Somerville Health                                       Department NewsletterOctober 2010                                 ...
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October 2010 MRC Newsletter

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October 2010 Newsletter for the City of Somerville\'s Medical Reserve Corp.

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October 2010 MRC Newsletter

  1. 1. Somerville Health Department NewsletterOctober 2010 Volume 1, Number 1In This Issue Welcome!• The upcoming flu season This new monthly e-newsletter from Somerville’s Health Department is our way of reaching out to MRC members and the larger Somerville community to• Bed bugs help keep people informed about current health issues and provide useful• Food poisoning and the information about Emergency Preparedness. We hope to make this an recent egg recall interactive newsletter by encouraging readers to respond to articles and have their input on future ideas for the newsletter. News Corner Each month 2 to 3 health topics will be discussed. There will also be a• Vote and Vax “news corner” with up-to-date information about what’s going on at Somerville’s Health Department including upcoming events and projects. Visit www.somervillema.gov/health for the most up to date information from the Health Department. The Upcoming Flu Season Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that is spread by coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. Flu season is considered to start in late fall and continue through early spring. The peak of flu season is usually during the fall and winter months but can be in April or May. Symptoms of the flu include: fever, sore throat, cough, headache, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue. The flu shot (along with regular hand washing)CDC-Seasonal Influenza is the most effective way to prevent the flu and isClick on the link above for: recommended for everyone older than 6 months.detailed information aboutthe flu, advice for parents, Typically, children ages 6 months to 8 years shouldand people at high risk receive 2 doses of the vaccine due to their less mature immune system. Consult with your doctor to determine what is best for your child. An annual shot is necessary because influenza viruses are constantly changing and each year scientists try to match the vaccine to the viruses most likely to cause flu that season by monitoring the “flu season” in the Southern Hemisphere which precedes ours. It is important to get the flu shot as soon as it is available to ensure protection if the season starts early. People should talk with their doctor if they have any severe, life- threatening, allergies before getting the flu shot. Hand washing and maintaining good personal hygiene is important in preventing the spread and contraction of the flu. Information from CDC: Inactivated Influenza Vaccine, Aug. 2010; Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report, July 2010)

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