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.
The Importance of Hand Washing! posted on Nov 30
I spent the weekend preparing the house for Thanksgiving. In a drawer, I came across a bar of soap in the shape of a duck that I had received years ago. I had never used it because it wasn’t scented and it seemed too cute …Continue Reading The Importance of Hand Washing!
Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015 posted on Nov 27
Rates of flu-like illness remain at low levels in the Commonwealth, according to the latest weekly flu report. We can expect these numbers to rise in the weeks and months ahead, however, so now’s the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t done …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015
Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting posted on Nov 23
“Since passage of the Massachusetts Act to Relative to Needlestick Injury Prevention, measurable progress has been made, but significant work remains in our efforts to eradicate preventable sharps injuries. Unfortunately, healthcare workers continue to bear the brunt of the burden of these potentially life-changing exposures. …Continue Reading Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting