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2015 – 2016 Flu Season

About Seasonal Flu

Seasonal flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect humans every year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu.

Symptoms of seasonal flu include fever (often high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. It can lead to more severe disease, and even death in infants and people who are very old or have chronic health problems. In New England, flu season usually begins in December and can last into March or April.

Flu Vaccine

This flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

People at Increased Risk for Influenza-Related Complications:

  • All children 6 months through 4 years of age.
  • All persons > 50 years of age.
  • People 6 months – 18 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Women who will be pregnant during influenza season and postpartum women.
  • People > 6 months of age who have:
    • Chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurological, hematologic, or metabolic disorders, including diabetes;
    • Immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or HIV);
    • Any condition (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders) that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions or that can increase the risk of aspiration.
    • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities.
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives
  • People who are morbidly obese (BMI > 40)

Persons Who Can Transmit Influenza to Persons at High Risk:

  • Health care personnel, employees of assisted living facilities, people who provide home care to persons at risk, medical emergency response workers, and students in these professions.
  • Household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged < 5 years and adults > 50 years of age, and of persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.

Persons at increased risk of exposure to influenza:

  • Persons who provide essential community services.
  • Students and other persons in institutional settings (e.g., dormitories).

Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones Against Flu and Colds


The flu is caused by a virus that is easily passed from one person to another by coughing and sneezing. Follow the tips below as the best ways to avoid these viruses and to stay healthy.


Wash your hands often.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

This decreases the chance that you will get the flu virus or other germs into your body, or that you will pass the flu to others.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Cover your mouth and nose and cough or sneeze into your sleeve. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Healthful Cough Etiquette - Should you cover your mouth when you cough?

Clean things that are touched often.

Clean things that are touched often, such as door or refrigerator handles, computer key boards/mouse, phones and water faucets.


Below is a list of links to helpful information from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) on preventing and treating seasonal flu.


Flu: What You Can Do: Caring for People at Home Series

Massachusetts Department of Health & Human Services (MDPH) offers a series of general flu-related documents including the following:

What You Can Do: Caring for People at Home Booklet

 

What You Can Do: My Flu Care Information

This form helps you organize essential contact and health information.

What You Can Do: Household Supply List

A list of supplies you will need to prepare your home to care for family members with flu.

What You Can Do: Information Summary for the Doctor

This form helps you organize important information about your family member for your doctors phone call.

 

Additional Fact Sheets (MDPH)

General Information

Guidance for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

You can also dial 2-1-1, for more health and human services information.

Websites

Pediatric Flu Clinic Schedule

Pediatric flu clinics are for patients 18 years old or younger.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 781-261-4756.

Date Hours Location
Thursday, September 10 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, September 10 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, September 12 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, September 13 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, September 14 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, September 15 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, September 17 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, September 17 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, September 19 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, September 20 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, September 21 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, September 22 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, September 24 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, September 24 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, September 26 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, September 27 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, September 28 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, September 29 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell

Thursday, October 1 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, October 1 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, October 3 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, October 4 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, October 5 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, October 6 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, October 8 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, October 8 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Tuesday, October 13 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, October 15 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, October 15 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, October 17 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, October 18 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, October 19 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, October 20 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, October 22 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, October 22 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, October 24 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, October 25 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, October 26 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, October 27 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, October 29 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, October 29 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell

Monday, November 2 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, November 3 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, November 5 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, November 5 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, November 7 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, November 8 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, November 9 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, November 10 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, November 12 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, November 12 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, November 14 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, November 15 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, November 16 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, November 17 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, November 19 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, November 19 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, November 21 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, November 22 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, November 23 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, November 24 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Monday, November 30 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston

Tuesday, December 1 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, December 3 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, December 3 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, December 5 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, December 6 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, December 7 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, December 8 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, December 10 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, December 10 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, December 12 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, December 13 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Monday, December 14 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Tuesday, December 15 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, December 17 6:00 – 8:30 pm Kingston
Thursday, December 17 6:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, December 19 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, December 20 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell

Posted 8/5/15

Adult Flu Clinic Schedule

Adult flu clinics are for patients 19 years old or older.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 781-261-4756.

Date Hours Location
Thursday, September 10 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, September 12 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, September 13 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Tuesday, September 15 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, September 17 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, September 19 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Kingston
Saturday, September 19 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, September 20 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Tuesday, September 22 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, September 24 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, September 26 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Kingston
Saturday, September 26 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, September 27 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Tuesday, September 29 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell

Thursday, October 1 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, October 3 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Kingston
Saturday, October 3 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, October 4 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Tuessday, October 6 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, October 8 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Tuesday, October 13 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, October 15 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, October 17 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Kingston
Saturday, October 17 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, October 18 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Tuesday, October 20 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, October 22 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, October 24 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, October 25 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Tuesday, October 27 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, October 29 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, October 31 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell

Tuesday, November 3 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, November 5 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, November 7 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, November 8 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Tuesday, November 10 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, November 12 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, November 14 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell
Sunday, November 15 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Norwell
Tuesday, November 17 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Thursday, November 19 5:00 – 8:30 pm Norwell
Saturday, November 21 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Norwell

Posted 8/5/15