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Cambridge Flu Clinics on Schedule

November 2, 2006

As of Nov. 2, the Cambridge Public Health Department has not cancelled or postponed any of its free flu clinics, which are scheduled through Nov. 17 at sites throughout the city.
The Cambridge Public Health Department, along with many local boards of health and visiting nurses associations in Massachusetts, have not received most of their allocated doses of state-supplied flu vaccine due to shipping delays from manufacturers.
To fill the gap, Cambridge Health Alliance has loaned the health department flu vaccine that will be administered at the health department’s November flu clinics.
We expect there will be plenty of vaccine available this fall and winter,” said Rice. “Last year, flu season continued into April, meaning that it’s not too late to get a flu shot in December or even January.”
Based on 2006 CDC guidelines, the health department is recommending flu shots for:
  • Children age 6 months to 5 years (60 months).
  • Adults age 50 or older.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Adults and children (age 6 months or older) with chronic illnesses, such as heart disease or asthma.
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
  • Health care workers, caregivers, and first responders who could give the flu to people at high risk for severe illness.
  • Parents and caregivers of children under 6 months old.
  • Students and other people living in institutional settings (e.g., dormitories).
  • Anyone who wants to prevent the flu.
For the most current dates and times of the Cambridge flu clinics, call the Cambridge Public Health Department’s recorded Flu Clinic Information Line, 617-665-3855, and or visit the department's website, www.cambridgepublichealth.org.

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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