Post Content

Governor Patrick has announced that January 10 – 16, 2010 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in Massachusetts. NIVW is a national observance established by the CDC to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.

Every year, certain days of NIVW are designated to highlight the importance of different groups getting vaccinated. This year’s schedule includes focus on health care workers, people with chronic health conditions that put them at high-risk for serious complications, children, pregnant women, and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old, young adults, and seniors.

The timing, spread and severity of flu viruses are uncertain and vaccination is the most effective method for preventing influenza and influenza-related complications. We have distributed well over 3.5 million doses of the HIN1 vaccine in the state and we urge people of all ages to get vaccinated. Remember, flu vaccines not only protect the person getting vaccinated but can also help prevent the spread of flu to their family and friends.

Written By:


Communications Office

Recent Posts

Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide posted on Sep 21

Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide

For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to feelings of uncertainty, fear, stress, and anxiety which can take a toll on mental health. It is important, particularly in uncertain times, to prioritize conversations around mental health, including suicide. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness   …Continue Reading Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide

Highlights of the September 17 Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 17

The September monthly meeting of the Public Health Council, which took place via teleconference in light of ongoing restrictions on public gatherings, featured two informational presentations from Department subject matter experts: Update from the Massachusetts WIC Program Update on Flu Immunization Activities in Massachusetts The   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 17 Public Health Council Meeting

Highlights of the August 12th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Aug 13

The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council was held remotely. The meeting started with an update from Commissioner Bharel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic response including ongoing improvements to the daily and weekly data reports and reminders to residents to remain vigilant against this very   …Continue Reading Highlights of the August 12th Public Health Council Meeting