PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health is teaming up with the state’s cities and towns to host 19 immunizations clinics over the next six weeks, where people will be able to get inoculations to prevent flu, pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis free of charge.
The clinics, which are open to adults and children, will run through Dec. 14 around the state. Insurance is not required, but people who have health insurance are asked to bring their health insurance cards. According to Dr. Michael Fine, the state’s health director, every Rhode Island over the age of six months 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,” Dr. Fine said.
Noting that pertussis, which is more commonly known as whooping cough, can spread from adults to children and that it can be dangerous, Dr. Fine encouraged child care workers and mothers to get inoculated.
“Anyone who is around an infant, or who will be around an infant, should get a pertussis shot. This includes pregnant women,” he said.