This week Commissioner Auerbach convened the initial meeting of the Department’s statewide H1N1 Advisory Committee to review and discuss planning for a comprehensive response to Influenza A H1N1 in Fall 2009. Participants included representatives from more that 36 public and private organizations, including the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Medical Society and many others. The Committee will meet monthly to advise the Department on H1N1 planning activities as we continue our planning for the upcoming flu season.
We continue to see influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity at higher levels than we would normally see this time of year in Massachusetts. However, ILI activity has decreased significantly over that past few weeks.
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The CDC gave a media briefing on various H1N1 and seasonal influenza topics on July 24. You can read a full transcript of the briefing by clicking here.
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