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Weekly Flu Report, December 24, 2015 Posted on Dec 27

Rates of flu-like illness across the Commonwealth remain low according to the latest flu report. Nevertheless, flu will likely pick up in the New Year so make sure you and your loved ones start 2016 fully vaccinated against the flu. There is plenty of vaccine still   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 24, 2015

The Data Confirms It: Seatbelts Really Do Save Lives Posted on Dec 17

Did you know that there are over 100,000 motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts every year and that people are injured in nearly 40,000 of these crashes? Motor vehicle crashes are everyday tragedies that can change lives in a matter of seconds. Wearing a seat belt   …Continue Reading The Data Confirms It: Seatbelts Really Do Save Lives

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

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

Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities Posted on Aug 11

Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities

“The RLC started as a place to go when I was living on the street. Then – once I had a place to live, had reconnected with family, and had gotten other parts of my life back on track – it became a place to   …Continue Reading Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities

Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health Posted on Jun 16

Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health

Wait a minute!  That sounds like a teenager’s excuse for a messy room.  But a closer look reveals that cleaning may create new hazards while it eliminates dust, deodorizes diaper pails, and makes food preparation safer. This is a time of year when we think   …Continue Reading Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health

Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015 Posted on Apr 8

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on one Determination of Need request and several informational presentations related to DPH initiatives and proposed regulations. First, the Council took up a request from Steward St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston for a significant   …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, April 8, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015 Posted on Mar 27

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth over the past seven days, which is consistent with what we would expect to see at this point of flu season. Flu does however continue to be present   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015 Posted on Jan 23

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness during the past seven days. Flu season is certainly here in New England – but there are some simple, common-sense steps that you can take to keep from getting or spreading the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015