National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is April 18-25, 2015. The Department of …Continue Reading Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week!
The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness declined during the past seven days. This is in keeping with how flu season tends to wind down in New England at this time of year. You can help stop the spread of illness …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 17, 2015
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like activity in Massachusetts over the past seven days. It’s important to note that flu does continue to circulate in our communities, which is why it’s so important that we continue to take …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 10, 2015
On behalf of DPH and the many partners involved, congratulations to the teen winners and finalists of the 5th annual Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest! Last month’s award ceremony at the State House was inspiring as always. Seeing finalists and their families come together …Continue Reading Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on one Determination of Need request and several informational presentations related to DPH initiatives and proposed regulations. First, the Council took up a request from Steward St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston for a significant …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015
This week’s flu report shows a slight 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 3, 2015
“Many of the most serious hazards are the Silent Killers – the ones we can’t see…. American workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are known or suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in …Continue Reading Workplace Poisonings Are Preventable – Know Your Rights!
This week marks the commemoration of National LGBT Health Awareness Week. At DPH this is not only an occasion to celebrate the strides that we as a Commonwealth have made in reducing disparities in health care and health outcomes among people who identify as lesbian, …Continue Reading Working to Eliminate Health Disparities Among LGBT People
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth over the past seven days, which is consistent with what we would expect to see at this point of flu season. Flu does however continue to be present …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015
Last week I was thrilled to join so many dedicated young people from all across the Commonwealth at my first Kick Butts Day at the State House. Kick Butts Day is an event that focuses on raising awareness on the dangers of tobacco–and how young …Continue Reading A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History
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