It's not too late to get vaccinated! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) expects influenza (flu) activity to remain elevated for a number of weeks and believes that an annual flu vaccine is the best possible way to protect against influenza and its potentially serious complications.
The Health Department still has vaccine available
Contact the Public Health Nurse: Jessica Kerr by phone at 781-316-3140 or via email to schedule an appointment.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all persons 6 months or older receive an annual flu vaccine.
The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent hand washing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like the flu.
For More information about the flu virus, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Immunization Form - Adults
To expedite the vaccination process, download and complete the vaccination form prior to the clinic. Residents must bring their insurance card(s) to the clinics. There is no fee for Arlington residents whose insurance provider is participating in the State Vaccination Program. Please note Aetna, and BCBS from other states, are not participating in the MA State Vaccination Program.
For the regular flu vaccine, there is a $15 per vaccination fee for Arlington residents who do not have a participating insurance or do not bring their insurance card to the clinic. There is a $49.99 fee for Arlington residents who wish to get the high dose vaccine, but whose insurance provider is not participating in the State Vaccination Program. Children who do not have insurance will receive the vaccine at no cost.
Remember be healthy, be safe and don’t forget to vaccinate!
*Vaccination forms will be sent home with all public school children in September. Please remember to attach a copy of your child’s insurance card to the vaccination form.
All flu vaccinations are entered into the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), a statewide system that keeps track of immunization records for your and your family. View more information on MIIS. If you do not want your healthcare provider to have access to your flu shot, the State allows participants to Opt out of MIIS. Download the Objection Form.
Please check this site regularly for important updates; flu information updates are also available on the Flu Hotline at 781-316-3413.
Avoid Getting the Flu
Follow these important tips to avoid the flu virus this season:
- Get the flu shot
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.