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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

The End of Mosquito Season? Not Yet. Posted on Sep 18

The End of Mosquito Season?  Not Yet.

The calendar says September, but the Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Boston Public Health Commission, has announced the 12th human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts.   Health officials say even though it may no longer feel like summertime, it still makes   …Continue Reading The End of Mosquito Season? Not Yet.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month Posted on Sep 13

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

September marks Sepsis Awareness Month, which brings public education and awareness to this serious medical condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year.  Sepsis is caused by the body’s response to infection.  Left untreated, it can lead to tissue   …Continue Reading September is Sepsis Awareness Month

A Healthy Start Begins With On-Time Vaccination Posted on Aug 13

A Healthy Start Begins With On-Time Vaccination

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 vaccination and to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Vaccinating children   …Continue Reading A Healthy Start Begins With On-Time Vaccination

Work Outside? 7 Tips for Tick Safety This Summer Posted on Jul 25

Work Outside? 7 Tips for Tick Safety This Summer

Ticks are tiny bugs most likely found in shady, damp, brushy, wooded or grassy areas. If you work outdoors in any of these types of environments, you could be at risk of tick bites and the illnesses they can cause. The good news is that   …Continue Reading Work Outside? 7 Tips for Tick Safety This Summer

Parents: Why It’s Best to Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule Posted on Apr 23

Parents: Why It’s Best to Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule

Most parents vaccinate their children according to CDC’s recommended immunization schedule, protecting them from 14 potentially serious diseases before their second birthday. We are lucky in Massachusetts that we have high vaccination coverage for the majority of recommended vaccines. In fact, for children 19-35 months of   …Continue Reading Parents: Why It’s Best to Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule

Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work Posted on Apr 19

Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work

The topic of sexual harassment has received increased visibility in recent months. The #metoo and #timesup movements have inspired many people of all ages to speak about their experiences of sexual violence on social media. Some who have read and shared these stories remember a time in   …Continue Reading Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work

Welders: Take Steps to Identify Hazards at Work Posted on Apr 2

Welders: Take Steps to Identify Hazards at Work

Welding has so many uses in today’s world, from allowing I-beams to hold buildings up to creating wrought iron designs, metal jewelry, and other decorative work. But as you might imagine, there are risks involved with the light, heat and fumes produced by welding. So   …Continue Reading Welders: Take Steps to Identify Hazards at Work

How You Can Protect Yourself from the Flu Posted on Feb 13

We know many of you are worried about the flu this season.  Commissioner Monica Bharel and Dr. Al DeMaria have a video message for you about how you can protect yourself, your loved ones and the public from the flu.  Take these steps: Cover your   …Continue Reading How You Can Protect Yourself from the Flu

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Posted on Jan 2

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

Imagine if you could protect your child against cancer. Turns out, you can – with the HPV vaccine. What you need to know about HPV and HPV-related cancers HPV vaccine is important because it protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a very   …Continue Reading HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention