Flu season is back, and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is offering free flu vaccinesflugrasphic_flu ahead 2013 for the public on Wednesday, October 22, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 1010 Massachusetts Ave in Boston. Please use the entrance across from Magazine Street, and follow signs to the second floor. No appointment is necessary, but at this clinic, children must be 3 years or older to get vaccinated. Also, please bring a copy of your health insurance card with you to the clinic.

The best protection against influenza this flu season is vaccination, and it is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine. It is especially important for the following groups to be vaccinated because they are at high risk of getting sick with the flu or giving it to others who are at high risk:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children less than 5 years of age
  • Seniors
  • Anyone of any age with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease (including asthma), kidney disease, or otherwise healthy people who are morbidly obese. (BMI ≥40 kg or 88 lbs/m2)
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
      • Health care workers
      • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
      • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Other steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu include washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick.

Click here for a schedule of free flu vaccine clinics throughout the city, or call the Mayor’s Health Line at (617) 534-5050. For more information on the flu and flu vaccine safety, please visit www.bphc.org/flu.