Health Tips in Boston



Expect winter to last from December to April. During this time, do not be surprised with Boston's below zero freezing temperatures and plenty of snow. One will need rubber-soled shoes to avoid slipping on ice and snow. Sweaters, boots, socks and gloves will come in handy to keep warm during the cold months.

During the winter season, it is highly recommended to get flu shot boosters annually this is also a good option for travelers.

Once winter is over, Boston blooms in the summer. But always be ready for a perpetual threat of rain. Do not leave behind rainproof windbreakers or umbrellas for unexpected showers.

Drinking tap water in Boston is safe. But just like in other metropolitan areas, Boston experiences problems in its water pipe system. There was a boil-water order in May 2010 but was lifted after three days.

It is best to take precautionary measures from insect bites, especially mosquitoes when going outdoors or in forested areas. Use insect repellents containing deet and ensure homes are free of stagnant water. West Nile virus has been discovered in Boston in August 2010. Currently, there is no vaccine for the virus. 

The best way to stay healthy is to consider all the recommended inoculations prior to travelling or relocating to Boston.