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 …
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 …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
It's National Influenza Vaccination Week and this year is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in a while. Did you get your flu shot?
More than one-third of United States residents have already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. With National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started last Sunday and ends Saturday, health officials aim to increase that percentage, especially since this year's season may be a bad one. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get infected by touching something with the flu virus on it before touching their mouth, eyes or nose. The 2012-2013 season is shaping up to be one of the worst …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Flu vaccines will be offered to Newton residents free of charge.
As cold and flu season starts to settle in, the city will be offering a number of opportunities for residents of all ages to receive a flu vaccine. School-based and community flu clinics will be offered during the months of October and November, according to the city's website. Both injectable vaccines and the nasal spray vaccine will be available to Newton residents at no cost, but insurance information will be requested at the clinics for reimbursement. If a resident does not have health insurance, he/she can still receive a flu vaccine from the city free of charge. Information on the injectable and nasal spray vaccines is included in the .pdf section to the right. The school-based clinics started yesterday, Oct. 2, and are open to …