Board of Health Public Flu Clinic Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Flu season has begun. The Pittsfield Board of Health announces that it is not too late to receive a seasonal flu shot. According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who remain unvaccinated are at higher risk of hospitalization and death from flu and its complications.

A flu shot is especially important for people with medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes.  In addition, vaccinating pregnant women and health care professionals is vital.

Every year, an estimated 5 percent to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu, leading to 200,000 hospitalizations -- including 20,000 children under the age of 5. From 1976 to 2006, estimates of flu-related annual deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000, according to the CDC.

There will be a public flu clinic at St. Charles Church Parish Center , 89 Briggs Avenue, on Wednesday, December 11, from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Please wear short sleeves if possible and bring a copy of your insurance card. There is no co-pay or deductible required for this immunization.  Uninsured people can receive the flu vaccine free of charge.

For questions or to make an appointment to receive a flu shot at the Board of Health Office, which is located on the second floor of City Hall, please call Pittsfield Public Health Nurse, Mary-Jane Sackett, at 413-499-9469.