Where to get vaccinated

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.

Where to get vaccinated against the flu

Doctors' offices

Children and adults in Rhode Island can be vaccinated against the flu by their doctors.


Adults can be vaccinated against the flu at pharmacies. Some pharmacies also vaccinate children who are 9 years of age and older. Contact your local pharmacy to find out if your child can be vaccinated there against the flu.

Community vaccination clinics

Many community clinics are open to children and adults. There is no charge for a flu shot at these community clinics. People are not required to have health insurance either. However, people with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards.

School flu vaccination clinics

A school flu vaccination program runs each year throughout Rhode Island for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. All of the school clinics for the 2014-2015 school year have already run. The schedule for next year's clinics will be posted in the summer of 2015.

Vaccination venues for people with egg allergies

People with egg allergies can be vaccinated at Passport Health or by David Katzen, M.D. at Allergy and Asthma Associates, Inc. Dr. Katzen will vaccinate non-patients, however office visit copays and deductibles will apply. Individuals will be required to schedule an office visit, which entails a brief physical and medical history review.

Where to get vaccinated against other vaccine-preventable diseases


Doctors' offices

Rhode Island pediatricians and family physicians provide recommended childhood immunization.

St. Joseph Center for Health & Human Services

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:

  • Monday: 8 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM - 3:30 PM

Immunizations at other times can be arranged by appointment. Please bring the child's immunization history to his or her visit.

High Schools

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, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), meningitis, polio, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), and varicella.


Doctors' offices and pharmacies

Adults can be immunized by against some vaccine-preventable diseases at doctors' offices and pharmacies. Contact your doctor or local pharmacy to learn more.

Adult immunization centers

Women and Infants Hospital

Tdap and pneumococcal vaccine are available free-of-charge in the lobby of Women and Infants Hospital every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 - 8 PM. Tdap protects against pertussis, in addition to tetanus and diphtheria. Pneumococcal vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease.

Clinics for Child Care Providers

Child care providers in Rhode Island are now required to either receive certain vaccinations or show proof that they have been vaccinated. Three of these vaccinations are:

  • Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) - 1 dose
  • MMR (Measles-mumps-rubella) - 2 doses
  • Varicella (chickenpox) - 2 doses

Child care providers can receive these vaccines at the clinics listed below. However, four weeks must pass between the first and second dose of MMR. Four weeks must also pass between the first and second dose of varicella vaccine. This means that someone cannot receive all five required doses at one clinic.

Vaccination fees will be charged by the company that will be administering these vaccinations. The first vaccination costs $25 and each additional vaccination costs $10. Forms will be available at the clinics for child care providers to use to request reimbursement from their insurance companies.

Register for a clinic by calling 401-222-5960. Registration is required.

Date Time Location Address Register by
4/25/15 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Ready to Learn 945 Westminster Street, Providence 4/18/15
5/5/15 5 PM to 7 PM South County Community Action 1935 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown 4/30/15
5/7/15 4 PM to 6 PM East Bay Community Action 6 John Chaffee Blvd., Newport 4/30/15
5/14/15 5 PM to 7 PM South County Community Action 34 Pond Street, Westerly 5/7/15
5/21/15 2 PM to 4 PM Karen Bouchard Children’s Center 204 Warwick Street, Woonsocket 5/14/15
6/10/15 4 PM to 6 PM Child, Inc. 849 Centerville Road, Warwick 6/3/15
6/16/15 5 PM to 7 PM RI Department of Health 3 Capitol Hill (lower level), Providence 6/9/15