Free Drive-thru Seasonal Flu Clincs
The Springfield Department of Health and Human Services is holding FREE seasonal Flu Clinics. Flu Season is on-going. We would like to get ahead of what is considered “peak” time in the flu cycle.
Influenza (otherwise known as the flu) is a highly contagious Infection of the respiratory system caused by the influenza virus. Illness can occur less than 24 hours after infection, with signs and symptoms ranging from mild to severe, such as a sore throat, runny nose, high fever, body aches, and potentially death.
Prevention strategies against all flu includes frequent hand washing, covering your mouth when sneezing and /or coughing, and not sharing items that you put in your mouth. However, the best solution to prevent the flu is to receive a flu vaccination. The flu virus changes continuously and last year’s vaccine will not necessarily be effective against this year’s flu virus.
For patients (both children and adults) to be vaccinated: the Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination will help determine if there is any reason you our your child shoud not receive the inactivated injectable influenza vaccination. If you answer “yes” to any question, it does not necessarily mean you (or your child) should not be vaccinated; it just means additional questions must be asked. If a question is not clear, please ask your healthcare provider to explain it.
Vaccine Information Statement - Inactivated Influenza Vaccine
Vaccine Insurance Information
We are currently monitoring the Novel Coronavirus situation and will provide further updates as needed. We encourage you to check out the following information from the State of Massachusetts and the CDC:
- Health Alert: Travelers from Wuhan, China
- MA Department of Public Health Memo- Coronavirus
- MDPH Coronavirus webpage
- MDPH Fact Sheets for Patients and Translations
- CDC Coronavirus Landing Page
- Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Webpage on COVID-19
- Communication to Local Board of Healths Regarding Revised CDC Traveler Guidance
The new MDPH website provides relevant up-to-date information on the state of the novel coronavirus for all residents: mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
Additional details and guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, is available from the CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Fact Sheets from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health can be found here.
Springfield Department of Health and Human Services is working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services is looking for a nurse to join the Division of nursing. The applicant must be licensed in Massachusetts. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the application of professional skills and knowledge in the performances of a wide variety of public health nursing duties in connection with communicable disease control, mass immunizations, and related programs. Public Health Nursing is a great opportunity to give back to the community. Please follow this link to check out the description and to fill out the application.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides environmental health, community nursing and health education services. The mayor appoints its director.
The department issues burial permits, records dog bites, and baits sewers for rats. It also licenses and inspects stores, massage therapists, restaurants, caterers, bakeries, day camps, pools, and trailer parks as well as septic tank cleaners and trash removal services. In addition it provides vaccines for immunizations including polio, tuberculin, tetanus, and MMR, and maintains an immunization-tracking registry. It follows up on cases of tuberculosis and other communicable diseases such as hepatitis and shigella.
Community nursing services are offered on a rotating basis at a variety of sites, generally community centers and housing projects. Services consist of blood pressure readings, health screening, and referrals. To obtain a complete list of sites with days and times of nurses' visits, call 787- 6740.
A nurse provides health care six mornings and two evenings a week for homeless people at 769 Worthington Street. Call 734 - 7140 for more information. Dental services for the homeless are also available two days a week at this location. Call 731 - 9575 for more information.
Health education and prevention programs include the following:
- Substance Abuse Prevention Program - a speaker's bureau of women who are former drug abusers.
- Violence Prevention Task Force and Trigger Lock Give-away Program.
- Tobacco Control Unit - enforces tobacco control laws, runs smoking cessation programs and education programs, and promotes a ban on smoking in restaurants.
Other programs include:
- Mayor's Office for Citizens with Disabilities - advocates for physically and mentally challenged citizens.
- Mediation training to provide volunteers to help resolve disputes in the public schools and neighborhoods.
- Child Maternal Health Commission - volunteer health professionals who have volunteered to help reduce infant mortality.