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Tag Archives: Prevention

Weekly Flu Report, December 18, 2015 Posted on Dec 18

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

Do You Have Prediabetes? Find Out Now! Posted on Nov 17

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!

Weekly Flu Report, October 23, 2015 Posted on Oct 23

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

Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases Posted on Aug 31

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

Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child Posted on Aug 24

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

Vaccines: Not Just for Kids! Posted on Aug 17

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!

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

Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week! Posted on Apr 20

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!

Workplace Poisonings Are Preventable – Know Your Rights! Posted on Apr 2

Workplace Poisonings Are Preventable – Know Your Rights!

“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!

A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History Posted on Mar 24

A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History

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