Friday, December 8, 2006
In a major push to nip the flu in the bud this season, five local health departments are working together to hold a regional flu clinic tomorrow to provide vaccination shotsand exercise emergency plans.
The Arlington, Belmont, Brookline, Newton and Watertown health departments will converge in Newton for the clinic at Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton at 573 Washington St. from 10 a.m. to noon. The clinic is open to the public, free of charge and no appointments are necessary.
For the needle-phobic, the five health departments have partnered with MedImmune Vaccines, Inc. to provide FluMist, a nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine. Healthy persons between the ages of 5 and 49 who are school personnel, school children, or healthcare workers may be eligible to receive FluMist at the clinic based on several criteria.
Pneumonia vaccine will also be available for people 65 years and older. Call 617-796-1426 for more information.
-- Ralph Ranalli