As we head into cooler weather, it’s time to think about flu and COVID-19 risks. Flu season will soon be upon us. Spending more time indoors means that there’s more opportunity for COVID-19 to spread. To protect against these two threats, the Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) strongly recommends that residents get an annual flu vaccine AND stay up-to-date on COVID vaccinations and boosters.
The CDC recommends that all people age 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu vaccination, with rare exceptions. Different flu vaccines are approved for people of different ages. Everyone should get a flu vaccine that is appropriate for their age. The Cambridge Public Health Department’s clinics will offer regular flu vaccine, flu nasal spray, and high-dose flu vaccine.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. People age 5 and older should receive boosters. Updated bivalent boosters, which offer protection against multiple COVID variants, are currently recommended for everyone age 12 and older.
Flu shots and COVID vaccines and boosters are widely available at local pharmacies and many doctors’ offices. CPHD is also offering several community vaccination clinics in locations across Cambridge to make it even more convenient for residents to protect themselves against serious illness this winter. These CPHD clinics will begin in October and offer flu and COVID vaccines and boosters for residents age 6 months and older.
To view the CPHD vaccine clinic schedule and learn more about flu and COVID-19 vaccination, visit the CPHD website.
Make an appointment for a flu and/or COVID vaccine here. Residents can check both the flu and COVID options to register for two vaccines at the same time.