Hi everyone and welcome back to the “Flu Facts” category on the DPH blog. This week marks the official beginning of our weekly reports on the amounts of flu-like illness we’re seeing in the state. We’ll be posting these reports every week between now and the end of flu season in May.
As you’ll see in this week’s report, we’re currently seeing very little evidence of flu in our communities. That’s about normal for this early in the flu season – we usually don’t see a lot of flu until late November or early December, and the flu season usually doesn’t peak until February or early March.
The good news is that we expect to have more flu vaccine available this year than ever before. And the even better news is that one flu vaccine does it all – there’s no need for a separate H1N1 flu shot like last year. That’s because this year’s vaccine protects against all three major strains of flu that are circulating this season, including H1N1.
To get vaccinated, contact your health care provider or search for a clinic in your area. If you don’t see one near you, please check back as we head into the fall. More locations will continue to be added to the list. And for the latest news on flu season in Massachusetts, check back here.
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
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