Post Content

September means back to school, football, and foliage. But it also means time for your annual flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available, and continue throughout the flu season which can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection, “the flu”. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way.

Flu shots are available in a variety of locations including your physician’s office, community health centers, some pharmacies and grocery stores, and community-sponsored flu clinics. For more information about the flu visit mass.gov/flu. In the meantime,  see how one community health center educates patients about the flu:

 

Written By:


Director, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management

Tags: , , , ,

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, May 26, 2017 posted on May 26

Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This week’s document marks the final Weekly Flu Report from DPH for the 2016-2017 flu season. Have a terrific summer and see you back here this autumn!

Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe! posted on May 26

Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe!

By V. Paige Murphy The warmer spring and summer months provide the perfect excuse to fire up the grill. Use this opportunity to try more seasonal fruits and vegetables available in your area. Fruits and veggies are high in fiber and packed with the nutrients   …Continue Reading Master Your Memorial Day with This Easy Recipe!

EMS Strong: Always in Service posted on May 22

EMS Strong: Always in Service

National Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS Week) recognizes the dedication of EMS professionals across the United States who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line” to keep their communities safe and healthy. This year, we honor these brave men and women from May   …Continue Reading EMS Strong: Always in Service