We're excited to announce that residents will have an additional option to vaccinate themselves and their families in the coming days.
The federal government has announced that large chain pharmacies will soon be able to begin offering H1N1 vaccine to all residents. Currently, the national chains which are participating are CVS, Publix, Rite Aid, Supervalu, Target, and Walgreens. This list may grow as other large pharmacy chains express interest in participating.
By working with these additional partners, we hope to increase the overall availability of vaccine in the state, especially since these pharmacies will be open throughout the holiday season and serving large numbers of customers.
It's important to note that these additional doses do not come from vaccine quantities allocated to Massachusetts by the CDC. We continue to receive ever-larger amounts of our allotted vaccine which are going out to clinicians, hospitals, and local health departments for use at large scale flu clinics. Those public clinics will continue to be planned to begin in January.
As these chain pharmacies begin to receive H1N1 vaccine at their individual store locations, these sites will be listed at www.mass.gov/flu, by clicking on "Find A Flu Clinic".
For additional information, you can read a letter from DPH Commissioner John Auerbach to local public health departments about this federal partnership with chain pharmacies to distribute H1N1 vaccine.
Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017 posted on Jan 20
The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days. We’ve seen these rates head up and down over the past few weeks, which is an indication of how unpredictable flu can be. Here in New England, most flu …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017
Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18
We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists! But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list: …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017