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Town Reports 23 Confirmed Flu Cases in Braintree So Far This Season

Free flu shots remain available in Braintree through the health department.

Flu outbreaks are being reported throughout the country, and here in Braintree officials have counted 23 confirmed cases, up from two for the entire season last year.

The town conducted several flu clinics this past fall and still has vaccines in stock, Chief of Staff and Operations Peter Morin said in an email Thursday. In addition to the 23 confirmed so far, Braintree likely has "significantly more unreported cases," Morin said.

With more than 700 confirmed cases in Boston – 10 times the number of average cases last year – Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency Wednesday morning.

The health department had 158 doses of flu vaccine remaining as of Thursday morning, Morin said. They are available to Braintree residents free of charge by appointment. Anyone interested may contact the Health Division of the Department of Licensing and Inspections at 781-794-8094.

The Red Cross offers several tips to reduce your exposure to the flu, like washing your hands often, coughing and sneezing into your elbow instead of your hand and others on this list.

MBTA precautions include cautionary information broadcast at stations and re-directed cleaning resources, according to Channel 7.

Catherine Doneghy January 10, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Does Doctor's Express do flu shots?
Joseph Markman January 10, 2013 at 06:43 PM
They do. Most insurance plans pay for them, or Doctor's Express has $20 vaccination specials during the outbreak, Kevin Moehlenkamp reports. More on the Granite Street urgent care center: http://www.doctorsexpressbraintree.com.
Doctors Express - Braintree January 10, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Thanks for getting the info out Joe! All of that is correct. Come and see us if you need your flu shot or are battling a cold. We want you to Get in. Get out. Get better! We are here for you Braintree.

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