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Influenza

Influenza (the flu) is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses. Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and are worse than the common cold. 

Flu season starts in October and continues until May in the United States, which means that you are especially at risk for contracting the flu season during those months. As the winter wears on, you become even more at risk until the flu season peaks in February. Although the virus can cause serious complications for the young and elderly, there is no need to fear the flu if you prepare yourself and take precautions before the season strikes. 

Some people are more at risk to become sick with the flu, such as the elderly, very young children, and people with serious health conditions that compromise their immune systems. If you think you might be at any sort of risk, the best action you can take to avoid the flu is to set up an appointment to receive the vaccine, which is available in a number of forms. You can be vaccinated with a nasal spray, or an intramuscular or intra-dermal shot, which is administered just under the skin. 

Receiving the flu vaccine will not guarantee that you will be flu free, but it significantly reduces the odds that you will contract the virus. There is a two week period after you receive the vaccine before it becomes fully effective, so you should make an effort to practice proper hand washing techniques and avoid contact with people who might have the flu. If you do happen to come down with the flu after being vaccinated, you will most likely experience a much milder version of the virus.

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Infectious Diseases Clinic

The Infectious Disease Clinic provides compassionate care to patients for a wide range of conditions through both our general clinic and several comprehensive subspecialty clinics.
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Doctors + Care Team

Deborah Blazey-Martin, MD, MPH

Deborah Blazey-Martin, MD, MPH

Title(s): Chief, Internal Medicine and Primary Care; Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-9712

Internal medicine, urgent care, quality, adult primary care, medical ethics

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David R. Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAST

David R. Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAST

Title(s): Chief, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases; Hospital Epidemiologist; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5788
Fax #: 617-636-8525

General infectious diseases, cytomegaloviruses and tranplantation infectious diseases

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Amy  Dinitz, MD
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Amy Dinitz, MD

Title(s): Primary Care Physician
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-1384

Internal medicine, adult primary care

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Christine A. Wanke, MD

Christine A. Wanke, MD

Title(s): Attending Physician; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-3810

Complications of HIV, HIV and nutrition (over and under nutrition), HIV and metabolic issues including cardiovascular risk, HIV and diarrhea, traveler's diarrhea, nutrition and infection

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David R. Stone, MD

David R. Stone, MD

Title(s): Attending Physician; Co-Director of the Mycobacteria Treatment Clinic; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-7100

HIV treatment, tuberculosis and atypical mycobacteria care

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Dineli N. Ahearn, MD

Dineli N. Ahearn, MD

Title(s): Director, Primary Care Innovation; Primary Care Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-8848

Internal medicine, hospital medicine, adult primary care

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Gretchen Volpe, MD, MPH

Gretchen Volpe, MD, MPH

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-7011

Infectious diseases, HIV lipodystrophy

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Helen W. Boucher, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Helen W. Boucher, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Title(s): Attending Physician; Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-8525

Care of immunocompromised patients, transplant-related infections and S. aureus/MRSA infections

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Jack  Naggar, MD
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Jack Naggar, MD

Title(s): Primary Care Physician
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-1384

Internal medicine, adult primary care

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Jaclyn Chu, MD
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Jaclyn Chu, MD

Title(s): Primary Care Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-9712

Internal medicine, adult primary care, quality

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James Hellinger, MD, MSc

James Hellinger, MD, MSc

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-7100

Infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, travel medicine, HIV/HCV co-infection

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Jenny Hong Gao, MD, PhD
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Jenny Hong Gao, MD, PhD

Title(s): Primary Care Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-1384

Internal medicine, adult primary care

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Jillian  Suzukida, MD

Jillian Suzukida, MD

Title(s): Primary Care Physician
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-1384

Internal medicine, adult primary care, urgent care

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Jose J. Caro, MD

Jose J. Caro, MD

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-8525

HIV/AIDS, human papilloma virus and anal dysplasia, sexually transmitted infections, general infectious diseases

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Judith Pinsker, MD

Judith Pinsker, MD

Title(s): Primary Care Physician; Associate Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-6403

Internal medicine, adult primary care

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Kristin  Huang, MD
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Kristin Huang, MD

Title(s): Primary Care Physician
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-1384

Internal medicine, adult primary care

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Laura Kogelman, MD
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Laura Kogelman, MD

Title(s): Director, Infectious Diseases Clinic; Director, Traveler's Health Service; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-7100

HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis for blood-borne pathogens, traveler's health and tropical medicine, general infectious diseases

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Natalie E. Nierenberg, MD, MPH

Natalie E. Nierenberg, MD, MPH

Title(s): Medical Director, Inpatient Wound Prevention and Management; Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7761
Fax #: 617-636-3198

Transplant infectious diseases, wound care at the Center for Vascular Medicine, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, travel medicine, general infectious disease

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Prianka  Chawla, MD
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Prianka Chawla, MD

Title(s): Primary Care Physician
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-1384

Internal medicine, adult primary care

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Rakhi (Teena) Kohli, MD, MS

Rakhi (Teena) Kohli, MD, MS

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-1580

Transplant infectious diseases, HIV infection and insulin resistance

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Sora  Al-Rowas, MD, MSc
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Sora Al-Rowas, MD, MSc

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-1384

Internal medicine, adult primary care

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Yee  Chuan Ang, MD
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Yee Chuan Ang, MD

Title(s): Geriatrician; Primary Care Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care, Geriatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-8848

Geriatric medicine, internal medicine

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Yoav Golan, MD, MS, FIDSA

Yoav Golan, MD, MS, FIDSA

Title(s): Attending Physician; Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-1580

General infectious diseases, C. difficile, infections in immunocompromised hosts, infections in returning travelers

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