Town of Middleton

Derek Fullerton, Director of Public Health

195 North Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949
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Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Contact: Middleton Health Department
Phone: 978-777-1869

Middleton Public Health Department Reminds Residents that Flu Shots are Still Available

MIDDLETON – As the rate of influenza and flu-like illnesses have continued to rise throughout the Commonwealth, the Middleton Public Health Department is reminding residents that flu vaccinations are still available and to continue practicing healthy habits to avoid getting sick.

According to the first weekly flu report of 2018 from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the rates of influenza-like illnesses have continued to rise over the past week. In the Northeast, flu season typically peaks in January and February and lasts through March, but the Middleton Health Department reminds residents that it is not too late to get vaccinated.

"The best way to protect yourself and others against the flu is to get vaccinated, but residents should also continue practicing good habits like frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of germs," said Derek Fullerton, Middleton Director of Public Health. "If you do begin to experience flu-like symptoms, it is extremely important to stay home from work or school to avoid getting others sick."

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older as the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications, including hospitalization. Residents should also follow these tips to avoid getting sick:
  • Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
All vaccinations are administered by appointment only with the Public Health Nurse. Please call the Health Department at 978-777-1869 for more information or to make an appointment. Flu vaccinations are free. Please bring your health insurance and identification cards with you to your appointment. If you do not have health insurance cards, please bring your identification.


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