Here's the latest Flu Shot information. We've compiled a list of sources to help in your search for this season's vaccination.
Update 5.23.13 - Google shows flu activity in MA is Low.
Update 1.9.13 - Here's a link to information on caring for someone with the flu and preventing the spread of the disease.
And, for a friend suffering from a bad cold or the flu, remember Chicken Soup for a Sick Friend!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us that the vaccine for the 2012-2013 flu season "will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus."
You'll find assistance from federal, state, and local authorities– including medical institutions and retail stores. There are sites to track flu activity, plus suggestions that could help save you time and money.
As always, check with your doctor or other healthcare professionals for any flu-related advice.
Do federal, state, and city health officials have any updates on flu or flu vaccinations?
- Get all the latest facts on the 2012-2013 Flu Season and this year's vaccine @ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Massachusetts Health and Human Services is continuing its Flu Facts site. Learn more here.
- Commonwealth Conversations: Public Health has a Weekly Flu Report.
Where can I get a flu vaccination in the Boston area?
- Here's a search box made available to us by the U.S. Department of Health. Just enter your Zip Code, hit go, and you'll have a map of options.
- The Boston Public Health Commission lists the Latest Flu Clinics.
Where can I get a flu vaccination in the surrounding area?
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What's the level of flu activity in our area?
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- Some Pharmacies have flu vaccine, including CVS, Walgreens, and RiteAid.
- If you haven't checked lately, this might be a good time to consult with your primary care physician for the latest flu shot information.
- Whichever flu shot location you choose, we recommend that you call the site directly before going.
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Words: Ed Cherubino
Photo Credit: James Gathany, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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