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Got a Preteen or Teen? Protect Their Future with Vaccines Posted on Aug 3

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines. To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and   …Continue Reading Got a Preteen or Teen? Protect Their Future with Vaccines

The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable! Posted on Jul 20

The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable!

Summertime… It’s time for fun in the sun, especially after such a brutal winter! But in addition to fun, summer often brings intense heat waves. According to the CDC, on average, extreme heat causes more U.S. deaths than other natural disasters.  Heat safety is clearly   …Continue Reading The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable!

Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That? Posted on Jun 23

Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That?

Summer is finally here – which means teens are out of school and looking for summer jobs.  In the spirit of promoting healthy, safe jobs for our future workforce, here’s the question of the season: Can teens drive for work? Many employers, educators, parents, and   …Continue Reading Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That?

Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health Posted on Jun 16

Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health

Wait a minute!  That sounds like a teenager’s excuse for a messy room.  But a closer look reveals that cleaning may create new hazards while it eliminates dust, deodorizes diaper pails, and makes food preparation safer. This is a time of year when we think   …Continue Reading Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health

Highlights of the June 10th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jun 10

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included votes on two Determination of Need (DoN) requests followed by an informational update for the Council from the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. First, the Council took up consideration of a Determination of   …Continue Reading Highlights of the June 10th Public Health Council Meeting

Weekly Flu Report, May 29, 2015 Posted on May 29

Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly during the last seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. A quick programming note: this week marks the final flu report for the 2014-2015 flu season. Here’s to a healthy, safe and fun summer and please check   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, May 29, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, May 22, 2015 Posted on May 22

Rates of flu-like illness continued to decline during the last 7 days, as noted in the latest weekly flu report which can be viewed here.

Sharing the Massachusetts Approach to Fighting a National Epidemic Posted on May 21

Today I had the distinct pleasure of appearing before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at a hearing entitled “What are the State Governments Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?”.  It was an honor   …Continue Reading Sharing the Massachusetts Approach to Fighting a National Epidemic

Weekly Flu Report, May 15, 2015 Posted on May 15

Rates of flu-like illness continued to decline over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. The full report can be viewed here.

Highlights of the May 13th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on May 13

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates and presentations from various DPH programs. First, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management Director Mary Clark provided an overview of DPH’s activities to support the health and medical aspects of the   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 13th Public Health Council Meeting