Health & Environment

Boston Flu Cases Start to Rise

flualertThe City of Boston continues to operate at a Level 1 status; however, over the past week we have seen an increase in the number of flu cases in our city.  This increase is expected and is similar to what is being seen in other communities.
·         Federal health officials continue to work with manufacturers and distributors to provide 2009 H1N1 flu (swine flu) vaccine to local communities.   Mayor Menino and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) ask Boston residents for their continued patience, as problems with vaccine supply at the national level are being resolved.
·         Limited amounts of both 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine and seasonal flu vaccine continue to be shipped directly from vaccine manufacturers to health care providers in Boston.  Based on projections from State and Federal health officials, the BPHC intends to schedule a series of large, free, community H1N1 vaccination clinics as soon as sufficient vaccine is available, most likely in late November or early December.  Please call the Mayor’s Health Line Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm at (617)534-5050 for the most up to date information.
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