Seasonal Flu Alert: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have officially declared a flu epidemic for the United States. Flu activity is widespread. As reported in the news, this year's vaccine components may not be well-matched for the predominent flu (H3N2) that is now circulating but may still offer some protection. However, there are still things you can do to help keep you and your family healthy this winter.
If you think you have been infected with the flu and have symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately. The severity of the illness may be modified if you receive treatment with an antiviral medication soon after symptoms are present.
ENTEROVIRUS D68: Most people have now heard about Enterovirus D68 (EV-68). There are over 100 types of enteroviruses which cause about 10 - 15 million infections in the US each year. These infections are especially common in the summer and fall. The best protection against enteroviruses of any kind is frequent hand washing with soap and water. In addition, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands and sharing cups or utensils with sick people. Frequent disinfection of surfaces is also recommended. There is no vaccine available for EV-68. If you or your child is suffering from severe respiratory illness or muscle weakness after a viral illness, seek medical assistance. For more information on Enterovirus D68 please visit:http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html
Upcoming Board Meetings ** All Board Meetings are held at 90 Colon Street, 7:30am unless otherwise noted**
Wednesday February 11, 2015
Wednesday March 11, 2015
Wednesday April 15, 2015
Wednesday May 13, 2015
Wednesdau June 10, 2015
(1) Mercury Recovery Program
Beverly Health Department Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
*** Closed Holidays ***
If you have any questions, complaints or concerns, please call the Health Department office at (978) 921-8591.
Beverly Health Department • 90 Colon Street • Beverly, MA 01915 • Phone: (978) 921-8591 • Fax: (978) 922-5695