Flu Vaccine Update
Flu vaccine update 9/9/20: As is the case at many other practices, we have not yet received our pre-ordered supply of flu vaccine at New Health.
We know some pharmacies have offered flu vaccine as early as the end of August this year, but it is fine to get vaccinated any time before the end of November (though getting vaccinated ANY time throughout the flu season is beneficial). It takes about 2 weeks to make antibodies after the flu vaccine.
Typically, the yearly increase in influenza does not start before December. The current recommendation is for all people age 6 months and above to be vaccinated, though we will be paying particular attention to patients at high risk for complications of the flu.
Once we receive flu vaccine, we aggressively vaccinate high risk and pediatric patients at the time of office visits in the fall. We will also have other opportunities for vaccination. We encourage patients to get vaccinated at any site that is convenient, be it a town vaccination program, your worksite, a pharmacy or our practice.
Starting 9/22, MGH will have a walk-in vaccination program daily for anyone age 9 and up who is registered at MGH. This will take place at the Russell Museum of Medicine on the corner of Cambridge St and North Grove St. The hours are 7:00 am-6:00 pm Monday – Friday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturdays.
Further details on the vaccine programs at New Health will be posted on our website as we have more information, or can be accessed by calling our flu hotline at 617-643-8114. John Foster MD, MPH – CMO.