SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Flu season is just getting underway, which means it's time for you to get your flu shot.
The Springfield Department of Health and Human Services has been offering free flu and pneumonia shot clinics throughout October.
Residents have two more chances to take advantage of one:
There will be one held on Thursday, October 18th from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m at the Mason Square Senior Center - Emerson Hall; located at 439 Union St.
The last one this month will be held on Monday, October 22nd, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Hungry Hill Senior Center; located at 1212 Carew St.
- You must be a resident of Springfield.
- You must be at least 4 years-old.
- You must wear a short-sleeve shirt.
- You must bring your HMO, GIC, or Medicare card with you.
The flu, also known as "influenza", is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory system. Symptoms can occur within 24 hours after infection. They can range from mild to severe including: a sore throat, runny nose, high fever, body aches, and in some extreme cases...potential death.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that all residents get the seasonal flu vaccine--except infants 6 months and younger.
The flu virus changes every season, so last year's vaccine will not necessarily be effective against this year's flu virus.