To Your Health: An Information Guide (Updated for Coronavirus Resources)
Educating yourself about the coronavirus is the best way to protect you and your family from the disease. The resources below provide credible and trustworthy information describing the coronavirus, preventive measures to take, and what to do if you suspect you have contracted the disease.
Local and State Information
Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Massachusetts Department of Public Health)
Includes information about COVID-19, preparation in Massachusetts, prevention, testing, and treatment, travel information, guidance and recommendations, frequently asked questions, and printable fact sheets. The guidance for schools includes recommendations for good hygiene and regular cleaning that may also be helpful for libraries.
Share Facts ABOUT COVID-19 (CDC)
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 and help stop the rumors
Coronavirus Advice for the Public (World Health Organization)
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
Coronavirus Infections (MedlinePlus)
Includes a summary of coronavirus, how it spreads, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
What you should know, situation updates, and information for specific audiences
How to Prepare for Coronavirus in the U.S. (Washington Post, March 3, 2020)
From the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, pandemic preparedness tips.
Occupational Health: Guidance for workers and employers
Recommended strategies for employers. Includes recommendations to actively encourage sick employees to stay home; emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene for all employees; perform routine environmental cleaning; and advise employees before traveling to take certain steps.
COVID-19 Control and Prevention (US. Department of Labor)
General Guidance for all U.S. workers and employers
COVID-19 Printable Fact Sheets (Mass DPH)
Available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese
Handwashing posters from Mass DPH, Handwashing posters from CDC
Print or order these to display in your restrooms.
Hygiene-related posters from CDC
Includes Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands poster and Cover Your Cough poster
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives (Button & Badges)
Post and share on your websites, blogs, and social media
Diseases and Conditions
Health Magazine covers a wide range of popular health related topics for consumers.
Men's Health publishes entertaining articles of particular interest to men.
Women's Health publishes entertaining articles of particular interest to women.
Natural Health is a guide to natural health care of mind body and spirit.
Parents covers topics related to family relationships and health, making extensive use of the question-and-answer format.
Prevention concentrates on preventing health problems and promoting health lifestyles.
Read Library Magazines Online
Did you know you can access current and back issues of popular magazines with your library card and Libby? Download the Libby app on your mobile device or read in your computer's browser. No holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
Find the latest articles on health from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers from the following online resources, accessible from home with your Minuteman Library Network library card or in the library:
Health and Wellness Resource Center. Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets and health-related articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.
Titles of interest in Credo:
- Animated Dictionary of Health and Medicine
- Black's Medical Dictionary, 43rd Edition
- Routledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015
- The Encyclopedia of Elder Care, 4th ed., 2017
- Harvard Medical School Health Topics A-Z
- The Encyclopedia of Addictions and Addictive Behaviors, 2nd ed., 2016
- Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today's Parents
- Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy Through Adolescence, 3rd ed., 2016
- The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health, 2nd ed., 2015
- Teen Health Series: Mental Health Information for Teens, 5th ed., 2017
Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection. This collection includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, providing researchers with access to topics discussed in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more
The National Library of Medicine's database of references to more than 16 million articles published in 5000 biomedical journals.
Flu and Other Vaccination Clinics
Framingham Board of Health Flu Clinics
Latest Flu Clinic Information
HealthMap Vaccine Finder
Where you can find a flu clinic in Massachusetts. Protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot, especially if you are at increased risk for complications from the flu, or live with or care for high-risk individuals.
Massachusetts Health Connector
The Health Connector is a state-based health insurance Marketplace that makes shopping for affordable health and dental coverage easier for Massachusetts individuals, families, and small businesses.
General Information on Finding Medical Information on the Web
Medical Library Association User's Guide to Finding and Using Health Information on the Web
Expert guidance on how to seek and evaluate medical and health information on the Internet.
Doctors and Hospitals
American Board of Medical Specialties
The board maintains a searchable list of all board-certified physicians.
American Medical Association Doctor Finder.
The AMA has a national database of demographic and professional information on physicians, searchable by name, specialty, location.
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.
Physician profiles, consumer and licensing information.
National site for researching doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Medical Information Super Sites
The Centers for Disease Control
The website for the nation's leading agency for protecting health and safety is especially good for diseases in the news, destination-specific advice for travelers.
Information on common medical concerns and conditions from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
From the Department of Health and Human Services, a guide to information on diseases as well as consumer issues like health insurance, Medicare, nursing homes. Features include daily health news, online checkups.
Harvard Health Publications
From Harvard Medical School, this content-rich site provides excellent overviews of diseases and conditions, as well as wellness information and tips.
Doctor-approved health information about children from birth through adolescence.
Wellness information and excellent overviews of diseases and conditions. Sponsored by the nonprofit Mayo Foundation.
Medical Library Association Consumer and Patient Health Information
The top 100 health Internet sites, as selected by the Medical Library Association.
Merck Manual of Medical Information
You can search the Merck Manual Home Edition or browse sections like Blood Disorders or Digestive Disorders. Information is detailed and clearly presented. For further detail, you can also search its professional cousin, The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.
The National Library of Medicine provides a wealth of authoritative health information and resources-thorough encyclopedia articles about diseases, symptoms, and tests; drug information; well-organized and described links to sites.
New York Online Access to Health
An award-winning consumer health database in English and Spanish.
A good central source of drug information from the National Institutes of Health. Links to medical research, toxicology, and summaries of use/efficacy are included.
This website from the FDA contains a variety of information, articles, and FAQs about drugs, side effects, and safety measures.
MedlinePlus Drugs, Herbs, and Supplements
Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
NCCAM, a division of the National Institute of Health, provides information about complementary and alternative medicine not commonly used in mainstream conventional medicine.
Sloan Kettering About Herb, Botanicals, and Other Products
For over 300 substances, the site discusses purported uses, mechanism, adverse reactions, more. Includes literature summaries and critiques.
University of Maryland Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide
Discusses conditions and outlines treatment options from traditional and complementary and alternative therapies.
Designed as a gateway to in-depth information about particular aspects of HIV/AIDS, this site provides links to many authoritative sources.
Additional Health Resources
This service of the National Institutes of Health provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. Searchable by location and topic or condition.
Lab Tests Online
You can search for information about lab tests by the name of the test, the condition or disease, or the age group.
For professional assistance locating the information you need:
- Telephone the Main Library Reference Department at 508-532-5570, extension 4361.
- Email your questions through our Ask A Librarian page.
- Visit the Main Library or the McAuliffe Branch for free access to the Internet and databases, and for assistance with research.
To arrange a speaker or a group tour highlighting the library's practical information resources, call 508-532-5570, ext 4347, or email Amy Sadkin at email@example.com.