HEALTH + RI Cities and Towns Team Up To Offer No-Cost Vaccinations
Monday, November 04, 2013
The flu vaccine, Tdap (which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (which protects against pneumonia) will be available at all 19 locations. While insurance is not required for the vaccinations, those with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards. The clinics are open to both children and adults, and will run on individual dates from November 5 to December 14.
“The flu is a serious illness that can spread easily. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot every year. If you have not been vaccinated yet, this is a great chance to protect yourself and the ones you love,” said Michael Fine, M.D., Director of Health. “Pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough, can also be dangerous. Pertussis often spreads from adults to infants. Anyone who is around an infant, or who will be around an infant, should get a pertussis shot. This includes pregnant women.”
Who should receive these vaccinations?
* Everyone older than six months of age.
* Flu shots are especially important for pregnant women, the elderly, healthcare workers, and people with long-term medical conditions. Examples of long-term medical conditions are asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
* All pregnant women should receive Tdap with each pregnancy from their prenatal care provider, if they are more than 26 weeks pregnant. If a prenatal provider does not provide Tdap, a public clinic is an option to receive the vaccine.
* Anyone who spends time with an infant.
* Anyone 11 years of age or older who has never received a dose of Tdap.
* Any adult who smokes or has asthma.
* Anyone 65 years of age or older (even if they have previously been vaccinated).
* Babies and young children should also get vaccinated against pneumonia, however the type of pneumococcal vaccine that they receive will not be available at these public clinics. Parents should contact their children’s doctors about these shots.
People are able to receive multiple vaccines at the same time.
Check here for a schedule of clinics (located under "Clinics Hosted By Cities and Towns")
Check here for more information about flu vaccine, Tdap, and pneumonia vaccine.
For general information about the clinics, call the Health Information Line: 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711.
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