Monday, January 21, 2013
According to the Lexington Department of Public Health, confirmed cases of the flu in Massachusetts have been down for two consecutive weeks, but it's too early to tell if the season has peaked.
The following information was provided by the Lexington Department of Public Health. Recent disease surveillance reports indicate that confirmed cases of influenza in Massachusetts have been on the decline for the second week in a row. Influenza, known as flu, is a very contagious disease of the respiratory system. The flu is caused by an airborne virus that is easily passed from one person to another by coughing and sneezing. “Remember, the flu season lasts until early April," said Lexington Health Director Gerard Cody. "It’s too early to tell if the flu season has peaked in Massachusetts. To help avoid spreading the virus, everyone should continue to wash their hands frequently and cover their coughs or sneezes. It is also important to…
Monday, January 14, 2013
A number of area pharmacies are out of flu shots, but some are optimistic that more dosages could be on the way soon.
With the recent widespread reports of a severe flu season, many local pharmacies have seen their stock of flu shots quickly depleted over the past few weeks. Most pharmacies in Bedford, Concord and Lexington are out of flu shots, though some local pharmacists are hopeful they’ll receive a shipment in the next few days. As is the case throughout the area, most local chain pharmacies—like CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid—are out of flu shots. However, the CVS on Great Road in Bedford does have a few high-dosage shots available for folks ages 65 and older. A pharmacist there said local CVS stores are hoping to receive a shipment of flu shots in the next few days. It was a similar story at the Stop & Shop in Bedford, where the pharmacist said they’…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A health emergency’s been declared in Boston, and there are at least a dozen cases here in Lexington.
The flu’s been in the news quite a bit lately. First the Red Cross reported flu cases were “widespread,” then Boston Mayor Tom Menino went and declared the flu outbreak a health emergency after his city saw a tenfold increase in flu cases over last year. Here in Lexington, there have been 12 confirmed cases of flu so far in January, according to Public Health Director Gerard Cody. “Communities across Massachusetts are reporting increased amounts of flu-like illness,” Cody said, “And hospitals, community health centers and health care providers are seeing higher volumes of flu patients in their facilities.” Vaccination remains the best protection against the flu, according to Cody, who said 2,445 residents have been vaccinated at clinics…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Outbreaks are earlier than normal in the area.
The Red Cross says there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from what is considered to be a more active flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts. How do you prevent the flu? According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can: How do you know if you have the virus? Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). When should you call the doctor? According to the Red Cross, if you think you have the flu, your doctor should be consulted immediately if you …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Flu activity may be off to a late start this season, but that means there's still time to get a flu shot and take other precautions.
Friday, February 17, 2012
The following press release was provided by Lexington's Public Health Division. Yesterday, Feb. 16, the Center for Disease Control reported for the first time this season that the percent of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza has surpassed 10 percent, which is generally a marker to indicate that flu season is beginning. By this measure, activity this season is off to a late start. In the past 29 years, the percent of respiratory samples testing positive for flu has remained below the 10 percent mark until February only once before (1987-1988). Other indicators are lagging, but are expected to increase in the coming weeks. So it’s not too late to get your flu shot! Influenza, known as flu, is a very contagious disease of …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Children under nine years of age who have received flu vaccine for the first time earlier this season are encouraged to attend to receive a booster dose of vaccine at a free flu clinic to be held Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the Burlington Mall food court.
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Monday, December 26, 2011
The following press release was provided by Lexington's Health Division. State health officials estimate that every year an average of 2,600 Massachusetts residents are hospitalized due to complications from the flu, resulting in up to 800 deaths. It is not too late to get a flu shot even in January because flu season doesn’t usually peak until February or March. All Massachusetts residents, (including children 6 months of age and older), are invited to attend a free flu clinic Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Burlington Mall, sponsored by the local Health Departments from Bedford, Lexington and Winchester, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Emergency Preparedness staff from Region 4A. So far this season, the local Public Health …
Monday, September 26, 2011
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Lexington's Department of Public Health has announced its first flu clinics of the season. The first, for residents age 60 and older, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5 at St. Brigid's. The second clinic is for families and will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at Cary Hall. Both are from 9 a.m. to noon. Lexington, like other towns, has been affected by a reduction in the state supply of vaccinations. But officials said the DPH will schedule additional clinics as vaccines become available, while other options include local pharmacies and primary care physicians. So, with that in mind, we want to know, Will you and/or your family get vaccinated this year? If so, where will you go?
Public Health officials are planning vaccination clinics and coping with a cut in state-supplied vaccination doses.
Lexington’s Department of Public Health will hold its first two flu clinics of the fall season on Wednesday Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 8. The first clinic is for residents aged 60-years and older and the Saturday clinic is for families. Due to a decreased amount of vaccine from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the town will vaccinate residents on first come, first served basis, officials said. “We have a limited amount of vaccine and residents will be vaccinated on a first come, first served basis, based on priority groups set by MDPH,” said David Neylon, the town’s public health nurse. “These groups include those at high risk for complications from the flu (those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes) …