Flu Prevention

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As colder weather approaches and we head into Fall and Winter, it's important to prepare for flu season, which usually peaks between December and February. Getting the flu vaccine in addition to other basic preventive measures can greatly reduce the risk of you and your family members coming down with the flu.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October if possible. However, it's never too late to be vaccinated, even into January or later. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, with few exceptions.

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Flu Prevention Tips

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you're sick. Avoid contact with others when they are sick.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough, and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Get the flu shot, everyone 6 months or older should be vaccinated.
  • Clean and sanitize your surfaces at home, work and school.
  • Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of fluids, eat healthy and stay active.
  • Avoid going outdoors during extreme conditions.

How to Get a Flu Vaccine

Residents can seek a flu vaccine from their doctor, other healthcare provider or local pharmacy. For a full listing of locations offering public flu vaccines near you, please visit https://www.vaccines.gov/find-vaccines.

Flu and COVID-19

Anyone who is eligible can get their flu shot at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose! However, individuals should make sure to stay on schedule for their COVID-19 dose schedule and only get both shots during the same visit if the timing lines up.

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City of Worcester Flu Season - Get Vaccinated!

Flu season is here in Central Massachusetts. Be prepared.

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Fight the Flu Campaign

Hear from local folks about why they chose to get the flu vaccine this year. The reasons are various, their voices are unique, some are long time flu vacciners and others are first-timers but these Worcester community members have one thing in common: they all received a flu vaccine this year!

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