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Andover Health Division Reminds Residents to Get Vaccinated After Recent Spike in Flu Viruses

Town of Andover
Department of Public Health
Thomas Carbone, Director of Public Health
36 Bartlet St.
Andover, MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 5 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Andover Health Division Reminds Residents to Get Vaccinated After Recent Spike in Flu Viruses

ANDOVER — After a recent increase in flu and flu-like illness in Massachusetts and with National Influenza Vaccination Week around the corner, the Andover Health Division is reminding the community to get their flu shots.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), several flu activity indicators are higher than expected for this time of year. Although it’s still too early to predict, the CDC says that this flu season, which typically peaks in January and February in the Northeast and lasts through March, may have an early peak.

National Influenza Vaccination Week focuses on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination and will be recognized Dec. 3-9 to remind people that even though the holiday season is underway, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

“It is not too late to get your flu shot,” said Thomas Carbone, Andover Director of Public Health. “We are strongly encouraging residents, especially those who are at a high risk of contracting the flu, and who are around young children or the elderly, to get vaccinated. And, everyone should be practicing good health habits to avoid the spread of germs.”

Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Any number of these symptoms may be present and residents are advised to call their doctor for medical advice.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications, including hospitalization. Residents should also follow these tips to avoid getting sick:

If anyone has not received the vaccine and would like to, the Andover Health Division still has vaccine available. Please contact the Andover Health Division at 978-623-8640 to arrange for an appointment.