As summer comes to an end, that means back to school time again in Massachusetts. With all those crowded hallways, classrooms, and dorms, schools are particularly vulnerable to flu transmission, and this year flu preparation is more important than ever.
To assist schools in their planning, this week the Department of Public Health sent an electronic toolkit to all superintendents and school administrators in the state outlining recommendations and guidelines for flu preparation. These materials can all be found on our website and we encourage everyone to take a look. Resources include FAQ’s for parents, a flu symptom checklist, an educational poster and a song to help you teach kids the importance of hand washing. If you’re a parent, there’s important information for you as well, so please take a moment to learn how to protect yourself and your child from the flu.
A good example of how a local university is preparing for flu season was aired on NECN earlier this week. Administrators at UMass Lowell handed out a flu prevention letter to students as they returned to campus and have undertaken additional marketing techniques to make sure that all students are aware of the simple steps they can take to prevent flu transmission. You can watch the video here.
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
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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