It's Not Too Late - Get a Flu Vaccination TODAY!

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There's a LOT of flu going around in Massachusetts right now — and flu season isn't over until March.

So if you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, now is the time!

You can get vaccinated at your doctor's office, or at the following locations in Lexington:

 

Phone

Hours

Lexington Office of Public Health, Public Health Nurse
1625 Massachusetts Ave

781-698-4509

* By Appointment only

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

CVS Pharmacy
1735 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
781-862-4080

Weekdays: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Walgreen's
60 Bedford St., Lexington

781–863–1111

Weekdays: 89:00 AM -8:00 PM

Weekends: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

PhysicianOne Urgent Care

1019 Trapelo Rd., Waltham

 

Weekdays: 8:00 AM -8:00 PM

Weekends: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

AFC Urgent Care
1398 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington

781-648-4572

Weekdays: 8:00 AM -8:00 PM

Weekends: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Carewell Urgent Care

58 Bedford St., Lexington

781-538-4526

 

Weekdays: 8:00 AM -8:00 PM

Weekends: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

chart of flueOver 200,000 people are hospitalized in the US each year due to complications from the flu, so don’t become a statistic! As of February 2, there have been 32 confirmed cases of flu in Lexington during this flu season — and that's only the reported cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccine.

Older adults, young children, pregnant women, and those people with underlying health problems including obesity are especially vulnerable to serious medical complications if they come down with the flu. It’s also important to get a flu vaccine if you live with or care for, anyone who is especially vulnerable to complications from the flu, or with infants younger than 6 months, since they are too young to get the vaccine. 

In addition to getting an annual flu vaccination, the following tips can help protect you, your neighbors, friends, co-workers and family during the regular flu season.

Wash your hands. Frequent hand washing with soap, warm water and disposable paper towels is best.  Alcohol based hand sanitizer is also an effective means to clean your hands.

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw tissues away and wash your hands. Staying home when sick also helps to keep the illness from spreading.

Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. This decreases the chance that you will get the flu virus or other germs into your body, or that you will pass the flu to others.

Clean surfaces that are touched often. Clean things that are touched often, such as door or refrigerator handles, computer keyboards and mice, phones and water faucets.

Avoid contact with people who are sick. Avoid unnecessary contact like holding, kissing or sharing food, dishes and cups with anyone who has a cold or the flu.  People with young children, weak immune system or a chronic illness should avoid large crowds, if possible.

For more information, to be vaccinated or to receive a free copy of “Caring for People at Home, Flu – What you can Do.” please contact the Lexington Office of Public Health, Gerard Cody, Health Director at 781-698-4503.  You may also visit, www.flu.gov/  or www.mass.gov/flu. This important message was brought to you by the Lexington Board of Health. 

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family