This is a reminder to all residents to make sure you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations. You are encouraged to contact your doctor (and your children’s doctors) to make sure all vaccinations are current.
A FREE vaccination clinic will be held on Thursday December 5th, from 5pm to 8pm at the Broad Rock Middle School Gymnasium in Wakefield. Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine will be available for anyone 11 years of age and older and flu vaccine will be available for anyone six months of age and older. This is a chance for you and the members of your family to get these two very important vaccinations for free.
• Flu vaccine will help you avoid the flu this year. Everyone older than six months of age needs a flu shot every year, even healthy people. It is especially important to make sure you are vaccinated now. The flu hits Rhode Island hardest in January and February every year.
• Tdap protects against pertussis. Although there currently is no pertussis outbreak in Rhode Island, pertussis is a contagious disease that can cause illness and rarely death, especially in infants. Anyone who is close contact with an infant should get a Tdap shot if they haven’t been immunized in the past five years. Tdap is required for students before they enter seventh grade. Students who participate in the clinic will meet a vaccination requirement for seventh grade enrollment.
• Pneumococcal protects against pneumonia. This is intended for all adults age 19 and older who smoke or have asthma, and all adults age 65 and older.
Anyone who is insured should bring his or her insurance card. However, health insurance is not a requirement for vaccination. No one will be turned away for a lack of health insurance. Pregnant women must be at least 20 weeks into their pregnancies to receive Tdap vaccine.
This clinic is being run by the Town of South Kingstown in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health.
If you have any questions about Tdap vaccine or flu vaccine, contact the Rhode Island Department of Health at (401) 222-5960 / RI Relay 711.
If you have questions about the clinic, contact South Kingstown Emergency Medical Services at (401) 788-9785, option 5.