This coming fall 2023, it will be important to receive the flu shot as COVID precautions are receding. Even if you use mitigation strategies such as face coverings, social distancing and hand hygiene, the best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. But did you know when you get vaccinated it also saves other lives? If you are vaccinated you will not pass the flu to a family member, someone at work, and you do your part in 'herd immunity', keeping the community healthy.
Influenza (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. There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. For details about this years flu vaccine and CDC recommendations go to the CDC webpage.
For 2023-2024 flu reports, go to Weekly Flu Report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).
The Amherst Health Department provides flu shots for uninsured Amherst residents only, 19 years or older. Please call to set up an appointment at 413-259-3077. We urge all others to get vaccinated with any formulation of the flu vaccine with your Primary Care Provider or a pharmacy.