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Flu season is here. 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!

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For information about where to get flu vaccine:

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

This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.