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Community Flu and TDAP Clinic
Community Flu and TDAP Clinic
Judith Paolucci
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Smithfield is hosting a community flu and TDAP clinic on Saturday, March 28th, from 10am to 1pm at the Smithfield Senior Center. Those aged 3 and up may receive vaccinations.  No pre-registration required. Participants are asked to bring their insurance card but if no insurance is available to them, the cost will still be FREE.  

The flu is a serious, highly contagious, and sometimes deadly disease.Catching the flu means missing days of work and school, and possibly being hospitalized. Getting a flu shot will help keep people out of the hospital and allow room, if needed, to treat patients sickened by the coronavirus disease 2019 (or COVID-19).  Don’t take the risk – protect yourself and your family by getting the flu shot.

The flu vaccine will not help reduce your risk of COVID-19 infection, but it will reduce your risk of serious complications from the flu. The flu virus is always circulating but flu season typically starts in October and ends in April or May.  It is not too late to get vaccinated.

There are many respiratory illnesses circulating in Rhode Island, such as the flu and the
common cold. Having respiratory symptoms does not mean that you have COVID-19.

People are at higher risk for COVID-19 if they have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath) AND if have had direct, face-to-face contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 AND/OR they have traveled to country with community transmission, such as China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, and Japan.

People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. These people
should not go directly to a healthcare facility without calling a healthcare provider (unless
they are experiencing a medical emergency). 

People with general questions about COVID-19 can visit www.health.ri.gov/covid or call 401-222-8022. This is the COVID-19 Hotline that RIDOH has available to the public.

If you have any questions about the flu clinic, please call the RIDOH information line @ 401-222-5960.