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, February 12, 2016 posted on Feb 12
Rates of flu-like illness continued to climb over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This is consistent with what we typically see at this point of flu season in years past. And if prior flu seasons are any indication, we can …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016
Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier! posted on Feb 11
I used to think that Halloween through New Year’s was the hardest time of the year to stick to my goal of eating healthfully, considering leftover candy from trick or treating, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and gatherings—the list goes on and on. By the time …Continue Reading Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!
Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Feb 10
This month’s Public Health Council meeting featured a series of presentations and discussions on proposed amendments to regulations, followed by informational updates on select Department initiatives. First the Council received updates from the Department on the status of proposed amendments to regulations related to: Safety Requirement for …Continue Reading Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting