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VaccineImageGET THE SHOT, NOT THE FLU! |  2021 SEASONAL FLU CLINIC

The Brookline Department of Public Health will host the seasonal flu clinic on October 24, 2021 from 9 am, - 3 pm at Brookline High School, Schluntz Gymnasium. All Brookline residents over the age of 6 months are eligible to receive the flu shot. Limited flu mist available. No high dose for 65+. 

Register online or by phone (617) 730-2641 today!

Reminders:

  • Mask required
  • Do not attend if you feel ill
  • Bring a form of ID and health insurance cards
  • Wear loose-sleeved clothing for arm access
  • Families welcome
  • Limited flu mist available. No high dose for 65+

GET THE SHOT, NOT THE FLU! 2021 Seasonal Flu Clinic Flyer (pdf)

PHFoodProgBROOKLINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FOOD COUPON PROGRAM AT FARMERS' MARKET | Registration Information

Income-eligible Brookline residents: There's still time to get FREE coupons for the Brookline Farmers' Market. Register at Health Department Wednesday, October 6 or come to Farmers' Market on Thursday to register and SHOP! Details below.

 Brookline Department of Public Health Food Program Flyer (PDF)

Shop Brookline Farmers Market | Thursdays - 1:30 - 6:30 pm

$40 in coupons for 1-2 people; $80 in coupons for families of 3+

For questions or further information , please call 617-730-2336 or email Lynne Karsten (lkarsten@brooklinema.gov).

Brookline Department of Public Health Awarded Grant to Help Families in Need Access Farmers' Market (Press Release)

FRIENDS OF BROOKLINE PUBLIC HEALTH

Public Health in Brookline is much more than a one-week celebration. Support local public health, get involved - join the Friends of Brookline Public Health. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, fill out an application today

More information: Lynne Karsten: lkarsten@brooklinema.gov

Past Public Health Forums

Get the Facts/Get the Vax: Vaccine Hesitancy & Myths | April 7, 2021 

Adult Mental Health in the time of COVID-19 | March 24, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: Brookline Update | February 2, 2021

COVID-19: A conversation about COVID-19 | June 22, 2020

Population Health

Greetings!

I’ve been asked many times what population health is. Wikipedia defines it as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." It is in essence, a strategic plan to improve the health of the entire population.

Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (WHO, 1998) Public Health is “What we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy." (IOM 1988).

 Public Health 

  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behavior
  • Responds to disasters
  • Assures the quality and accessibility of Health Services

 “Population health is public health”

  • A medical model saves lives one person at a time
  • Public Health saves lives millions at a time.

Through public health achievements life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 78.1 years in 1996. That’s a 25+ years of life improvement.

Additional Information

Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Commissioner of Public Health, asks that you contact the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2300 with any questions or requests for additional information.