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.
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
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!