Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Anyone who has not had a flu shot should not visit the hospital.
With a flu epidemic affecting much of the country, local hospitals are hoping to protect their patients by keeping visits to a minimum. Newton-Wellesley Hospital has put in place a number of visitor restrictions to help limit the spread of the flu virus, according to the hospital's website. The visitor limitations include: Similar restrictions have been posted on the Beth Israel Needham hospital website. As of Jan 14, restrictions include: If you have not yet had a flu shot, the city of Newton is partnering with Newton-Wellesley Hospital for a free, appointment-only flu clinic today at the Newton Free Library. To schedule a time for the clinic, call the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Carefinder appointment line at 617-243-5900. The clinic is …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The city of Newton still has flu vaccines and is also offering a free flu clinic, by appointment, this week at the Newton Free Library.
Updated 4 p.m. With a flu epidemic that has swept the region--and much of the country--many local pharmacies are running low on flu shots as the public rushes to get last-minute vaccinations. As of early Monday afternoon, most of Newton's pharmacies were out of the flu shot, but several reported more shipments were on the way: Before heading out to get a shot, pharmacists urged locals to call the pharmacy in advance to make sure flu vaccines are available. The Newton Dept. of Health & Human Services is also offering free flu shots this week, by appointment. The city is partnering with Newton-Wellesley Hospital to offer the appointment-only flu shot clinic at the Newton Free Library. According to Newton Public Health & Program Specialist …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Flu season is upon us, and strong, officials say.
This week, the Red Cross called cases of the flu "widespread," while Boston officials on Wednesday declared the flu outbreak a public health emergency. Is this just another flu season — akin to past winters when H1N1 or norovirus flared up? Or is it more than just a bunch of hype? Some towns in the area are reporting that they're out of flu vaccine. Have you gotten a flu shot this year? Or do you not see the point? Tell us what you think — is the flu getting too much hype? Or does the headline-hogging flu deserve the attention?
Friday, January 11, 2013
Like many communities, Newton has had a significant increase in flu cases this year (over last year), with more than 130 cases so far this season.
As the region continues to deal with a bad flu season, Newton health officials have offered a number of tips on how to stay healthy and where to get a flu vaccine locally. For those who still need a flu shot, the city of Newton will partner with Newton-Wellesley Hospital to offer a free flu vaccination clinic next week at the Newton Free Library, according to a press release on the city's website . The clinic will be by appointment only. To schedule a time for the clinic next week, call the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Carefinder appointment line at 617-243-5900. The clinic is open to all and non-Newton residents may schedule appointments. "Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu,” Health and Human Services Commissioner Dori Zaleznik…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Newton Health Commissioner Dori Zaleznik said the number of confirmed flu cases have jumped significantly from last year's numbers.
As Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency on Wednesday morning due to Boston's flu outbreak, the city of Newton is also battling a high number of flu cases this season. The city of Newton has had 131 confirmed cases of the flu so far this season, according to Newton Health & Human Services Commissioner Dori Zaleznik, a significant jump from last season. "We're definitely seeing a lot of flu this year," Zaleznik told Newton Patch Wednesday afternoon. At this time last year, the city had no confirmed cases of the flu, Zaleznik said, and just two cases were confirmed the entire season. And for every confirmed case of the flu, there are many more unconfirmed in the city, Zaleznik added. "We're seeing the same pattern as many …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Both the city of Newton and the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce will be offering free flu shots on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Did you get your flu shot yet? The Newton Dept. of Health and Human Services will be offering a free flu clinic at the Newton Free Library on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The clinic will run from 4:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. The clinic is open to anyone age 6 months and older, regardless of residency or insurance status. Both nasal spray vaccines and injections will be available, according to the city's website. The community flu clinic form can be downloaded in advance from the Health & Human Service website. Screening forms, which are required for the nasal spray, are also available for download. People attending the clinic should bring insurance cards, if they have one. For more information on the library clinic, call 617-796-1426. In addition to the …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in some parts of the country: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Boston than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now; it was considered moderate at this time last year, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Newton that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season …