Wednesday, April 3, 2013
About 300 Swampscott residents received flu shots this season.
The Swampscott Health Department would like to take this opportunity to publicly express our heartfelt appreciation for those who participated in our recent flu clinics. The success of these clinics comes from the selfless service and commitment of our volunteers. With these clinics approximately 300 residents were immunized against the influenza virus. In addition to our volunteers, we would also like to express our gratitude to Rabbi Ha Levi of the Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore and Marilyn Hurwitz of the Swampscott Senior Center for the use of their accommodating facilities. Thank you again for all you do. Our success depends on your continued assistance and support. If any Swampscott resident would like to receive a …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Hospitals across the North Shore are changing their protocol to safeguard against spreading this year's dangerous strand of influenza.
If you've visited a North Shore hospital over the last few weeks, you've probably noticed a ramped up effort to keep visitors and patients from contracting a flu virus that is sweeping the country. At Salem's North Shore Medical Center, signs have been posted throughout the hospital requesting that visitors with flu-like symptoms wear medical masks and reminding everyone, including hospital staffers, to diligently wash their hands and avoid touching their faces. According to Associate Chief Nurse Anne Barrett, visitors to the hospital's OB and Special Care offices who are feeling under the weather are being asked to postpone their visits. Similar measures are being taken at Beverly Hospital, where a Chief Quality and Safety Officer said …
Monday, January 14, 2013
You might be surprised to hear the results of an informal survey of customers and others outside CVS on Monday.
Flu shmoo. At least that's what it seemed people surveyed outside CVS pharmacy were thinking in Swampscott Monday. While others are scrambling to get a flu shot in a season where the flu is rampant some have yet to get one and aren't frantic to do so. Bob Jean of Salem hasn't had a flu shot since 1946. It was just after World War II. He served in the US Navy from 1944-46 in the South Pacific aboard a cargo ship ferrying Marines and munitions. Nearby in the CVS parking lot, waiting in a car for a friend, Swampscott resident Denis Dorgan said he has not got a flu shot this year. The Swampscott High Class of 2011 grad has been working at a hospital and thought about getting one but hasn't. But he might be getting one soon. And again there …
Friday, January 11, 2013
This year's flu is stronger and lasts longer, health officials say. Shots are still available for residents on Wednesday mornings at Town Hall.
This season's flu strain hit earlier and is lasting longer. Not only that but it appears to be more prevalent and more intense. Swampscott Health Director Jeff Vaughan thinks these factors may explain why more people have come to Town Hall for flu shots this year. More than 300, so far — which tops the number of shots administered all of last year. In addition, more people are coming in later for shots, he said. The health director thinks this is due to the strength of this season's flu. If you haven't gotten a flu shot, it's not too late, said the health director, who got his shot in November. The Health Department — its office is on the second floor 2 at Town Hall — will continue to administer the shots for free on Wednesdays from 9 a.…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Outbreaks are earlier than normal in the area.
Wednesday, January 9
The Red Cross said there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from a more active flu season. There have been 18 flu-related deaths in Massachusetts this season, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as reported by WCVB, Channel 5. Furthermore, the news report said the Infectious Disease Bureau for the Boston Health Department has a 10-time increase in reported cases in Boston than for all of last season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts. How do you prevent the flu? According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can: How do you know if you have the virus? Symptoms include: high …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine — including Swampscott Town Hall — how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Boston than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Swampscott-specific data is unavailable on Flu Trends.) Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, Swampscott will be hosting a free flu clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 26, from 9 am to 1 pmin the second-floor conference room at Swampscott Town Hall, 22 Monument Avenue Please bring your insurance cards Here are some places near Swampscott that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): According to this week's CDC Flu activity report…