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HEALTH ALERT - Widespread Influenza Activity NOW In Massachusetts

According to statistics from the state Department of Public Health, influenza cases in the state increased so far in the flu season for 2018-2019. Activity is now reported as Widespread in Massachusetts, at High intensity. This year, the most common flu strain is H1N1. Influenza-like illness (ILI, defined by fever >100°F and cough and/or sore throat).

Please remember the following:

  • A flu shot is the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications, including hospitalization. 
  • Wash your hands often, and thoroughly, and encourage hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
  • Stay away from sick people.

For more in CDC’s influenza information please visit The CDC website

Detailed weekly flu surveillance reports are posted on the Mass Public Health Blog.

Location of Flu and Adult Vaccination Services:

HealthMap Vaccine Finder assists the public with locating influenza and adult vaccination services within their communities. It is a free, online service where users can search for locations that offer immunizations. Its staff works with partners such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services. 

Influenza (Flu) Information

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. 

Flu Resources

Visit CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu.

Public Health Advisory - Opiate Overdose

The City of Worcester Division of Public Health is concerned about an increase in deaths related to opiate overdoses in recent days. Preliminary testing indicates that contaminated heroin may be available on the streets. If you witness a suspected drug overdose please call 9-1-1 immediately.


Important note: This website is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care, only a supplement to it. If you believe you have a medical problem, please contact your family doctor or physician.