The latest statewide flu report (Jan. 26, Massachusetts Department of Public Health) indicates flu activity is widespread in the state, which is not unexpected for this time of year. However, the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI), is higher than the past two flu seasons. ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide.
The Newton school nurses continue to monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns.
It remains important for everyone to stay home if they're sick. The checklist below can help students and adults determine when to stay home and when to return to school or work.
Flu vaccination for all people age 6 months and older continues to be recommended. It’s not too late get a flu shot. Call 617-796-1420 to make a vaccination appointment with the public health nurse in City Hall.
To download the form in advance, or the consent form for kids being vaccinated without a parent present, visit www.newtonma.gov/flu