Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
We've begun to see an uptick in flu rates in Massachusetts, according to the latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF). If this flu season is like most previous ones, we can expect to see flu rates continue on the upswing into the new year, and not even peak until late February or March. The good news is that there continues to be plenty of flu vaccine available and it's absolutely not too late to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. Call your health care provider to make an appointment, or search for a convenient local flu vaccination clinic near you at www.mylocalclinic.com.
Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA posted on Apr 23
Registration for the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference is open! This event, to be held May 20, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA attracts professionals from local public health organizations, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, college health, hospitals, physician practices, community health centers, employers, health …Continue Reading Working Together to Improve Adult Immunization Rates in MA
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
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