GET THE SHOT, NOT THE FLU! | 2021 SEASONAL FLU CLINIC
The Brookline Department of Public Health will host the seasonal flu clinic on October 24, 2021 from 9 am, - 3 pm at Brookline High School, Schluntz Gymnasium. All Brookline residents over the age of 6 months are eligible to receive the flu shot. Limited flu mist available. No high dose for 65+.
Register online or by phone (617) 730-2641 today!
- Mask required
- Do not attend if you feel ill
- Bring a form of ID and health insurance cards
- Wear loose-sleeved clothing for arm access
- Families welcome
- Limited flu mist available. No high dose for 65+
BROOKLINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FOOD COUPON PROGRAM AT FARMERS' MARKET | Registration Information
The following is Registration information for the Brookline Department of Public Health special coupon program at the Farmers’ Market. Please bring a form of ID to verify that you are a Brookline resident and eligible for the program.. This message will be updated regularly. Please note: At some locations, registration may involve a lottery. Dates and locations are:
Brookline Senior Center | 93 Winchester Street
Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 10 am - noon
Walnut Street Apartments | 22 High Street
Monday, September 27, 2021 | 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
High Street Veterans | 224 High Street
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
Kickham Apartments | 190 Harvard Street
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 10:30 am - noon
Shop Brookline Farmers Market | Thursdays - 1:30 - 6:30 pm
$40 in coupons for 1-2 people; $80 in coupons for families of 3+
For questions or further information , please call 617-730-2336 or email Lynne Karsten (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FRIENDS OF BROOKLINE PUBLIC HEALTH
Public Health in Brookline is much more than a one-week celebration. Support local public health, get involved - join the Friends of Brookline Public Health.
If you are interested in becoming a member, fill out an application today!
More information: Lynne Karsten: email@example.com
Past Public Health Forums
Requesting a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card
Please visit this website to find out how to request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card.
COVID-19 Indoor Mask Signage
The following are signs for use in residential properties.
The following is a sign for use in local businesses.
COVID-19 TESTING SITE LOCATOR
MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE TIME OF COVID-19
BROOKLINE ACT VACCINE PROJECT (video links)
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
FLU SEASON: Get the shot, not the flu!
Who should get a flu vaccine this season?
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of serious complications from influenza. A full listing of people at Higher Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications is available.
Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people.
There are many vaccine options to choose from. CDC does not recommend any one flu vaccine over another. The most important thing is for all people 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year.
If you have questions about which flu vaccine to get, talk to your doctor or other health care professional. More information is available at Who Should Get Vaccinated.
SAFE FOOD PREPARATION
Take Steps to Prevent Food Poisoning
As you prepare and handle food, follow these four steps to help prevent foodborne illness (also called food poisoning):
Anyone can get sick from food poisoning. But some groups of people are more likely to get sick and to have a more serious illness:
- Pregnant people
HEALTH ALERT: MARIJUANA, VAPING & COVID-19
With Phase 1 of Massachusetts’ reopening of businesses and services, recreational marijuana stores are being allowed to open. This could mean greater access for teens, who may not realize that even occasional marijuana smoking and vaping can compromise lungs and increase susceptibility and complications from COVID. Vaping has been especially problematic during the closure, which has caused an upswing in black market cartridges, which can be especially dangerous due to unregulated chemicals. At least one Brookline teen has gone to the hospital with a very severe reaction from vaping.
CNN has done a recent informative piece - https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/health/smoking-weed-coronavirus-wellness/index.html
PLEASE VISIT BROOKLINECOVID19.COM
I’ve been asked many times what population health is. Wikipedia defines it as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." It is in essence, a strategic plan to improve the health of the entire population.
Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (WHO, 1998) Public Health is “What we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy." (IOM 1988).
- Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
- Prevents injuries
- Promotes and encourages healthy behavior
- Responds to disasters
- Assures the quality and accessibility of Health Services
“Population health is public health”
- A medical model saves lives one person at a time
- Public Health saves lives millions at a time.
Through public health achievements life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 78.1 years in 1996. That’s a 25+ years of life improvement.
Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Commissioner of Public Health, asks that you contact the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2300 with any questions or requests for additional information.