Community 01.10.2013

Flu Season a Public Health
Emergency in Boston

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has declared a public health emergency in the city of Boston because of an especially serious outbreak of the flu this year. You can read more about what that means on Boston.com and learn more about the flu and flu vaccination on Fenway Health’s flu information web page.

Some Things To Remember During Flu Season

  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently and encourage others to do so as well. Transmission of flu from your hands to your face remains one of the most common ways to contract the flu.
  • If you cough, please cough into a tissue or sleeve at the angle of your elbow to help prevent the virus from being spread.
  • If you believe you have the flu, please stay home and take care of yourself until 24 hours after your fever subsides.
  • If your flu symptoms seem especially severe or you have other concerns, make an appointment to see your medical provider by calling Fenway at 617.927.6000. See below for more information about how flu symptoms differ from cold symptoms.
  • If you have not yet been vaccinated, please let us know. Fenway has plenty of flu vaccine and we will accommodate anyone asking for a flu vaccine during our regular business hours. Just call 617.927.6000 to make an appointment.

How Are Flu Symptoms Different From Cold Symptoms?
Unlike symptoms of a common cold, flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. It often starts with the abrupt onset of fever, headache, fatigue and body aches. Here’s a list of flu symptoms you might feel:

  • Fever (usually high), over 101 degrees
  • Severe aches and pains in the joints and muscles and around the eyes
  • Generalized weakness
  • Ill appearance with warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat and watery discharge from your nose.
  • Seasonal influenza in adults is not usually associated with gastrointestinal symptoms, like diarrhea and vomiting.

Fenway Health will hold a free, walk-in flu vaccination clinic this Saturday, January 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our 1340 Boylston Street location. You do not need to be a Fenway patient, but you must be 18 years of age or older. More information in our online calendar.