2010-09-16 / About Town

Hospital to offer free flu clinic

South County Hospital Healthcare System will begin its annual public flu vaccination clinics on Friday, Oct. 1, at the South Kingstown Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

The clinics are for adults age 19 and older.

According to the CDC, the 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 65 and older; all pregnant women; adults with chronic conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes or anemia; adults with weakened immune systems caused by cancer or cancer treatment; healthcare workers; residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities; and anyone living with or caring for a child six months or younger.

The influenza vaccine is free to R.I. residents 19 and older who carry any type of R.I. health insurance coverage.

Clinic users must bring proof of health insurance coverage to receive the vaccine for free. For all others, cost is $30. Checks or cash will be accepted as payment. Visit www.schospital.com or call the Flu Clinic Hotline at 788-1641 for more information.

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