The Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services is offering residents a final shot for a healthy holiday season. The department will host its last flu clinic of the season during National Influenza Vaccination Week. Vaccination against the flu is still the most effective way to reduce the risk of severe illness or hospitalization.
The final flu clinic will be held on Tuesday, December 05, 2023, between the hours of 02:00 p.m. and 04:00 p.m., at the Public Health Building, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline, MA 02445.
Doses are available while supplies last. High-dose vaccine is available for adults ages 65 and over and FluMist is available for children ages 2 – 18 while supplies last. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment and save time, please register here.
Staying up-to-date on your vaccinations is one defense against respiratory illness. Here are some additional tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy throughout the season:
Keep your hands clean. Make sure you are washing your hands often to avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based product when soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your face with unclean hands.
Wear a mask. If you are visiting a family member or friend at high risk, make sure you wear a high-quality mask. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, wear a mask while visiting high-traffic places. Stay home when you feel sick and test for CoViD-19, especially after traveling. Free test kits are available at Brookline DPHHS.
Sneeze or cough in a bent elbow. Make sure you turn your sneezes and coughs away from others while using your bent elbow instead of your hand to reduce spreading germs. If you use tissues, make sure you dispose of them immediately and wash or sanitize your hands.
Keep a safe distance. Respiratory illnesses spread by droplets through coughing and sneezing. If possible, maintain distance between others to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading sickness. Try to avoid crowded and non-ventilated places.
If you know someone who is homebound and needs a flu shot, call 617-730-2320 to schedule an in-home appointment.