Tom Lyons, Department of Public Health
Public health people can sound like broken records during mosquito season – this is particularly true when we get into August and we are constantly reminding people about how to prevent mosquito bites. That's because right around now we start seeing more and more mosquitoes infected with either Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and with West Nile Virus (WNV). Today we announced that more EEE infected mosquitoes have been found in the town of Freetown. The season's first EEE mosquito sample was also found in Freetown back on July 20.
Our goal is to keep you and everyone else in Massachusetts healthy this summer, so please do everything you can to prevent mosquito bites for yourself and the people you care about. Please see our Public Service Announcement for our simple prevention tips.
Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22
Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge. In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries. These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014, …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20
When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained
Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14
The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting