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, December 2, 2016 posted on Dec 2
The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness rose slightly in the past seven days in Massachusetts. Still, it’s safe to say that flu season has yet to really kick in – which means there is still time to protect yourself and your family …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2016
Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season! posted on Nov 29
By Tracey Munson and Meaghan Sutherland The holiday season is on our doorstep, accompanied by an endless supply of gravy, fudge, gingerbread, and figgy pudding (okay, maybe not that last one). While enjoying some of these foods is something we look forward to every year, …Continue Reading Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season!
Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides posted on Nov 28
Do you or someone you love use the services of a home care aide? Nearly 50,000 people—mostly women—work in this growing occupation in Massachusetts. You may be surprised to learn that recent data show that home care aides are twice as likely to have asthma …Continue Reading Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides