The flu season is beginning! Everyone six months of age or older needs a flu vaccine. When most of us are vaccinated, we build community immunity that protects the elderly, children, and those with compromised immune systems from the terrible effects of influenza. During the current coronavirus pandemic, flu vaccination is all the more important for staying healthy and conserving needed health care services. For information on prevention, symptoms, and treatment of influenza, visit www.flu.gov
The Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) is offering influenza vaccines (with no insurance co-pay) to area residents at regularly scheduled wellness clinics throughout the region. For a schedule of all 2020 CPHS Flu Clinics, click here.
To offer to volunteer at a flu clinic, click here.
- September 26 – Hawlemont EDS Drive-Through Flu Clinic at Charlemont Fairgrounds
- September 30 – South County Senior Center Drive-Through Clinic
- October 3 – Hawlemont EDS at Heath School Building Flu Clinic
- October 4 – Deerfield Highway Garage Drive-Through Flu Clinic
- October 8 (rain date 10/9) – Erving Senior Center Flu Clinic
- October 14 – Bernardston Drive-Through Flu Clinic
- October 17 (rain date 10/18) – Mohawk Drive Through Flu Clinic
- October 23 – Northfield Senior Drive-Through Flu Clinic.
- October 24 – Gill Flu Clinic
- October 25 – Colrain Drive-Through Flu Clinic
- November 6 – Conway Flu Clinic
- November 8 – Leyden Flu Clinic
What to expect:
A COVID Self-Screen is required of everyone attending. Face masks and physical distancing as possible are required. Local public health, public safety, fire and EMS, along with other community leaders and volunteers including members of the Franklin County/Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps are staffing these clinics to provide annual flu vaccine and practice Emergency Dispensing Site protocols in anticipation of COVID vaccine.
What kind of vaccine is available?
Both injectable and flu mist formulas for kids will be available this year. Senior High-Dose formulas will be available at most clinics for those over age 65 — please check the calendar links above for the specific clinic to check. Visit this page regularly for updates and any changes and contact Lisa White, RN, Regional Public Health Nurse of FRCOG, at 413-774-3167 x 156 for any special needs.
What you should bring or prepare:
- Bring your insurance cards or a good paper copy of them – most forms of insurance are accepted – or, if you do not have a billable insurance,bring $20 for the fee for adults and $10 for kids
- Prepare forms and review information sheets ahead of time. Print the forms below, or contact the Board of Health in your participating town for a paper copy.
- ALL Flu Vaccine Recipients (of standard, high-dose, and mist vaccines — all ages):
- Mist Recipients (Children 2 – 18 only)/Caregivers:
- Bring a pen and something to write on. We’ll have some on hand, too.
Contact Lisa White, RN, Regional Public Health Nurse of FRCOG, at 413-774-3167 x 156 for updated schedule and more information or visit this page regularly.
Other Town Clinics will be posted here as we get information on them.