Free Flu Clinics, Oct-Nov dates

The city of Boston is hosting a series of public clinics where residents can get vaccinated against the influenza virus. The first clinic is today, Wednesday, October 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Boston Public Health Commission, 1010 Massachusetts Avenue in Roxbury. The second clinic is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 3 at the Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mount Vernon Street in Dorchester. The third will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 19 at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square. These free clinics are for Boston residents three years and older. Visit bos.to/flu for more details, or read more after the break.It is recommended that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine. It is especially important for the following groups to be vaccinated because they are at high risk of getting sick with the flu or giving it to others who are at high risk: Pregnant women Children younger than five years, but especially children younger than two years old People 50 years of age and older People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: Health care workers Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated) In addition to these three flu vaccination clinics, the Commission has partnered with community health centers and other organizations that are holding free public flu clinics in many Boston neighborhoods. For updates on the flu virus and a complete list of vaccination clinics in Boston, go to www.bphc.org/flu or call 617-534-5050.