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.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014