December 6-12, 2015 is National Influenza Vaccination week! Have you been vaccinated yet?
Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs, and can be passed from person to person. Each year, hundreds of people in Boston are affected by it. Pregnant women, small children, the elderly and anyone with a chronic condition, like asthma or heart disease, are at higher risk for severe infection and death. It is important for pregnant women to get the vaccine to protect their newborns since currently there is no vaccine for babies under the age of six months.
While there's still time to benefit from a flu vaccine, the sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely you are to be protected against the flu when activity picks up in your community. Protect yourself and family, get vaccinated today! In addition to your health care provider's office, many local pharmacies also offer the vaccine. Use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find flu vaccine locations near you.
For more information about the flu, visit www.bphc.org/flu and watch this PSA.