Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Hand washing is one of the ways to keep kids healthy.
The following information is from the Red Cross: Health officials are reporting widespread influenza outbreaks in 47 of 50 states, up from just a week ago. One age group hit particularly hard is children, and the American Red Cross has some steps parents can teach their kids to help them avoid getting sick. WASHING HANDS Kids have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses. Parents should teach children proper hand washing techniques and how to correctly cover coughs or sneezes. Wash hands withsoap and warm water. When using soap and water: If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer: SAFETY STEPS The most important thing parents can do is get children six months of age or oldera flu vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The Archdiocese of Boston is taking steps to stop the spread of the flu.
Parishioners at St. Bridget, St. George and other local Catholic churches may notice something different for weekend Masses. The Archdiocese of Boston announced this week that it is allowing priests to suspend the distribution of wine during Communion as a precaution because of the recent flu outbreak, reported The Boston Globe. Churches were also notified that parishioners could exchange a sign of peace by “bowing to nearby parishioners instead of shaking hands,” reported The Globe. Earlier this week, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a state of health emergency because of the flu outbreak and earlier this week the Town fo Framingham ran out of flu vaccines.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Outbreaks are earlier than normal in the area.
The Red Cross said there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from what is considered to be a more active flu season. Here are some local options. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts. How do you prevent the flu? According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can: How do you know if you have the virus? Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). When should you call the doctor? According to the Red Cross, if you think you have the flu, your doctor should be …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the Boston-area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Framingham-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Framingham that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): Walgreens, 624 Waverly St. CVS, 776 Water St. in Nobscot CVS, 1280 Worcester Rd. Walgreens, 653 Worcester Rd. For more locations, enter your zip code into the widget in this article. According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Drivers received flu shots through their cars' windows outside at the MetroWest Physician Services’ 2nd annual "Drive-Thru” Flu-Vaccine Clinic.
The MetroWest Physician Services hosted its 2nd annual Drive-Thru” Flu-Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, where they administered flu shots to motorists through car windows.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The event will be hosted by the MetroWest Physician Services.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Preparing for flu season this winter is easier than ever at the free drive-thru flu vaccine clinic to be held by MetroWest Physician Services Friday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 6 p.m at its 260 Cochituate Rd. Vaccine recipients can drive in to the parking lot, where they will be greeted by MetroWest Physician Services staff. After displaying their health-insurance card and signing a consent form, they can roll down their window, roll up their sleeve and get their annual flu shot, administered by a registered nurse, without leaving their car. MetroWest Physician Services doctors will also be on hand at the event to answer questions relating to the vaccine and flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 5 to 20 …