Today, we begin posting the Weekly Flu Report that's produced by our team of epidemiologists at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute throughout flu season. The goal of each weekly report is to provide detailed information on the impact of flu in our communities, as flu season continues. The documents look at flu from a variety of perspectives. What strains of flu are we seeing? How are flu rates varying between regions of the state? How does this flu season compare to previous years? You'll find the answers by clicking either of the links above.
To get the ball rolling, this week's flu report shows very low rates of flu-like illness in the state. This is entirely in keeping with what we usually see in Massachusetts so early in the flu season. Don't be fooled, though — we can expect these rates to rise in the coming months. The most effective way to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season is to get vaccinated against the flu. The flu vaccine is safe, effective, and in more plentiful supply this year than ever before.
Call your health care provider to make an appointment, or use this handy online flu clinic locator to find flu vaccination opportunities in your area. And in the meantime, we'll see you back here next week!
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
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!