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Free flu vaccinations in Peabody on Election Day

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 2, 2012 12:42 PM

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The Peabody Health Department, in collaboration with the Board of Registrars, city clerk, and the Peabody Public Schools, will be offering free flu vaccinations for individuals 18 years of age and older on Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Welch Elementary School.

The free clinic is being piloted as a "Vote and Vax" site in Peabody. The project, which was launched in 1996, is a non-partisan, non-political national public health strategy, aimed at increasing the number of Americans who receive a vaccination against the flu virus by putting convenient clinics at or near polling centers on Election Day.

The Welch School is the polling location for voters in Ward 2, Precincts 1 and 2, and is located at 50 Swampscott Avenue.

According to a statement from the Peabody Health Department, there were over 20,000 flu vaccinations administered at 331 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia on Election Day in 2008.

"Flu season can last from October until May, so now is a great time to get the flu shot to protect you and your loved ones this season," Sharon Cameron, director of the Peabody Health Department, said in a statement. "We hope that this 'Vote and Vax' clinic makes it easy and convenient for voters to get vaccinated."

Vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not subject to any residency restrictions.

For additional information about flu vaccinations and the "Vote & Vax" project, contact the Peabody Health Department at 978-538-5926.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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