Influenza

Flu Facts - What you need to know

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Date of Record:  January 15, 2021

REMOVAL OF FLU VACCINE REQUIREMENT IN CHILDCARE / PRESCHOOL, PRIMARY, SECONDARY, AND POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts. 

MDPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.  

Flu Prevention Tips


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

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