Influenza (Flu) is caused by viruses that are transmitted from coughing, sneezing and touching surfaces where the virus remains. Symptoms can be fever, muscle aches, sore throat and cough. CDC recommends a vaccination for everyone six months and older with a licensed, age appropriate flu vaccine.
When going to get a flu vaccine during COVID-19, it is essential you follow all the protective protocols; wear a mask/face covering, social distance and must be COVID-19 free for a minimum of three days.
New State Requirement
State public health officials have 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. The new flu vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be required to receive the vaccine by December 31, 2020. Home schooled students and Higher ED students who are not on campuses and learning remotely are exempt from the vaccine. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using remote learning are not exempt. Watertown Health Department recommends children from 6 months to 14 years go to their pediatrician for their vaccines.