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Yearly Archives: 2015

3 Simple Steps to Fight the Flu Posted on Dec 7

3 Simple Steps to Fight the Flu

The flu is a serious disease that affects the body’s breathing system, including the nose, throat, and lungs. The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose and feeling very tired. Follow these three   …Continue Reading 3 Simple Steps to Fight the Flu

Weekly Flu Report, December 4, 2015 Posted on Dec 4

Rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth have remained low over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This is in keeping with typical flu trends as we head into December. But in fact we can be confident that flu will   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 4, 2015

The Importance of Hand Washing! Posted on Nov 30

The Importance of Hand Washing!

I spent the weekend preparing the house for Thanksgiving.  In a drawer, I came across a bar of soap in the shape of a duck that I had received years ago.  I had never used it because it wasn’t scented and it seemed too cute   …Continue Reading The Importance of Hand Washing!

Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015 Posted on Nov 27

Rates of flu-like illness remain at low levels in the Commonwealth, according to the latest weekly flu report. We can expect these numbers to rise in the weeks and months ahead, however, so now’s the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t done   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015

Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting Posted on Nov 23

Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting

“Since passage of the Massachusetts Act to Relative to Needlestick Injury Prevention, measurable progress has been made, but significant work remains in our efforts to eradicate preventable sharps injuries. Unfortunately, healthcare workers continue to bear the brunt of the burden of these potentially life-changing exposures.    …Continue Reading Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting

Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving! Posted on Nov 23

Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!

By Terri Mendoza and Gina Davin Thanksgiving is a time for food, thanks, love, family, friends, and more food. As wonderful as this time of year is, unfortunately it’s easy to get carried away with all of the holiday specialties and end up eating more   …Continue Reading Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!

Weekly Flu Report, November 20, 2015 Posted on Nov 20

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness remain low in the Commonwealth. In the meantime, the holiday season is fast approaching – and what better way  to stay healthy all the way through than by getting your flu shot? There’s plenty   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 20, 2015

Cómo Fomentar la Resiliencia Posted on Nov 18

Cómo Fomentar la Resiliencia

“No soy lo que me he sucedido, sino lo que elijo ser.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung Sea cual sea su edad, tal vez haya pasado momentos difíciles en la vida. Puede haber tenido experiencias traumáticas, perdido a seres queridos o quizás enfrente discriminación y prejuicios   …Continue Reading Cómo Fomentar la Resiliencia

Highlights of the November 18th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 18

The November monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of informational updates and presentations, and a final vote on one set of proposed amendments to public health regulations. First, the Council received an informational briefing from the Radiation Control Program on a   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 18th Public Health Council Meeting

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!