten vaccinated yet it's not too late. Contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. Or if it's more convenient, find a flu clinic in your area on this searchable database.
Second, we can all work to stop the spread of illness by taking a few simple steps in our daily lives. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, cover your mouth with your inner sleeve rather than your hands, or use a tissue. Wash your hands often using soap and warm water. And if you're sick, stay home from work or school so you don't spread it around.
Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA posted on Apr 23
Registration for the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 20, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA attracts professionals from local public health organizations, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, employers, health …Continue Reading Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse