Influenza Information & Clinics

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Community
Flu vaccine is available in our City Hall offices by appointment for adults and children age 6 months and up. Please call (617) 796-1420 and ask for a nurse to make a flu vaccine appointment. Both flu shots and nasal spray are available.

Download the flu form here: Community flu form

Please bring your insurance card with you (if you have one).
If you don't have an insurance card, you can still get a flu shot.


School Flu Information

The Health & Human Services Department will conduct flu vaccination clinics in the Newton Public Schools and in the community in Fall 2013.

The school-based flu clinic schedule is available here

    The Vaccine Information Statement and parent letter are listed below and should be read by parents before filling out the consent and insurance form for your child to get a flu shot at school. Forms are listed below; if you want your child to be vaccinated at school, complete the Consent/Screening form and the Student VAR Insurance Form and give it to the school nurse

Translated School Forms

Chinese                                               Hebrew                                       Spanish                                                                                
Chinese Parent Letter                          Hebrew Parent Letter                     Spanish Parent Letter
Chinese Consent and Screening           Hebrew Consent and Screening       Spanish Consent and Screening
Chinese Insurance Form                      Hebrew Insurance Form                 Spanish Insurance Form

Portuguese                                          Korean                                        Russian
Portuguese Parent Letter                       Korean Parent Letter                       Russian Parent Letter
Portuguese Consent and Screening        Korean Consent and Screening         Russian Consent and Screening
Portuguese Insurance Form                   Korean Insurance Form                    Russian Insurance Form

Japanese
Japanese Parent Letter
Japanese Consent and Screening
Japanese Insurance Form

Forms are also available in the school health room.

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 three 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.