The following was submitted by Sharon Cameron, director of human services for the city of Peabody:
While supplies are available, the Peabody Health Department will be offering free seasonal influenza (flu) vaccinations for residents 18 years of age and older.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. The flu vaccine is now widely available and is your best protection against the flu. The 2012-13 vaccine provides protection against Influenza A/H1N1 as well as Influenza A/H3N2 and Influenza B.
"Although the amount of flu-like illness in Massachusetts is low right now, it's important to remember that in most years, flu season doesn't peak until January or February," said Neia Illingworth, Public Health Nurse for the City of Peabody. "This means that this is an excellent time to get a flu vaccine. We urge everyone to get vaccinated to help stay healthy this season."
Residents can schedule an appointment by calling the Peabody Health Department at 978-538-5926.