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Weekly Flu Report, November 16, 2018 Posted on Nov 16

The latest weekly flu report indicates an increase in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. We expect these numbers to rise as we head deeper into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 16, 2018

Highlights of the November 14th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 14

Highlights of the November 14th Public Health Council Meeting

The November meeting of the Public Health Council included a Determination of Need (DoN) request, followed by two final votes on proposed amendments to public health regulations. First, the Council took up a request for significant change to an existing DoN held by Baystate Health,   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 14th Public Health Council Meeting

Use the Right Tool for the Job Posted on Nov 13

Use the Right Tool for the Job

Just as a hammer is the wrong tool to shovel snow, an antibiotic is the wrong “tool” to treat infections caused by viruses, including colds and flu. Antibiotics only fight infections caused by bacteria. Like all medications they can be harmful and should only be   …Continue Reading Use the Right Tool for the Job

Weekly Flu Report, November 9, 2018 Posted on Nov 9

This week’s flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness dipped slightly over the past seven days. But it’s still early in flu season and we expect these rates to rise. The good news is that flu vaccine is available across the state at multiple locations,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 9, 2018

Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job Posted on Nov 6

Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job

In just the past week, there have been six vehicle crashes at school bus stops in the US, resulting in the deaths of five children. While none took place in Massachusetts, this is a powerful reminder that we need to do everything we can to   …Continue Reading Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job

Weekly Flu Report, November 2, 2018 Posted on Nov 2

Rates of influenza-like illness dipped slightly over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. However we can expect these number to increase as we head deeper into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot if you   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 2, 2018

Weekly Flu Report, October 26, 2018 Posted on Oct 26

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness rose over the past seven days. We can expect these rates to continue upward as we head deeper into flu season, so now is the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 26, 2018

Make Sure Infants Are Sleeping Safely Posted on Oct 23

Make Sure Infants Are Sleeping Safely

Each year, approximately 30-40 Massachusetts infants die due to sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), sometimes called SIDS. Research shows that many of these tragic deaths occur in sleep positions and environments that are unsafe. To prevent the risk of SUID, public health officials are rolling   …Continue Reading Make Sure Infants Are Sleeping Safely

Weekly Flu Report, October 19, 2018 Posted on Oct 19

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness in the state increased slightly in the past seven days. The good news is that you can protect yourself and your family from getting sick this flu season by getting vaccinated. Flu vaccine is available across   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 19, 2018

Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet? Posted on Oct 12

Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet?

Flu season is here and it’s time to get your flu shot! Massachusetts public health officials are recommending that everyone take steps to prevent the spread of flu by getting vaccinated now. “Last year’s flu season was among the most severe on record and getting   …Continue Reading Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet?