Communities across Massachusetts are reporting increased amounts of flu-like illness, and hospitals, community health centers and health care providers are seeing higher volumes of flu patients in their facilities. To help reduce the impact of flu on the health care system, The Department of Public Health has developed the brochure “Flu: What You Can Do – Caring for People at Home” as an informational resource to help residents care for themselves and their families without having to visit their health care provider.

The brochure explains basic concepts such as:
· What the difference is between a cold and the flu
· How to keep from getting the flu
· How to care for someone who has the flu
· When a person should call the doctor, or seek
immediate assistance through 911

Flu: What You Can Do is available at no cost in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Khmer, and Chinese. All versions are available for immediate download or in hard copy format in bulk quantities at http://www.maclearinghouse.com/product/FL3629.html

WMMRC and Massachusetts DPH encourage you to make this important informational resource available for your customers, patients, visitors, or other constituents.