Thursday, January 10, 2013
Free flu shots remain available in Braintree through the health department.
Flu outbreaks are being reported throughout the country, and here in Braintree officials have counted 23 confirmed cases, up from two for the entire season last year. The town conducted several flu clinics this past fall and still has vaccines in stock, Chief of Staff and Operations Peter Morin said in an email Thursday. In addition to the 23 confirmed so far, Braintree likely has "significantly more unreported cases," Morin said. With more than 700 confirmed cases in Boston – 10 times the number of average cases last year – Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency Wednesday morning. The health department had 158 doses of flu vaccine remaining as of Thursday morning, Morin said. They are available to Braintree residents free of …
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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- John Ness
Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Massachusetts than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Braintree-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Braintree that offer the vaccine: CVS at 884 Washington St. Rite Aid 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 …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Whether you are a regular to the flu vaccine or an “I never get it” kind of reader, the total vaccine story may not be one you’ve ever stopped to investigate.
"What are your thoughts on the flu vaccine?" is a question I am asked daily. It truly comes down to informed consent and personal philosophy. We live in a country with much propaganda for vaccines. I was checking out at Rite Aid this week and I heard the cashiers asking all the customers if they had received the flu shot yet. If someone responded with “No,” the employee would say “our pharmacy has them and it is free with your insurance, you really need to get one so you won’t get the flu.” … and a column was born. At this time of year everyone in the family over 6 months old is encouraged to have the influenza vaccine. This recommendation is about 12 years old. Before then, only those 65 and over and very ill people were encouraged to be…