From Dec. 3 - Dec. 9, the National Influenza Vaccination Awareness (NIVA) week will be observed. Established 17 years ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the week highlights the continued importance of getting a flu shot. The CDC chose this as NIVA week to remind people that even with the holiday season approaching, it is not too late to get a flu shot.

Here at the MGH, the following locations continue to offer the seasonal flu vaccine, and those who receive and document their flu shot – or their declination – in PeopleSoft by Dec. 8 will be entered into a special drawing to take home a New England Patriots jersey, signed by tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Central Flu Clinic: Visit one of two locations – the Wang Lobby (Tea Leaves and Coffee Beans) or Yawkey 2 (above the Riverside Café). Both locations will be open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm through Dec. 8.

Occupational Health Services Office: The office at 165 Cambridge St., 4th floor, is open weekdays from 7 am to 5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, or call 617-726-2217 to make an appointment.

This article was published in the 12/01/17 Hotline issue.