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.
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