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Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot Posted on Oct 8

Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot

This year, the first full week of October marks the start of Massachusetts’ flu surveillance monitoring and reporting for the 2019-2020 flu season. To monitor flu in the state, DPH uses a variety of disease surveillance methods including lab testing, voluntary reporting by health care   …Continue Reading Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot

Working Together to Prevent Sepsis Posted on Sep 13

Working Together to Prevent Sepsis

Sepsis is a medical emergency caused by the body’s response to infection, and when left untreated, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death. It can be caused by almost any infection, and anyone can develop an infection in their body, but   …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Sepsis

Fighting Infection – Then and Now Posted on Apr 26

Fighting Infection – Then and Now

A little more than one hundred years ago, an influenza pandemic swept the globe – infecting an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killing at least 50 million people. Thankfully, much has changed in both science and public health since then. With each flu   …Continue Reading Fighting Infection – Then and Now

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention Posted on Mar 15

Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention held its annual Statehouse Day this week, highlighting the devastating impact of suicide on families and communities and thanking advocates for sharing their own heart-wrenching stories to bring attention to the issue in the Commonwealth. Among the speakers was   …Continue Reading Statehouse Day Draws Attention to Suicide Prevention

When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens Posted on Mar 4

When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens

This coming weekend we move the clocks forward an hour for daylight savings time – losing an hour of sleep in the process. As we prepare to make that adjustment, now’s a good opportunity to think about the importance of sleep in our daily lives –   …Continue Reading When the Clocks Change: Preventing Drowsy Driving Among Teens

Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH Posted on Mar 1

Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH

Hundreds of public health professionals, representatives of community-based organizations and municipal government, and prevention advocates will gather in Worcester next month for the statewide Ounce of Prevention conference, hosted annually by the Department of Public Health. The conference, marking DPH’s 150th year, takes place April   …Continue Reading Annual Conference to Mark 150th Anniversary of DPH

Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships Posted on Feb 13

Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships

Did you know: 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a dating partner? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and it’s a good time to remind teenagers how to recognize the signs   …Continue Reading Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu Posted on Dec 20

DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

Have you had your flu shot yet?  Nearly half of those who should get vaccinated don’t get their flu shots, leading to thousands of hospitalizations every year. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the New England Revolution to remind you that while soccer season may   …Continue Reading DPH Teams Up with the New England Revolution to Fight the Flu

Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job Posted on Nov 6

Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job

In just the past week, there have been six vehicle crashes at school bus stops in the US, resulting in the deaths of five children. While none took place in Massachusetts, this is a powerful reminder that we need to do everything we can to   …Continue Reading Three Steps That Help Crossing Guards Do Their Job

The End of Mosquito Season? Not Yet. Posted on Sep 18

The End of Mosquito Season?  Not Yet.

The calendar says September, but the Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Boston Public Health Commission, has announced the 12th human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts.   Health officials say even though it may no longer feel like summertime, it still makes   …Continue Reading The End of Mosquito Season? Not Yet.