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.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race! posted on Mar 20
How to achieve your healthy lifestyle goals this National Nutrition Month! By Campbell Reiff It’s March, and you know what that means – spring is here! March is not only the month for the change in seasons, but is also National Nutrition Month! This month, the …Continue Reading Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
Weekly Flu Report, March 17, 2017 posted on Mar 17
Rates of flu-like illness rebounded slightly over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. Regardless of the swings from week to week, it’s important to note that we can expect to see flu continuing to circulate in our communities well into springtime. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 17, 2017
Making Strides to Better Understanding Environmental Exposure posted on Mar 16
In partnership with the CDC, DPH is looking at the impact of certain environmental chemicals – such as lead and mercury – on Massachusetts residents. This technique, known as biomonitoring, measures environmental chemicals in the human body. Through a state-wide study, DPH is trying …Continue Reading Making Strides to Better Understanding Environmental Exposure