As today’s Globe reports:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared a public health emergency Wednesday morning because of the expanding flu outbreak. Health care centers across the city will be offering free vaccines to anyone who hasn’t yet been immunized. The city has 700 confirmed cases of flu so and four flu-related deaths. Last year Boston had only 70 confirmed cases.
Massachusetts has had 18 flu-related deaths so far this season, according to the state Department of Public Health. Officials emphasized it’s not too late to get a shot. “The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu shot,” Menino said during a press briefing. “I’ve had my flu shot. I’m asking you to get yours too.” Here’s where to find a free shot.
From the state Start here with the state Department of Public Health and check back for updates.
Basic Information about Flu
Flu is a disease of the body’s breathing system, including the nose, throat and lungs. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms last from a few days to a week or more.
- Flu Facts: What You Need to Know
These colorful posters and brochures detail the four best ways to stay healthy this flu season by lowering your chances of getting or spreading the flu.
- Colds vs. Flu Comparison – August 2011 (PDF)
- Key Facts About Flu and Flu Vaccine (CDC)
- How flu spreads from NIH
REgion 1 includes all of the New England states