Everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu every year. It is also important for people to be immunized against several other vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunization recommendations are based on age (infants/children preteens/teens adults).
Children can be vaccinated at their doctors' offices, at schools, or at community clinics. Depending on the vaccines needed, adults can be vaccinated at their doctors' offices, at community clinics, at pharmacies, or at some school-located clinics.
The Rhode Island Department of Health works with the Ocean State Adult Immunization Coalition to promote public flu vaccination clinics throughout the state. There are no costs or insurance requirements at public clinics. Clinics will begin running again fall 2013.
A school-located flu vaccination program runs each fall throughout Rhode Island for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. There is no out-of-pocket charge for flu vaccination for students. Many clinics are open to the family members of students as well.
The Department of Health and cities and towns throughout the state will be offering vaccinations at no cost at clinics in November and December, 2013. Flu vaccine, Tdap (which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and pneumococcal vaccine (which protects against pneumonia) will be offered. Insurance is not required for vaccinations, but people with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards.
The clinic that had been scheduled for December 7 in North Providence has been canceled.
Vaccinate Before You Graduate is a program that provides vaccinations to all students in grades 9 through 12 in Rhode Island schools. The following vaccines are available to students through Vaccinate Before You Graduate: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), flu, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and varicella.
Children who are uninsured or who do not have regular doctors can be immunized for free through St. Joseph Center for Health and Human Services (21 Peace Street, Providence, Rhode Island; 401-456-4359). Children who have insurance or who have doctors will NOT be vaccinated at St. Joseph.
Walk-in's are welcome on the following dates and at the following times:
Immunizations at other times can be arranged by appointment. Please bring the child's immunization history to his or her visit.
If your regular healthcare provider does not offer routine recommended adult immunizations, you may contact one of the clinics listed below:
When traveling outside of the United States, certain shots may be required or recommended. Because some shots require more than one dose for full protection, start planning for travel immunizations four to six weeks before you are due to leave.