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.
Blueberries for All! posted on Jul 22
July is National Blueberry Month! Since the entire month is dedicated to blueberries, this is a great time to remind ourselves how healthy blueberries are, as well as learn about the different ways we can enjoy them. These delicious berries are low in calories and …Continue Reading Blueberries for All!
Highlights of the July 16 Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jul 16
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured discussions on two Determination of Need (DoN) requests, a final vote on proposed amendments to existing regulations related to prevention and treatment of sports concussions among student athletes, and two informational presentations on current DPH activities …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 16 Public Health Council Meeting
Your Peaceful Place posted on Jul 16
Where do you go to de-stress and find peace? You know, that special place that relaxes you, refreshes your mind, body, and spirit, and makes your heart sing. For some, it’s a room in their home; for others, it’s a quiet place in a park …Continue Reading Your Peaceful Place