You may have noticed the spread of the H1N1 flu decreasing lately in Boston and elsewhere. In the middle of holiday festivities and to-do lists, you may be asking whether getting the vaccine is still important. What many people don’t know is that flu season typically lasts through May, and that past pandemics have occurred in waves. In other words, it’s possible that we will see another increase in H1N1 and/or seasonal flu in the months ahead.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO A HEALTHY NEW YEAR
1. Add the Vaccine to Your Wish List – Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. Please visit our clinic page by CLICKING HERE to find a vaccine location near you.
NOTE: Last week, the BPHC announced that the 2009 H1N1 vaccine is available to all residents who want it now.
2. Be a Germ Stopper – Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Also, stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick. For more information on preventing the flu visit www.bphc.org/flu.
3. Check the Facts and Stay Informed – Visit www.bphc.org/flu and sign up for our Flu Alerts for the latest information.
If you’ve been vaccinated already, please share this information with friends and family and let them know why the H1N1 vaccine is safe and recommended by health experts. The 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine is made the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine. Millions of people have safely received the H1N1 vaccine, including President Obama, the First Lady and their children. Also, consider posting a flyer at your work, school and local community centers. We have lots of free, multi-lingual, flyers, posters, and other audio and video resources available.
Questions? Visit www.bphc.org/flu, or contact the Mayor’s Health Line, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (617) 534-5050.
The Boston Public Health Commission wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season.