Community Health Department

Mission

Lead the way in disease prevention with community outreach, education, collaboration & health services in the Greater Nashua Public Health Region.  

Vision

An educated community that is practicing preventative health behaviors.

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Stop the Flu - it starts with you! 

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What’s new this flu season?

Flu is a serious contagious disease. CDC estimates that flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States. Influenza viruses usually infect the respiratory tract (i.e., the airways of the nose, throat and lungs). As the infection progresses, the body’s immune system responds to fight the virus. This results in inflammation that can trigger respiratory symptoms such as cough and sore throat. The immune system response can also trigger fever and cause muscle or body aches. 

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. 2018-2019 Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. Research is suggesting that folks get vaccinated earlier this year - last year was a rough flu season!! Encourage your loved ones to also get vaccinated. 

The timing of flu is unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and November and can continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February. 

Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools. We offer the vaccination here at DPHS Tuesdays 4-7PM and Fridays 8:30-10:30AM. Also, stay tuned for our upcoming Flu Clinic dates.