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“Vaccines are one of the greatest success stories in public health. Through use of vaccines, we have eradicated smallpox and nearly eliminated wild polio virus. The number of people who experience the devastating effects of preventable infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and whooping cough is at an all-time low.”

– U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Read About Vaccine History and Safety
Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (flu) is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help reduce the risk of getting flu and any of its potentially serious complications. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death. While some people who get a flu vaccine may still get sick with influenza, flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness.

Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
  • Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions.
  • It is especially important that people with certain health conditions (click https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/index.htm for list of health conditions) get a flu shot every year as they are more likely to get severely ill with flu.
  • People 65 years of age or older are recommended to receive the following three preferential flu vaccines: Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent vaccine, Flublok Quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine and Fluad Quadrivalent adjuvanted flu vaccine. If none of these three preferred vaccines are available, any age-appropriate flu vaccine may be used.

Everyday Flu Prevention

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.
  • For flu, CDC recommends that people stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine. Note that the stay-at-home guidance for COVID-19 may be different. Learn about some of the similarities and differences between flu and COVID-19.
COVID-19
Who Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older in the United States for the prevention of COVID-19. There is currently no FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than age 6 months. CDC recommends that people stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination.

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Vaccine Safety

Vaccines are safe and are one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick from COVID-19. The vaccine doesn’t contain the virus that causes COVID-19, so it can’t make you sick. You may experience mild side effects after getting the vaccine, but this is a sign that your body is learning how to protect you.

The COVID-19 vaccine was developed quickly but all of the same safety steps were followed for this vaccine that are used for all vaccines. Across all age groups, vaccines have been rigorously tested, and have shown to be safe, effective and protective against serious illness and death.

Find a Flu and/or COVID-19 Vaccine in Franklin County

Town-sponsored clinics and local retailers will offer both annual flu and 2023-24 Covid-19 vaccine.  It is possible to receive both vaccinations at the same appointment.

Upcoming Public Clinics

Printable Flyers for town-sponsored clinics will be posted below as available.

Local Retailers

  • Big Y: (Address: 237 Mohawk Trail/Route 2, Greenfield)
    Walk-in or online booking. Note: the link only works with the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge.
    Book vaccine appointment online
  • Rite Aid: (Address: 107 Main Street, Greenfield)
    Note: scheduling website available in both English and Spanish.
    Book vaccine appointment online  or call (413) 774-2201.
  • Walgreens (Address: 5 Pierce Street, Greenfield and 240 Avenue A, Turners Falls)
    Note: online scheduling requires signing in to Walgreens online pharmacy account.
    Book vaccine appointment online or call (800) 925-4733.
  • Baker Pharmacy (Address: 52 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls)
    Call 413-625-6324 to schedule.
  • Walmart: (Address: 555 East Main Street, Orange)
    Click here to book appointment online
  • Other Options: Visit the Vaccines.gov to search by zip code, vaccine type, or age grouping.

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