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2020-2021 Influenza (Flu) Season
We are pleased to announce the launch of our annual flu vaccination program. Our flu schedule has been published, and patients can begin booking appointments as of Monday, September 21st by calling a practice or logging into their MyHealth Online account.
Flu shot appointments will be offered each weekday starting the week of September 28th and will continue well into the fall and winter. Patients can view hours for in-practice flu appointments by location. We are also planning to offer drive-through flu vaccination in the parking lots of five of our practice locations starting in early October. We will be utilizing our pharmacies in our vaccination efforts this year for added support. As always, any adult or pediatric patient who comes in for a pre-scheduled visit for needed medical care will be offered a flu shot as well.
Please note due to the pandemic, we will not be offering large scale walk-in clinics to ensure that optimal physical distancing and safety measures are supported for our staff and patients. All flu immunizations will require an advance appointment made through MyHealth Online or by phone. Patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure history as part of the appointment process.
We are committed to vaccinating as many patients as possible on a by-appointment basis throughout the fall and into winter. We also encourage Atrius Health patients to learn about any local health department clinics or nearby retail pharmacy locations offering flu vaccination if offered at times most convenient for you.
Please look out for more information in the next few weeks on our website and social media sites, and in our late September patient e-newsletter.
Who Should Get A Flu Vaccination This Year?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccination against influenza for all individuals over the age of 6 months. This year, annual vaccination is especially important for those 50 years and older, people with chronic conditions that could put them at risk for severe complications from the flu, as well as their household contacts.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are homeschooled and higher education students who are completely off-campus and engaged in remote learning only. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.