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.
Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18
We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists! But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list: …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!
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