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Posted on: January 14, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Flu Prevention - Be Informed

Flu Prevention ~ Be Informed!

The flu season is upon us.  Flu cases are
being reported at higher rates than in previous years.  The best thing one can do to protect themselvesfrom the flu is to get vaccinated.  Flu
vaccine continues to be available at doctor’s offices, healthcare providersand local pharmacies.  Some
community-based flu vaccination clinics are continuing to take place in theregion.  You can search by city or town by going to  Make sure to discuss the possibility of
receiving the flu vaccination with your healthcare provider prior to receiving the inoculation.

There are simplesteps that everyone can take to prevent the spread of flu.  Wash your hands often with soap and warm
water.  Cover your cough or sneeze withyour elbow, not with your hands.  If you are
sick with the flu, stay home from school or work.

Get more information
on how to care for people who are sick with the flu in Flu: What You Can Do?,
a free informational brochure from the Massachusetts Department of PublicHealth, available in
electronic or hard copy format in nine languages.  For additional information and materials, please visit the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS).


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