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.
Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18
We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists! But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list: …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting