2013 Flu Season
On January 9, 2013 the city of Boston declared a public health emergency in response to the early and active influenza season affecting the city. The university continues to provide information to help students, faculty and staff stay healthy and prevent the flu.
- Message to faculty and staff, January 17, 2013
- Message to Medford/Somerville campus students and parents of undergraduates, January 11, 2013
Important things you can do to help yourself and others stay healthy
- Get immunized, if you are not already
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid close contact with those who are ill
- Cover your mouth with your arm or sleeve when you cough or sneeze
- Stay home if you have a fever
Pharmacies near the Medford/Somerville campus offering the flu shot
Tufts University Health Service vaccinated more than 3,000 students during the fall semester, but has exhausted its supply of flu shots. As Thursday, January 24, 2013 nearby pharmacies were all offering the flu shot, though it’s recommended that you call ahead to confirm availability. This list will no longer be updated.
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In 2009 a dedicated novel H1N1 virus (swine flu) website was established at http://emergency.tufts.edu/flu to provide regular updates to the community. The content is archived for reference and for future planning uses.
- Colleges and Universities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist from the Department of Health & Human Services
- Facing Down the Flu appearing in the December 16, 2005 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Handwashing information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals & Families from the Department of Health & Human Services
- Pandemic Flu Information for the Public from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- General Preparedness Information from Ready.gov, a service of the Department of Homeland Security