Boston has declared a public health emergency.
The 2013 flu season is the earliest flu season of the last ten years. Confirmed cases are ten times higher compared to last season. It’s not too late to get up to date on some important facts and protect yourself and others from this serious virus. College students should get vaccinated before commencing the spring semester.
Already, there have been 18 statewide deaths in MA.
If you haven’t gotten vaccinated, visit your local Health Department. The Wellesley Health Department can be reached at: 781-235-0135, Mon-Fri: 9 am – 4:30 pm.
Together, we can minimize the impact of the flu if we take precautions. Protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated.
Who is at risk?
We are all at risk; however, some people are more likely to have serious complications. Adults over 65, children under 5, and people with asthma, diabetes, and chronic heart disease are most at risk for serious complications. People who work in the health industry, those who are in close contact with children, and students who live in a dorm setting are more likely to catch the flu.
What about the vaccine?
Vaccination is the first line of defense when it comes to flu prevention. While a flu vaccine does not fully guarantee that the person will be immune to the flu, it is the most effective option out there. It’s not too late to get vaccinated as long as you currently do not have a fever. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated this season.
The 2012-2013 flu vaccine contains the following three viruses:
A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus;
B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus (form the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses)
If you get sick?