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Posted on: September 26, 2018

Flu Clinic Dates for Westford Residents Only

Flu Clinic Schedule Westford Residents Only

The Westford Health Department will sponsor flu clinics on the dates, times and locations listed below.  No appointments are necessary. ** Please note that because of limited pediatric vaccine, we request that those under the age of 36 months receive their vaccine from their MD if possible. All children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent at all clinics. State supply of vaccine has been greatly reduced so clinics will be held until vaccine is depleted. Please bring insurance information to the clinic as the town can seek reimbursement from insurance carriers.

 

Thursday, October 11, 2018:  12:30 -3:30 pm    Senior Dose for 65 and Older

      Location:     Franco American Club.  Walk-In

                                     12:30-1:30 pm:   A-H

                                      1:30-2:30 pm:    I-Q

                                      2:30-3:30 pm:   R-Z 

 

Regular FLU Clinics:

 

Friday, October 5:      10:00 am-12:00pm @Fletcher Library             Walk-In

Tuesday, Oct 16:         6:00-8:00 p.m.        @ Millennium School        Walk-In

Tuesday, Oct 23:           6:00-8:00 pm          @ Millennium School        Walk-In

                        

SCHOOL-BASED FLU CLINIC PROGRAM

 

This year we will be providing FLU SHOTS and Flu Mist Nasal Spray to Westford Academy and Middle School Students 

 and Flu Mist ONLY to the elementary schools

*Limited Supply of Flu Mist Nasal Spray is available*

 

  • School-based flu clinics will be offered again this year to Westford Academy, Blanchard, Stony Brook Middle School students and elementary school students this fall.  Details (including dates and restrictions) will be sent to parents via the WPS Billboard listserv, WPS Superintendent’s email, and the Westford Board of Health listserv.  Information will not be mailed to the students’ homes. Please register your child on our Westford Health Dept website or call 978-692-5509 for further information.
  • November 5, 2018 at Westford Academy 7 am (before school), Crisafulli and Robinson elementary schools.
  • November 6, 2018 at Stony Brook Middle School 7:45 am, Abbot Elementary and Nabnasset Elementary School.
  • November 7, 2018 at Blanchard Middle School 7:45 am, Norman Day Elementary and Miller Elementary School. 

 

Homebound individuals, who require a home visit, should contact the Health Department

 at 978-692-5509 to schedule an appointment. 

 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a senior dose vaccine for seniors 65 years and older.

The committee recommended that the trivalent formulation influenza vaccines for the U.S. 2018-2019 influenza season contain the following:

an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus

an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16–0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus

a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria lineage).

The committee also recommended that quadrivalent influenza vaccines contain the above three strains and the following additional B strain:

a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage)


These vaccines will not prevent illness caused by other viruses. It takes up to 2 weeks or more for protection to develop after the vaccine. Protection lasts about a year.  Anyone with an allergy to egg cannot receive this vaccine at one of our public clinics.

Annual influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.  Everyone, regardless of prior vaccination, will need to be revaccinated to be protected this year.

People at Increased Risk for Influenza-Related Complications:

All children 6 months through 4 years of age.

All persons > 50 years of age.

People 6 months - 18 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

Women who will be pregnant during influenza season and postpartum women.

People > 6 months of age who have:

Chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hyper­tension), renal,        hepatic, neurological, hematologic, or metabolic disorders, including diabetes;

Immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or HIV);

Any condition (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or        other neuromuscular disorders) that can compromise respiratory function or the       handling

          of respiratory secretions or that can increase the risk of aspiration.

Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.

American Indians/Alaska Natives


 
 


 

 

People who are morbidly obese (BMI > 40)


To get up to date information during the flu season, visit the Health Department website at www.westfordma.gov/boh or sign up for our Health Department listserv at www.westfordma.gov/subscriber  .

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