Health Tips

To Vaccinate or Not: That is the Questions

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages, including babies and young children.


Vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, even deadly. Although many of these diseases―including measles, mumps, polio, rubella, and whooping cough―are rare in this country, they still occur around the world and can be brought into the US, putting unvaccinated people at risk.


Should I be tested for Lyme disease?

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is spread by deer ticks (also known as black-legged ticks) infected with the disease. These tiny ticks are the size of a poppy seed or the head of a pin, and are much smaller than dog ticks, which are the size of a pencil eraser or watermelon seed.

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

5 Tips on How to Quit Tobacco

Get Ready to Quit

Write down your reasons for quitting. These will help keep you on track and focused on the benefits. Your reasons might include: 

· Protecting the health of your family or pets

· Saving money

· Improving your health

· Pregnancy

· Bad-smelling clothes or breath


Create your "quit" plan. The important parts of a quit plan are:

Step 1: Medications

Step 2: Support and counseling

Step 3: Identify your triggers

Step 4: Set your quit date

Local Stroll to the Community Garden

Take a walk from the Charlestown Health Care Center to the Community Garden, where Bunker Hill, Main, and Medford streets meet (near the Schrafft building). It's a moderate walk because of the two will feel your heart pumping after walking up the "Forty Steps" and the steep section of Auburn St, both between Russell St and Bunker Hill St. The garden is a  peaceful and bountiful half-way mark of this 1.6 mile stroll. Let's get moving! 

Farmer's Markets Open Today!

This summer, shop for your your vegetables, fruits, greens, and herbs at one of two farmer's markets in Charlestown. Farmer's markets are an affordable way to add color and variety (and nutrients!) to your meals. Produce is healthy, fresh (often picked just that morning), and local. You can taste the difference!

When you visit the markets, talk to the farmers about how they grow their produce and ask for tips on preparing it. Try a new fruit or vegetable every week! Good food has a way of bringing people bring your kids, join your friends, and meet your neighbors. 

Sun Safety: How to Apply Sunscreen

Sunburn doesn’t only happen during the summer! Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn. Protect yourself year round by using sunscreen! Sunscreen is safe and can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it's applied correctly. Here are 5 dermatologist-approved tips!


Early Melanoma Detection: What You Can Do



Know Your Skin and Examine it Regularly. Recognizing changes in the skin is the best way to detect melanoma early. Add monthly skin checks to your routine.

Look for the ABCDEs of Melanoma. Pay attention to moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or have evolved in size or thickness. If you notice one or more of these signs, see your healthcare provider.

Skin Cancer Screening: Save the Date


What is screening?

Screening is looking for cancer before you have any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.

For more information about screenings, please call the Specialties Department at MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center at 617-724-8155.

Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center will shed light on this hidden disease by raising awareness and encouraging those most at risk to get tested.

Join us on Wednesday, May 10th from 9am -12pm in the 1st floor lobby for an educational event. Learn more about hepatitis prevention, screening, and treatment. We’ll also have free giveaways!


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