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.
Weekly Flu Report, October 21, 2016 posted on Oct 21
Hello and welcome back to another flu season’s worth of Weekly Flu Reports. Each Friday from now through May you can check back here to see the latest information on the impact of flu in communities across Massachusetts. To kick things off, the first Weekly Flu …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 21, 2016
Highlights of the October 20th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Oct 20
The October monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a pair of Determination of Need requests, two votes on final amendments to regulations, and three informational briefings for Council members on the status of proposed regulatory amendments which have yet to come for a …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 20th Public Health Council Meeting
Domestic Violence Awareness Month posted on Oct 17
Many women experiencing domestic violence suffer in silence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the opportunity to shine the light on a public health issue impacting millions of people in America. Women experiencing domestic violence no longer need to suffer in silence; always remember …Continue Reading Domestic Violence Awareness Month