Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Public Health Advisory- Confirmed West Nile Virus 8/23/14

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported Friday afternoon (8/22) that a person has contracted the West Nile virus in Middlesex County. This is the state’s first human case this year. In the Greater Boston, health officials have found mosquito pools infected with the virus in South Boston, Arlington, Hyde Park, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Roslindale.

At this time there have been no cases detected in Worcester county, however this is the peak season for possible West Nile virus human infection. Please be vigilant and continue to take steps to protect yourselves against mosquito bites. State health officials are encouraging residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites using repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535. Residents should also avoid going outside at peak biting hours at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and residents should make efforts to remove flower pots and other containers that might collect standing water around the house where infected mosquitoes can breed.

Symptoms of West Nile virus in humans include fever and flu-like symptoms. People with compromised immune systems are most at-risk, including children and the elderly. For more updated information about this and ways to protect yourself please visit the websites listed.


Public Health Advisory 8/6/14

The City of Worcester Division of Public Health is concerned about an increase in deaths related to opiate overdoses in recent days. Preliminary testing indicates that contaminated heroin may be available on the streets. If you witness a suspected drug overdose please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Resources


Flu Shot Clinics

Wednesday October 1
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
QCC Main Campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester
Room 107 Administration Building

Thursday October 2
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester

FREE with the following insurances including Medicare Part B, PFFS type Medicare Advantage Plans, Aetna, BCBS of MA, Humana, Premera Blue Cross, SummaCare, Connecticare, Connecticare-Medicare VIP, ), Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health Plan, Fallon Community Health Plan, MassHealth, GIC Unicare State Indeminty Plan.
Please make sure you bring your insurance card and or method of payment with you.

View the Vaccine Information Statement 2014-2015 Influenza Vaccine Inactivated for more information.


It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.

What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Seasonal Influenza

For the 2014-2015 Influenza Season, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2014-2015.htm

See Additional resources for More information on the Flu.

Visit CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu. www.cdc.gov

Important note: This website is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care, only a supplement to it. If you believe you have a medical problem, please contact your family doctor or physician.