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Flu Facts & Resources

Seasonal Flu

Seasonal flu is a serious illness, putting 200,000 people in the hospital and killing another 36,000 each year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated for flu. The only exceptions are people with a severe allergy to eggs or to a vaccine component. Washing your hands often, and coughing and sneezing into a tissue or into the inside your elbow, will also help keep you and others healthy.

Be a Flu Fighter

Remember that the flu can spread easily, especially to those whose immune system may already be weakened by another medical condition.

  • If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and plan to visit a loved one in the hospital, please consider delaying your visit until you are feeling better. 
  • If you are scheduled for an elective procedure, talk to your care provider about whether it would be safe for you to reschedule your appointment. 
  • If you must come to the hospital with flu-like symptoms, please be sure to obtain and wear a respiratory mask, available at the hospital entrance.

» How to Prepare Before You Get Sick
» How to Take Care of Someone with the Flu
» When You Should Call a Doctor

Five Ways to Fight the Flu

1. Know the symptoms.
2. Get vaccinated.
3. Wash your hands.
4. Cover your cough and sneeze.
5. Stay home if you have symptoms of the flu.

Resources

» Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
» Mass Department of Public Health
» Boston Public Health Commission

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Main Switchboard: 617-667-7000
Find a Doctor: 800-667-5356
Directions by Phone: 617-667-3000
TDD (for hearing impaired): 800-439-0183

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