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Cambridge Flu Clinics To Begin Nov. 1

September 28, 2007

The Cambridge Public Health Department will be offering free flu shots to people age nine or older from Nov. 1 through Dec. 20 at sites throughout the city.

The bulk of the state-supplied flu vaccine will arrive in batches, beginning in November, which is why the flu clinics are scheduled for later this fall.

“We expect there will be plenty of vaccine available this year,” said Louise Rice, RN, the department’s director of public health nursing. “Flu season in New England doesn’t peak until late January and continues all the way into April, so this will give us plenty of time to make sure that everyone who needs vaccine will get it.”

Last year, the public health nurses vaccinated about 3,000 people.

Based on the 2007 CDC guidelines, the health department is recommending flu shots for:

  •  Anyone who wants to prevent the flu. 
  •  All children age 6 months to 4 years (59 months). 
  •  Adults age 50 or older. 
  •  Children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years) receiving long-term aspirin therapy.
  •  Pregnant women. 
  •  Adults and children (6 months or older) with chronic illnesses, immunosuppression, or any condition that can compromise respiratory function. 
  •  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, such as dormitories.

For dates and times of the Cambridge flu clinics, call the Cambridge Public Health Department’s recorded Flu Clinic Infoline, 617-665-3855, or visit the department's website, www.cambridgepublichealth.org.


Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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