Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Rates of flu-like illness ticked downward slightly over the past week, according to the latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF). Meanwhile, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data that indicate this flu season may be more severe than recent years. And here in New England, flu rates don't peak until February or March — all of which is to say there's still plenty of time to protect yourself against the flu this winter by getting vaccinated. Celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week by calling your health care provider to get a flu shot or searching for a local flu clinic at www.mylocalclinic.com.
Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options posted on Oct 26
When colon cancer is caught early, it can be cured 90% of the time, yet a quarter of Massachusetts residents have never been screened or are not up-to-date with screening. The only way to catch colon cancer early is to get screened, and you have …Continue Reading Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives — Know Your Options
Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week posted on Oct 26
This week the DPH Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Substantial gains have been made in preventing exposure to lead through 45 years of public health interventions. Despite …Continue Reading Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Healthy Treats, or Tricks? posted on Oct 25
By Meng Zhang It’s that time of year again. Ghosts, goblins and (often) gooey treats! Do your kids have a sweet tooth? While it’s okay for them to enjoy some of their favorite treats once in a while, it’s always nice to try something different…and …Continue Reading Healthy Treats, or Tricks?