Here's the latest Flu Shot information. We've compiled a list of sources to help you search for and better understand this season's vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us, “There are several flu vaccine options for the 2015-2016 flu season,” including a specific vaccine designed for seniors. Besides the usual trivalent vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses, there are quadrivalent vaccines to protect against four different flu viruses. >>Here's What You Need to Know.
In this post, you'll also 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 2015-2016 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.
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, tap 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?
- Google flu trends will give you the current level of flu activity in Massachusetts.
- More on regional/worldwide flu activity: Here.
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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.
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!
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photo Credit: James Gathany, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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