Welcome to the “Flu Facts” section of the Department of Public Health blog. Every week from now until the end of flu season, you’ll see the latest weekly data on the impact of influenza in Massachusetts. The weekly report is designed to provide a snapshot on rates of flu-like illness being reported by select health care providers and health care facilities in the state. The data is presented through a variety of lenses including age group, geographic location, and number of hospitalizations. You’ll also find information on rates of flu-like illness in the previous two years, to give a better idea on how this flu season is shaping up.
This week’s report shows that the rate of flu-like illness in Massachusetts is relatively low. That’s in keeping with how flu season tends to develop in this part of the country, where flu rates don’t tend to peak until February or even later into March. The good news is that there is still time to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the flu, by getting vaccinated. Contact your health care provider, your local board of health or a pharmacy in your area to get your flu shot today.
DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse
A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community posted on Apr 14
When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community
Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Apr 9
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of Determination of Need (DON) requests, followed by a set of three of informational presentations on pending amendments to regulations. The Council took up deliberations for a series of three Determination of Need requests, …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting