This week, we received more good news about the new H1N1 vaccine that's currently being tested. It now appears that children aged 10 to 17 years of age may only require one dose of the H1N1 vaccine, as opposed to the originally expected two doses. The final recommendations for this age group will be released in the coming weeks.
In addition, the CDC has released an H1N1 preparation guide for Community and Faith Based Organizations.People often turn to these groups for information and support, which gives these organizations the unique ability to connect with a wide variety of people and provide them with the information and resources they need. The guide contains information on how to communicate effectively with community members; how to help vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations; ideas on how to partner with local governments to assist in vaccine distribution, and how to adjust activities in ways that will help protect people from the flu.
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
A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community posted on Apr 14
When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community
Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Apr 9
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of Determination of Need (DON) requests, followed by a set of three of informational presentations on pending amendments to regulations. The Council took up deliberations for a series of three Determination of Need requests, …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting