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.
A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History posted on Mar 24
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
Weekly Flu Report, March 20, 2015 posted on Mar 20
The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly in the past seven days, following several weeks of declining numbers. This is in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu, and is an indication that flu continues to spread in our …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 20, 2015
National Nutrition Month posted on Mar 17
March is National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors this campaign each year, encouraging people to make informed food choices and get daily physical activity. This year, the theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Small, bite sized changes are all it …Continue Reading National Nutrition Month