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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Flu Prevention

Flu activity is continuing to rise Massachusetts. Prevention is always the first step and it’s not too late to get vaccinated for the flu to reduce the impact of symptoms. There are many varieties in flu and although the vaccine does not protect all flu viruses, it does reduce the overall severity of symptoms.

Strict handwashing and cough etiquette are also very effective in preventing the spread of germs. If you do have flu-like symptoms that include fever greater than 100.5 degrees, you should stay home until fever free for 24 hours. Also, call your physician as soon as you feel symptoms so that antiviral medication can be prescribed if necessary.

We have also learned of another positive measles case in Boston. This is a viral disease that initially presents with symptoms similar to a cold or flu, with fever, cough and runny nose, which then develops into a rash on the face and body. It can be easily spread through coughing and sneezing and therefore if you have any concerns it is vital that you contact your physician immediately, especially:

  • If you have never had measles or not been vaccinated
  • Babies under 12 mos. of age
  • Adults who were vaccinated before 1968

Detailed information about measles can be found on mass.gov website 

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