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, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014