‘Tis the Season

danWhile the holiday season may be behind us, the flu season is now here bright and early and it is shaping up to be a gift that keeps on giving.

This week, the city of Boston declared a public health emergency citing 700 confirmed cases of the flu, a 10 percent increase over last season. Because this is only the confirmed number of cases the actual number of Boston residents with the flu could be into the thousands. Across the state it is reported that there have been 18 flu-related deaths, 4 in the City of Boston since October.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu shot. That is why in response to the news that Mayor Menino has declared a public health emergency regarding the flu outbreak in Boston, Harbor Health Services locations in Dorchester will offer two free flu clinics this Saturday, January 12th from 9am until 4pm. The shots are free and there is no appointment necessary at the following locations:

Neponset Health Center
398 Neponset Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122
617.282.3200

Geiger Gibson Community Health Center
250 Mt Vernon Street, Dorchester MA 02125
617.288.1140

For our patients and community members on the Cape you can call the Harbor Community Health Center Hyannis to get information about getting flu shots at: 508.778.0300

It is also important to remember the importance of preventive measures such as frequent hand washing and sneezing into a sleeve or tissue rather than a hand. By taking these simple steps, you can increase your chances of preventing the flu this season.

Best wishes for a healthy start to your New Year.

Daniel Driscoll
President and CEO
Harbor Health Services, Inc.

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