FLU CLINIC: Thursday November 13th, 4 -6PM at the Beverly Council on Aging located at 90 Colon Street. Clinic is open to those ages 5 and up. Please bring all insurance cards and wear short or loose-fitting sleeves. A limited supply of FluMist is available. Please call 978-921-8591 with any questions.
ENTEROVIRUS D68: Most people have now heard about Enterovirus D68 (EV-68). There are over 100 types of enteroviruses which cause about 10 - 15 million infections in the US each year. These infections are especially common in the summer and fall. The best protection against enteroviruses of any kind is frequent hand washing with soap and water. In addition, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands and sharing cups or utensils with sick people. Frequent disinfection of surfaces is also recommended. There is no vaccine available for EV-68. If you or your child is suffering from severe respiratory illness or muscle weakness after a viral illness, seek medical assistance. For more information on Enterovirus D68 please visit:http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html
Fall is in full swing and although the temperatures are dipping down into the 40s and 50s at night, mosquitoes and ticks remain active. Residents should still be mindful of the threat posed by ticks and mosquitoes.
West Nile Virus and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) have been identified in mosquitoes in Massachusetts. With the recent rain and heat, mosquito populations are expected to increase. Please use personal protection when enjoying outdoor activities. To reduce exposure to mosquitoes, wear long sleeves, long pants and an effective insect repellent. For more information please visit:
Lyme and other tick borne diseases are a constant outdoor worry in New England. Protect yourself by wearing effective tick repellents and full coverage clothing while outdoors. When returning home conduct a tick-check as ticks can ride-in on clothing and animals. For more information please visit: