The CDC reports an elevated number of flu cases in the US, with the RI Department of Health reporting widespread flu, but Little Compton and other nearby communities have vaccination clinics to keep you healthy.
Little Compton is offering a flu clinic next Friday, Jan. 25 at Wilbur & McMahon Schools, 28 Commons, from 4 to 7 p.m., for people six months and older.
If you can't wait that long, Portsmouth, Newport, and Barrington will all host clinics within the next week.
Portsmouth is offering a flu clinic today at Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane, from 4 to 7 p.m., for people six months and older.
Newport is offering a flu clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Road, from 4 to 7 p.m., for people six months and older.
Barrington is offering a flu clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Barrington High School, 220 Lincoln Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m., for people six months and older.
There is no cost for any vaccination and health insurance is not a requirement at public clinics. Anyone who is insured should bring his or her insurance card. In addition to flu vaccine, pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumonia vaccine will be available at some clinics. The RI Department of Health has listed a number of other public health clinics throughout the state.
Outside of government clinics, demand for vaccinations is creating sporadic shortages. "Due to high demand caused by the outbreaks of influenza across the country, some of our locations are experiencing sporadic shortages of flu vaccine," said Mike DeAngelis, director of Public Relations for CVS.
"CVS/pharmacy has been providing flu shots since early fall and the current high demand is unprecedented for this time of year. We are making every effort to resupply our pharmacies and clinics with vaccine as needed,' DeAngelis said.