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Adults – Why Vaccines Are Important For You Posted on Aug 14

Did you know you need vaccines throughout your life? Even if you were fully vaccinated as a child, the protection from some vaccines you received can wear off over time and you may need a booster. There also are specific vaccines that you may need   …Continue Reading Adults – Why Vaccines Are Important For You

Pregnant? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself & Your Baby Posted on Aug 7

Vaccines are an important component of a healthy pregnancy and there are a few things to you need to know to protect yourself and your baby from vaccine-preventable diseases. Women should be up to date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive vaccines   …Continue Reading Pregnant? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself & Your Baby

Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection Posted on Jul 31

Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that children need vaccines right from the start. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of NIAM is to celebrate the benefits of   …Continue Reading Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer Posted on Jul 13

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. Radon is created when naturally occurring elements such as uranium and radium in rocks and soil break down during a process called radioactive decay. Once radon is emitted, it migrates upwards to the ground surface through   …Continue Reading Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention! Posted on Dec 30

Imagine if you could protect your child against cancer. Turns out, you can – with the HPV vaccine.  To highlight this, the American Cancer Society recently released a video series of HPV-related cancer survivors sharing their stories. These individuals serve as a powerful reminder of   …Continue Reading HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention!

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options Posted on Oct 26

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options

When colon cancer is caught early, it can be cured 90% of the time, yet a quarter of Massachusetts residents have never been screened or are not up-to-date with screening. The only way to catch colon cancer early is to get screened, and you have   …Continue Reading Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options

Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults Posted on Sep 22

Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

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

One Conversation Can Save a Life Posted on Sep 12

One Conversation Can Save a Life

 “If we are going to survive, we must build communities of caring and connection.” – Cecile Andrews September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and there is no better time to begin or renew our commitment to taking care of ourselves and each other. Too many   …Continue Reading One Conversation Can Save a Life

Ready for School? Check Those Vaccine Records! Posted on Aug 29

Ready for School? Check Those Vaccine Records!

It’s Back To School season so make sure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccines. Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Diseases can quickly   …Continue Reading Ready for School? Check Those Vaccine Records!

Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now Posted on Aug 8

Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now

Vaccines are an important component of a healthy pregnancy. Women should be up to date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive vaccines against both the flu and whooping cough (pertussis) during pregnancy. These vaccines not only protect the mother by preventing illnesses   …Continue Reading Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now