Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Rates of flu-like illness are still relatively low in the state, as measured by this week's flu report. (Weekly_flu_report_10-26-12) The good news is that there's still time to prepare for flu season by getting a flu shot. There is plenty of flu vaccine available across the state, and you can get yours either at your health care provider's office or by searching for a local flu clinic in your area at www.mylocalclinic.com.
And speaking of being prepared, you might have heard about Hurricane Sandy which is currently making her way north from the Caribbean Sea. We still don't know the exact path the storm will take, or what impact it might have on New England. But in the meantime now is a great time to learn some basic ways that you can get prepared just in case.
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