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Influenza Information & Clinics

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Flu Fact or Fiction?

Have some questions about the flu vaccine? Newton HHS has put together this helpful guide to combat some common flu myths.

 School Flu Information

We are once again please to offer flu shots in all Newton Public Schools to students in Kindergarten through grade 12. See the schedule below for specific dates at each school.

School Flu Schedule 2017
School Flu Forms 2017 - English
Translated forms coming soon

Only the flu shot will be available. Flumist (nasal spray) will not be offered this year, per continued CDC recommendations against its use for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Preparing Your Child for the Flu Shot After Years of FluMist

Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP) Clinic

Forms for Oct. 4 clinic for preschool students & families who attend the Newton Early Childhood Program (150 Jackson Road).

Private School Students

Newton residents of school age who attend school elsewhere may come to a Newton Public School for a flu shot during that school's clinic. Contact the School Nurse at the school where you would like to be vaccinated and complete the forms.

Additionally, HHS staff will be holding clinics for students who attend the private schools listed below. Contact your school nurse for additional questions and to return forms. The same student forms are used at private schools.

Mt. Alvernia Elementary: Friday, Oct. 20
Jackson School: Tuesday, Oct. 31
Solomon Schechter: Tuesday, Nov. 7
Mt. Alvernia High School: Wednesday, Nov. 15

Community Flu Clinic dates

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St.
(suggested parking, Austin St. metered lot)

Free adult flu clinic open to all Newton residents age 18 years and older.
Insurance information requested, not required.

Monday, Nov. 20, 5:00 to 7:0 p.m.
War Memorial Auditorium, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave.
(suggested parking, Austin St. metered lot)

Free flu clinic open to all Newton residents age 6 months and older.
Insurance information requested, not required.

 Complete your form in advance, if possible.

Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS)

Massachusetts law (M.G.L. c. 111, Section 24M) requires providers to report immunization information to a computerized immunization registry known as the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS). The MIIS stores immunization records for you and your healthcare provider and can help prevent outbreaks of disease like measles and the flu. All information in the MIIS is kept secure and confidential. The MIIS allows information to be shared with health care providers, school nurses, local boards of health, and state agencies concerned with immunization. You have the right to object to the sharing of your immunization information across providers in the MIIS. For more information, please ask your healthcare provider, visit the MIIS website at www.mass.gov/dph/miis or contact the Massachusetts Immunization Program directly at 617-983-6800 or 888-658-2850.

Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) Fact Sheet
MIIS Objection Form

General

  • Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and getting a flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your family. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to friends and loved ones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu vaccine every year for everyone over the age of 6 months.
  • While flu activity usually peaks in January or February, the flu itself is unpredictable. The flu vaccine, however, is safe, effective, and widely available. Most people are protected from the four types of flu in the vaccine within two weeks of vaccination.
  • There are many places to get a flu vaccine including your primary health care provider, local pharmacies, or a City of Newton Flu Clinic.

How To Stay Healthy

In addition to getting a flu vaccine follow these stay healthy tips!

  • Wash your hands often, learn more about the benefits of frequent handwashing.
  • Avoid others who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cough into your arm bent at the elbow instead of into your hands

What To Do if You Get Sick

Other Flu Resources

School-based Flu Program Resources for Colleagues

  • Link to July 24, 2012 Webinar, Vaccinating a Community: A Collaboration of Public Health and School Health http://www.maphn.org/nea2012
  • To avoid confusion during flu season, we have removed the sample forms for colleagues. Please contact tkett@newtonma.gov for them to be sent by email.
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