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Protect Yourself from Flu!

Flu season will be here soon. Make plans now to get a flu shot, and protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the flu.

Everyone six months of age and older should receive flu vaccine every year. Vaccination is especially important for children younger than five years of age, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, and the elderly. These people are at higher risk of serious flu complications if they get the flu.

However, even healthy people can develop serious complications if they get the flu. These complications, like pneumonia or a worsening of health conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, can result in hospitalization and even death.

Getting vaccinated protects you and those around you!

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/flu.

For information about where to get flu vaccine:

  • Call your health care provider;
  • Contact your local health department; or
  • Visit www.flushot.healthmap.org or call 617-983-6800 for a list of flu clinics near you.

photo: Paul Dietl, Chief Human Resource Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts presents signed AEDA document to Ann Harstein, Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Massachusetts Registers with AEDA

At Governor Deval Patrick’s direction, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to register with the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance (AEDA), thereby providing all those who work for the Commonwealth with access to information, care and support resources for a loved one with dementia and for family caregivers. At the same time, the Commonwealth became the 100th state employer to join the Alliance. In 2010, recognizing the increasing incidence and impact of Alzheimer’s Disease, Governor Patrick convened a task force to develop a state plan with recommendations, goals and strategies for improving the lives of patients and their families. Among the recommendations, the task force included state participation in the Alliance.

State workers will find the information at www.mass.gov/hrd. The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and resources to everyone at its website: www.alz.org/manh, or call the Executive Office of Elder Affairs at 1-800-Age-Info (1-800-236-4636).