Colds and Flu

Colds and Flu

Flu Information for Physicians

Ordering the Flu Vaccine

Lists manufacturers, formulations available, and contact information.

ACIP Recommendations

Flu vaccine recommendations from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

DPH Flu Advisories and Policies

Recent advisories and guidance from the Mass. Department of Public Health for physicians, institutions and pharmacies.

Employee Flu Immunization Campaign Kit

When healthcare employees get vaccinated, they protect their patients as well as themselves. Use this kit to help plan an employee flu immunization campaign at your hospital or practice.


Treatment of Viral Respiratory Infections

Information and resources for physicians, including sample treatment algorithms, when antibiotics are indicated and tips and handouts to improve improving patient satisfaction when they’re not. Read More »


Flu Information for Patients

Facts About the Flu

Information about vaccines, prevention and treatment

Flu Vaccination Clinics in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Public Flu Clinic Finder

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Knowing the difference will help you determine the most effective treatment.

If You Get Sick With the Flu

Awareness of symptoms; steps to take; warning signs that it's an emergency

Attendance At School: Should I Send My Child to School?

Guidelines to follow until you can talk to your doctor

Simple Handwashing Rules for the Flu Season

Handwashing guidelines for kids; food preparation guidelines; "Soapy" coloring books, brochures and posters

What You Can Do: Caring for People at Home

Information from the Mass. Department of Public Health


Latest News & Resources

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    Zika is a virus, most often spread by mosquitoes, which can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. In pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus, it is possible for the virus to spread to the baby.

  • ACIP issues 2015-16 Flu Vaccine Recommendations September 28, 2015

    Vital Signs, October 2015 - In August, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published its 2015–16 Influenza Vaccine Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

  • Facts About the Flu January 25, 2013

  • If You Get the Flu January 24, 2013

  • MMS Flu Advisory: January 11, 2013 January 11, 2013

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RR 2 Health RisksEmerging clinical evidence and reports of public health impacts from other states.

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Resources on Recreational Marijuana

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