You may have heard a lot on the news recently about Zika virus. It causes an illness spread by mosquitoes carrying the virus. As of now, Zika virus has been found in mosquitoes in Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean islands. It has …Continue Reading Zika Virus and Travel: Advice for Women
As parents, we do everything we can to protect our children’s health – for today and for the future. Now there is a powerful weapon to prevent several types of cancer in our sons and daughters: the HPV vaccine. All kids who are 11 or …Continue Reading A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer: Learn More about the HPV Vaccine
Rates of flu-like illness across the Commonwealth remain low according to the latest flu report. Nevertheless, flu will likely pick up in the New Year so make sure you and your loved ones start 2016 fully vaccinated against the flu. There is plenty of vaccine still …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 24, 2015
This week’s flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness remain low across the Commonwealth. This is typical for this time of year, however, as many of us will be spending extended time with family and friends over the coming week there is no better time to get …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 18, 2015
Prediabetes? Is this a real thing? Yes! Prediabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal and that you are in danger of developing type 2 diabetes within a few years. Your health may already be affected. In Massachusetts, 35% of adults have …Continue Reading Do You Have Prediabetes? Find Out Now!
Hi everyone and welcome back to another season’s worth of Weekly Flu Reports. Each Friday from now through May you can check back here to see the latest information on the impact of flu in communities across Massachusetts. To kick things off, the first Weekly …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 23, 2015
Back-to-school season is here. While you are gathering the necessary school supplies, like new clothes and back packs, make sure you schedule an appointment with your child’s healthcare provider for their annual wellness visit. As part of this visit your child may receive a recommended vaccine. Schools …Continue Reading Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases
As a parent, you want to do what is best for your child. You’re probably aware of the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep kids safe. But did you know that one of the best ways to protect your child …Continue Reading Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
You might think that vaccines are only for children – but in truth they’re valuable for adults as well. Are you one of the millions of adults not aware of the vaccines you need? There are many reasons why adults should be vaccinated. Each year, …Continue Reading Vaccines: Not Just for Kids!
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
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