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First Lady, Director of Health to Hold Flu Vaccination Clinics at Crossroads Rhode Island and Church in Providence

First Lady Stephanie D. Chafee and Director of Health Michael Fine, MD will be vaccinating Rhode Islanders at two no-cost flu vaccination clinics on Saturday, November 23rd and Monday, November 25th.

November 23rd: King's Cathedral 1860 Westminster Street, Providence 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

November 25th: Crossroads Rhode Island 160 Broad Street, Providence 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Health insurance is not needed to be vaccinated at either clinic.

"The flu is a serious illness that can keep you out of school or work for at least a week, and it spreads very easily," Dr. Fine said. "By being vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and the people you love by making sure that you won't pass the flu to them."

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone older than six months of age.

"The lack of health insurance or a fee for vaccination should not prevent anyone from protecting themselves and their family members," said Rhode Island's First Lady, who is a registered nurse. "Everyone should be vaccinated against the flu every year, but vaccination is particularly important for pregnant women, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes."

People who attend the clinic at King's Cathedral are asked to use the church's Troy Street entrance. The clinic at King's Cathedral is open to the public. The clinic will be held on the first level of the church (the facilities are wheelchair accessible).

For information about the flu and flu vaccine, contact the Rhode Island Department of Health at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711.

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 11-22-2013

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