Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
This week's flu report (Word, PDF) shows that rates of flu-like illness continued to drop during the past week. This is certainly welcome news, however it's important to note that we can expect to continue to see flu activity in our communities well into spring. If you have yet to be vaccinated, it's absolutely not to late to do so. Contact your health care provider or visit a local pharmacy in your community – there is still plenty of flu vaccine available. And in the meantime, keep covering those coughs and sneezes with your elbow, wash your hands often with soap and warm water, and stay home from work or school if you're sick.
Native Corn posted on Aug 20
Summer in New England When I think of summer — my favorite season, by the way — memories of summers past often come to mind. And my favorite warm-weather memories involve beach time with family, followed by a cookout. For me, there isn’t a better …Continue Reading Native Corn
Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun posted on Aug 19
Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Take them to a farmers’ market! With more and more markets featuring demonstrations, music and other entertainment, it’s a great family outing. As an added bonus, bringing your children to a farmers’ market may …Continue Reading Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun
Highlights of the August 13th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Aug 13
The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured three Determination of Need (DoN) requests and a series of presentations and updates from the Department. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need request involving a transfer of ownership of Wing Memorial Hospital in …Continue Reading Highlights of the August 13th Public Health Council Meeting