Flu Shots Still Available in Watertown Amidst Heavy Outbreak in Massachusetts

Many Bay State residents have suffered from the flu, and some have even died.


Flu season has hit Massachusetts hard, but the Watertown Health Department still has vaccine available for those who not gotten their shot. 

The flu outbreak in Massachusetts has been so severe that some cities have declared health emergencies. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency, after more than 700 cases have been reported in the Hub, and 18 people across the state have died from the flu.

Watertown has had its share of cases, said Public Health Nurse Wil Van Dinter. The flu season is early this year, and people may not have taken the threat as seriously this year, Van Dinter said.

"The number of cases have been increasing, especially compared to last year," Van Dinter said. "Last year was a very mild season. That is part of the problem, people think of last year and that it wasn’t that bad."

There is still time to get a vaccination shot, Van Dinter said. 

"We have walk ins on Fridays and we have one more flu clinic," Van Dinter said.

The flu clinic will be on Jan. 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Watertown Free Public Library.

The Health Department also takes walk in appointments in Town Hall on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 617-972-6446 for an appointment.

"We will keep giving shots until we run out of vaccine," Van Dinter said.

Shots are also available at CVS. See more information here.

The Red Cross offers several tips to reduce your exposure to the flu, like washing your hands often, coughing and sneezing into your elbow instead of your hand and others on this list. 

Dawn January 09, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Health is God's number 1 prize, Get your shot or others will catch it. Wasing hands always, and covering mouth when coughing or sneezing is common sense, use it!!!! Respect others health &safety!
Dawn January 09, 2013 at 10:02 PM
There is typed error in here, understandable, busy! It's NOT cough, sneeze into elbow, that's impossible. It's cough ,sneeze into the crook of your arm. It's still wise to wash hands often. Throughout entire day! Keep yourself healthy & it won't spread!
Dawn January 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Noone posts? 20 children have died. There is seious concern. Noone else has input? If not I'm appalled!
jann January 12, 2013 at 07:42 PM
According to the main CVS Pharmacy data line, CVS Pharmacies in MA are totally out of flu vaccine. The CVS in Medford was the last, they are technically still vaccinating, but did not think they had enough doses left for the people (several dozens) already in line at noon today.CVS is trying to get some in from outside the NE region, but so far have been unable. Walgreens still has vaccine at some locations. IMPORTANT: No pharmacy will vaccinate anyone under 18, even with a parent present. Most of them will not tell you this until you hand them your insurance card. Only clinics (like the CVS MinuteClinics) can vaccinate anyone under 18. CVS is the only store lisenced in MA to operate these clinics. As of today town clinics, hospital walk-in clinics and (if you are lucky) your pediatrician's office are the only resources for flu shots for children. I have spent the 2 weeks trying to get my teen daughter a shot, with no luck. TIP: If you find vaccine and your teen looks old enough to pass for 18, just pay the $30 cash and lie on the form. I wish I had.


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