Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Does a flu shot cause the flu? Do healthy people need a shot? Here are the answers to some myths
The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. However, misconceptions about vaccination persist. Here are 7 common myths about vaccination. Flu Myth #1 A Flu Shot Causes the Flu No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get flu shots and others get salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
It's National Influenza Vaccination Week and this year is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in a while. Did you get your flu shot?
More than one-third of United States residents have already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. With National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started last Sunday and ends Saturday, health officials aim to increase that percentage, especially since this year's season may be a bad one. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get infected by touching something with the flu virus on it before touching their mouth, eyes or nose. The 2012-2013 season is shaping up to be one of the …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Board of Health offering free flu shots to Woburn residents, age 5 and older.
Although Hurricane Sandy derailed this week's free flu clinic for Woburn residents, the Board of Health has rescheduled the event for next week. The board will hold the free flu clinic next Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Joyce Middle School. The clinic is for anyone over the age of 5 who is a Woburn resident. Although free, you must show a health insurance card when getting your shot. In addition to the city's flu clinic, residents can also grab a flu shot from several stores with pharmacies. Click here for a list of places flu shots are available.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Flu season typically begins in October and can run through May. Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your family.
With Halloween almost here, flu season has begun. How can you protect yourself? Many health officials recommend arming yourself with a flu shot. The Board of Health is holding free flu clinic next Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Joyce Middle School. The clinic is for anyone over the age of 5 who is a Woburn resident. Although free, you must show a health insurance card when getting your shot. In addition to the city's flu clinic, residents can also grab a flu shot from several stores with pharmacies. In Woburn, the CVS stores at 415 Main St. and the Woburn Mall are offering walk-in flu shots in the pharmacy. West Siders can head over the line into Burlington at 34 Cambridge Road, as well. You can also make an appointment online, if …