Lahey Health is now part of Beth Israel Lahey Health

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Summertime Hazards

Many summertime activities put you at risk for infections and other health hazards. A few precautions can help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, is a mosquito-borne infection that is often fatal. EEE is rare, with most cases occurring in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Florida.

Senior couple are hiking through the Lake District together with their pet dog.

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus causes a mosquito-borne infection that is usually mild and goes away on its own. About one out of 150 people with this infection develop a serious illness that can be life-threatening.

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, also called whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. The DTaP vaccination can help prevent pertussis or lessen the episodes of violent coughing that are the hallmark of this disease.

Charlotte Rickert, a longtime Lahey volunteer

Charlotte Rickert, Volunteer

Charlotte Rickert is a volunteer in Hospital Admissions at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. She is one of more than 200 volunteers who work through the Volunteer and Community Services program at Lahey.