Post Content

NIVW December blog and tweet imageAs the busy schedule of the holiday season approaches, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. While seasonal flu activity varies, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.

There is some new information about flu vaccine this year:

  • Only injectable flu vaccine is recommended this season. The nasal spray is not recommended this flu season because of concerns about its effectiveness.
  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
  • The recommendations for people with egg allergies have changed.
    • People who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg can get any licensed and recommended flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health.
    • People who have symptoms other than hives after exposure to eggs, including anaphylaxis, can also get any licensed and recommended flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health, but the vaccine should be given in a medical setting and be supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions. (Settings include hospitals, clinics, and physician offices). People with egg allergies no longer have to wait 30 minutes after receiving their vaccine.

BlogAthon_BadgeRemember that an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease. Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women. Even if you have already gotten sick with flu this season, it is still a good idea to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines protect against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season! Find out where you can get a flu vaccine by asking your primary care provider, going to a local pharmacy, or visiting https://vaccinefinder.org/ or mylocalclinic.com.

Written By:


Immunization Outreach Coordinator in the Bureau of Infectious Disease

Tags: , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Highlights of the May 20 Public Health Council Meeting posted on May 20

The May monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured an update from DPH leadership on the status of proposed amendments to regulations in the area of 105 CMR 665.000: Minimum Standards for Retail Sale of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. Following a discussion, the Council voted   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 20 Public Health Council Meeting

DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week posted on May 11

DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week

More than 600 nurses work throughout the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, many of them on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, and others in critical policy, management, and support roles. The four themes of this year’s National Nurses Week celebration –self-care, recognition, professional   …Continue Reading DPH Highlights its Nursing Staff for National Nurses Week

Highlights of the April 23rd Public Health Council posted on Apr 23

The April monthly meeting of the Public Health council took place remotely via teleconference in light of current events. First the Council heard an informational update from Commissioner Bharel on the status of the public health response to COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Next, the Council took   …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 23rd Public Health Council