This week's flu report shows very low levels of flu activity in Massachusetts, as in previous weeks. While we wait for flu season to kick into high gear, now's a great time to talk about the simple ways that you can protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the flu. First, the single most effective step you can take is to get a flu shot. There are plentiful supplies of flu vaccine available this year, so call your health care provider or look for a community clinic in your area by clicking on this searchable database.
It's also important to remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, to cover your cough or sneeze with your inner arm rather than your hands, and stay home from work or school if you're sick. And be sure to check back here for more details about flu in Massachusetts throughout flu season.
Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22
Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge. In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries. These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014, …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20
When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained
Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting