Boston Public Health Commission Encourages People to Get the Flu Shot Ahead of Flu Season

BOSTON ~ As the cold weather approaches, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is urging all residents aged 6 months and older to get their annual influenza (Flu) vaccination. Vaccination is the best way to protect against severe illness and hospitalization from the flu, especially for those in higher risk groups such as children under 5 years old, adults aged 65 and older, pregnant people, and people with chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of BPHC said: "Getting your annual flu shot should be at the top of your fall to-do list because vaccination is the best way to decrease the risk of severe illness and hospitalization from the flu especially if you are older, very young, pregnant, or have a weakened immune system. If you are at higher risk and develop flu symptoms, reach out to your health care provider. Treatment may be available."

Flu vaccines are widely available throughout Boston and are often covered by insurance including MassHealth. Residents can visit their local pharmacy or community health center for a vaccine or contact their primary health care provider to set up an appointment. BPHC is also offering free Flu vaccines at two locations: The Bruce C. Bolling Building in Roxbury and City Hall in Boston. Walk-ins are welcome at both locations with no appointments or proof of insurance needed; The Bruce C. Bolling Building is open Thursdays - Saturdays from 12 pm - 6 pm while City Hall is open Mondays from 7 am - 1 pm and Wednesdays from 12 pm - 5 pm. Additionally, residents can find other local flu and COVID-19 vaccination sites by using the CDC's vaccine finder tool.

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For those without health insurance or who face co-pays as a barrier to getting vaccinated, they can call the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050 for assistance with transportation services to vaccine sites as well as information on free vaccines available through BPHC clinics.

The Bruce C. Bolling Building and City Hall will also soon have updated COVID-19 vaccines available for everyone ages 6 months and older to protect against new variants of the virus; most health insurances including MassHealth will cover its cost but people can contact their provider with any questions or call the Mayor's Health Line for more information on availability of these vaccines within coming weeks.

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