NBPS Flu Updates and Resources

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FLU Updates and Resources


Dear NBPS students and families,


With influenza (flu) activity increasing nationally, and troubling early data showing drops in flu vaccine uptake this season, CDC has issued an urgent reminder about the importance of vaccinating for flu. Hospitalization rates in kids are among the highest seen at this time in about a decade so far this season.


Getting a flu shot is the most important action a person can take to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. Encourage flu vaccination by sharing the following messages and resources with patients, especially those at higher risk, and those with parents of young children.


The flu vaccine:

  • Reduces the risk of flu illness

  • Can make illness less severe among people who get vaccinated, but still get sick with flu, reducing the risk of serious flu complications, such as hospitalization

  • Can be given at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine, for people who are due for both

  • Protects against four different flu viruses - even if a patient has already gotten flu, other flu viruses are circulating and it’s possible to get flu more than once a season


Groups at higher risk of serious illness from flu include:

Adults 65 Years and Older


Children under 5

  • Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children, and healthy children 5 years and older can spread flu to vulnerable family members like infants younger than 6 months and adults over 65


During Pregnancy

  • Due to changes to the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make people more susceptible to potentially serious flu complications. Flu may also be harmful for a developing baby.

Resources

Questions?

  • For questions about influenza please call the DPH Immunization Division at 617-983-6800 or your local board of health.

  • For questions about state-supplied influenza vaccine, please call the DPH Vaccine Unit at 617-983-6828.