This Week's Developments:
On Monday, we had the unfortunate duty of announcing an H1N1-related death of a 26 year-old resident who had no known underlying health conditions. The death of a young, healthy individual is a tragic reminder of the seriousness of influenza, and underscores the importance of our planning for the upcoming flu season. So far we've identified nearly 1400 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu, although the actual number of cases is much higher given that only the most serious cases are tested.
The pace of planning on the national, state and local levels is accelerating substantially as we head into the fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released two helpful toolkits that will assist businesses and colleges and universities in dealing with a myriad of planning issues related to the expected resurgence of H1N1 flu in the coming months.
Both of the toolkits offer concrete steps that these organizations can take to better prepare for flu season.
Earlier today, DPH Commissioner John Auerbach joined Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Dr. Barbara Ferrer at the Boston Public Health Commission's Boston Influenza Preparedness Summit at the Harvard Medical School Campus. More than 500 individuals representing government, public health, health care, schools, businesses, organized labor, faith based organizations, and long-term care facilities came together to hear the latest on flu planning activities in Boston. Attendees also had an opportunity to attend ten different break-out sessions on various topics related to flu response. DPH will host a similar statewide flu response conference later in September.
Making Your Summer POP! posted on Jul 19
Few things are better than an ice-cold popsicle on a hot summer day! I have vivid memories from my childhood running around through the sprinkler and various neighbors’ yards enjoying the summer sun. At that age, having a messy red ring around your mouth from …Continue Reading Making Your Summer POP!
Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces posted on Jul 18
Wellness programs are good for business. They can lead to better performing workers, lower absenteeism and decreased healthcare and insurance costs. Now, small businesses can be rewarded for these efforts! The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive gives small businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit …Continue Reading Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces
Climate and Health: We Track That! posted on Jul 15
Extreme heat events are one of the most common causes of weather-related deaths in the United States – and the number of heat-related deaths is rising. More frequent and severe heat waves are likely to occur as climate change continues to change weather patterns. These …Continue Reading Climate and Health: We Track That!