EAST PROVIDENCE — In an effort to stem the spread of flu in Rhode Island, East Providence Emergency Management in collaboration with the R.I. Department of Health will host a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the East Providence Senior Center, 610 Waterman Ave. Everyone aged six months and older can receive a flu shot at this event.
The strain of flu that is most prominent this year is H1N1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have observed that this strain is disproportionately impacting children, young adults, and middle-aged adults this year.
In addition to influenza vaccination, the clinic will offer vaccinations against pertussis (whooping cough), and pneumonia (see below). There is no cost for the vaccinations and health insurance is not a requirement. Anyone who is insured should bring his or her insurance card.
Tdap and Pneumococcal Vaccine
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine prevents pertussis, a contagious disease that can cause illness and sometimes death, especially in infants. Everyone over the age of 11 should receive this vaccine at least once in their lifetime. Anyone who is in close contact with an infant should get a Tdap shot. Additionally, a booster dose of 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. Pregnant women must be at least 20 weeks into their pregnancy to receive Tdap vaccine.
Pneumococcal vaccine prevents pneumonia. The vaccine is recommended for adults aged 19 and older who smoke and those with asthma, and for all people ages 65 and older.
For a full list of vaccination clinics near you, visit www.health.ri.gov or call the HEALTH Information Line at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711. In addition to being vaccinated at community clinics, children can be vaccinated at doctors’ offices. Adults can be vaccinated at community clinics, doctors’ offices, and pharmacies.
The East Providence Emergency Management Agency (EMA), housed within the City’s Planning Department, plans and prepares for natural and manmade disasters. The agency educates the public, coordinates evacuations and the opening of shelters, and provides meteorological support for the City. City EMA works closely with other local, state and federal agencies including the RI Department of Health, RI Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA on actual emergencies and preparedness.
The East Providence Emergency Management webpage can be found on the City’s website, eastprovidence.com, under “City Departments Online.” Facebook users can find updates on the “EastProvEMA” page.