The RI Dept. of Health, in conjunction with several towns and cities across the state, will hold public vaccination clinics for protection against influenza, pneumonia, and pertussis (whooping cough).
While their is no current outbreak of any of the aforementioned illnesses, the Dept. of Health maintains the notion that a vaccinated public is the best way to prevent their spread.
Influenza, commonly know as the flu is especially dangerous to the young and elderly, and proves itself a venerable health risk every winter. Everyone, aged six months and up, can receive a flu shot.
The Pneumonia vaccine is recommended for adults aged 65 and older, but also for those 19 and older who smoke, or have heart or lung complications, such as asthma.
The Tdap vaccine, which guards against tetanus and diphtheria as well as pertussis should be administered to everyone, 11 years or older, at least once in their lifetime. Infants are the most vulnerable to the illnesses listed, and infection can cause hospitalization or even death. Anyone who is in close contact with an infant should receive a Tdap vaccine, however, pregnant women must be at least 20 weeks into their pregnancy to receive a Tdap shot. It should be noted that all students entering the seventh grade are required to have received the vaccine prior to enrollment. Those who participate in the clinic will have met this requirement.
There is no payment required for any of the vaccinations, nor is any insurance necessary. However, those with a health care provider should bring their insurance card.