Influenza Information & Clinics

School Flu Information

Flu shots (only, no FluMist) will be administered in the Newton Public Schools this year according to the below schedule. Forms are due to the school nurse at your child's school at least two school days before the clinic date.

2019 School Flu Schedule

2019 School Flu Forms - English 
2019 School Flu Forms - Chinese
2019 School Flu Forms - Japanese
2019 School Flu Forms - Korean
2019 School Flu Forms - Spanish

(Additional translations will be posted as they become available)

Community Flu Vaccine

Free flu vaccine for Newton residents. No appointment needed. Health insurance information requested but not required.

  • Tues 11/12/19, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, room 107B (HHS office, below War Memorial Auditorium), for residents age 6 months and older
  • Tues 12/10/19, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, room 107B (HHS office, below War Memorial Auditorium), for residents age 6 months and older

Print your form (translations below) in advance to speed up your experience! We're quite efficient during our clinics. We use a numbered system and have chairs and open space available for people to wait. Families will be seen as a group in an office, and we'll have a couple of stations available for adults on their own. We do everything we can to get people in and out quickly!

Looking for the high-dose flu vaccine?

High-dose vaccine will be available at the Nov. 12 City Hall clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. outside the HHS Offices in Newton City Hall for adults age 65 and older.

People age 65 years and older may receive either the high-dose vaccine or the regular vaccine. Talk to your health care provider about which vaccine is right for you. Click here to learn more. CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone (6 months and up), but does not recommend a preferred vaccine, even for adults 65 and older. 

Forms below are NOT for students. Use the ones above in the SCHOOL FLU INFORMATION section for students.

Community Forms (one per person, please)

2019 Community Flu Form - English
2019 Community Flu Form - Chinese
2019 Community Flu Form - Russian
2019 Community Flu Form - Spanish

Flu Vaccine Information Statement - English
Flu Vaccine Information Statement - translations

Click here to learn more if you are 65 years or older and considering getting the high-dose flu vaccine at one of our clinics.

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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