Free flu clinic at Mt. Hope High School next Wednesday


In Response to the widespread flu outbreaks in neighboring states the Rhode Island Department of Health has reached out to local officials to run free flu clinics in the next two weeks.  Bristol’s will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at Mt. Hope High School. 

So far this season, 25 Rhode Islanders have been hospitalized with the flu, nine of those happening since Dec. 16.

In the next 2 weeks, flu activity in the state is expected to rise.

"The wave of influenza is in states all around Rhode Island and it's coming our way next," said Michael Fine, M.D., Director of Health. "This is not a typical year.  This year younger people are more affected than the elderly. But the good news for children and young adults is that the flu vaccine is a very good match for the strain that is circulating. It's not too late to be vaccinated."

If you have any questions, call the Bristol Fire Department, 401-253-6912.


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