2014 Clinic Schedule

The clinics below are free and open to the public. This list will be updated regularly throughout the season. For specific questions about the types of vaccine available please call the Worcester Division of Public Health Office of Nursing at 508 799 8555.

10/8/14 **Questions about this clinic should be addressed to the Millbury Board of Health 508-865-47218:30am-NoonMillbury Senior Center
One River Street
Millbury, MA
10/10/14*Community Immunity 2pm-6pmWorcester Senior Center
128 Providence Street
Worcester, MA
10/20/14Noon-2pmWRTA Hub
60 Foster Street
Worcester, MA
10/21/142pm-5pmLeicester Town Hall
Planning Room/Lower Level
3 Washburn Square
Leicester, MA
10/27/149am-11amWest Boylston Senior Center
127 Hartwell Street
West Boylston, MA
10/27/144pm-6pmUnion Hill Elementary School
1 Chapin Street
Worcester, MA 01604
10/29/149am-1pmWorcester Senior Center
128 Providence Street
Worcester, MA
Grafton Municipal Building
30 Providence Road
Grafton, MA
11/3/149am-NoonLeicester Senior Center
40 Winslow Avenue
Leicester, MA
11/5/144pm-6pmGoddard School of Science & Technology
14 Richards Street
Worcester, MA
11/6/143:30pm-5:30pmWorcester Arts Magnet School
315 St Nicholas Avenue
Worcester, MA
11/10/1410am-NoonWRTA Hub
60 Foster Street
Worcester, MA
11/13/143:30pm-5:30pmElm Park Community School
23 North Ashland Street
Worcester, MA
11/14/149:30am-11:30amHolden Senior Center
1130 Main Street
Holden, MA
11/20/14Noon-3pmShrewsbury Senior Center
98 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA

What is the Flu?

Influenza, more commonly known as “the flu” is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (i.e., the nose, throats, lungs). Unline many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people.

In the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications each year.

Some people, such as older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications.

What is the Best Way to Protect Myself and My Family?

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each year. The flu vaccine is safe and does cause the flu. The vaccine should be administered before the start of flu season, ideally by the end of October, but it can be administered throughout flu season, into January and February.

It is also important to wash hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw tissues in the trash after you use it.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Where Can I get the Flu Vaccine?

The Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance offers flu vaccine at no cost to residents each year. Clinic times and locations will be posted as soon as they become available. The alliance occasionally has vouchers for no-cost vaccinations at area pharmacies. Call 508 799 8531 for more information.

Community Resources

The resources below are intended to help promote healthy behaviors and prevent flu. Feel free to print and use in your organization. Some materials have been developed by the Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance and some have been made available by partners at the MA Department of Public Health.

Clean Hands Poster (english)

Community Immunity 2014 (spanish)

Community Immunity 2014 (english)

Cover Your Cough (english)

Flu Facts: What You Need to Know (english)

Handwashing (english)

Flu Information (english)

Flu Information (spanish)