Emergency Public Health Crisis
two days (Jan 11-12), the Uphams Corner Health Center saw and vaccinated nearly
400 people at their flu clinics. Considered an emergency public health
crisis in Boston, flu clinics and vaccinations have been a top
While the health center had been offering flu clinics throughout the
Fall season and then Fridays in January, the astonishing number of
confirmed flu cases in Boston prompted additional action.
In 2012, influenza rates in the area had been reported as 70 confirmed
cases. This year, before the flu season is half way done, Boston has
reported over 700 cases and a handful of deaths.
Close to 400 People Vaccinated
On Friday, January 11, the Upham’s Corner Health Center vaccinated 195 people. On Saturday, 199 people were vaccinated.
The population that came out was mixed among age and genders. What Peri
Levina, a flu coordinator, noted was ,” There were more school aged
children than we’re used to seeing.” Yvonne Tse, a woman
vaccinated on Saturday, said,” I live with a health care worker, and I
thought it would be prudent to get a shot. She’s been needling me to
Flu clinics are still going on at Upham’s Corner Health Center every
Friday in the month of January. If you would like additional
information, contact the Upham’s Corner Health Center at 617-287-8000.