Boston Public Health Alert :: January 2013

Mayor Menino has declared a public health emergency due to the high number of influenza cases in the City of Boston. Residents are urged to get vaccinated if they have not done so already by calling their doctor, or visiting a nearby community health center during a free vaccination clinic.

The elderly, young children, and people with other health issues can get very sick with influenza, so it’s particularly important for these groups to be vaccinated.

Avoid getting sick by washing your hands thoroughly, not touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you develop illness with a fever, be sure to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and please, stay at home. Contact your doctor for additional guidance, especially if you are in one of the high risk groups.

To find your nearest free flu vaccination clinic, please call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050, or visit