The Peabody Health Department is offering free flu vaccinations for residents at least 10 years of age, while limited supplies are available. Anyone interested in the vaccine must make an appointment in advance.
Appointments are available for Monday and the vaccine will be given at the Peabody City Hall health department offices located at 24 Lowell St.
“Vaccination is probably the best defense against the flu so we’re going to offer it until we run out,” said Sharon Cameron, the director of health and human services. “The amount of vaccine purchased is based on projections for demand from prior flu seasons.”
Cameron added that officials are seeing a higher demand of vaccines than anticipated. Traditionally, she said, the flu season peaks in February or March, but health officials have yet to determine whether it’s peaking now, or if the season will have a high volume of cases in general.
“We want people to be calm because there is vaccine out there,” Cameron said. “There are also preventative steps that people can take to protect themselves from the flu.”