NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - If you've driven by a pharmacy, you've probably seen the signs saying that flu shots are available, but there haven't been many free area flu clinics.
Right now, you can get a flu shot at most pharmacies and at your doctor's office, but even if you have insurance you may still have to hand over a co-pay.
For older adults, sometimes it's easier just to go to a free clinic at their local senior center.
22News visited the Northampton Health Department to find out when and where people can go to get vaccinated for free at a clinic.
Merridith O’Leary, the Public Health Director in Northampton, told 22News, “The City of Northampton is having their public flu clinic on Friday, October 4th at the Senior Center on Conz Street from 10:00AM to Noon, and our only criteria is that you are 19 or older.”
Amherst is also holding two free vaccination clinics; the first on October 16th from Noon to 3:00PM and then on October 21st from 9:00AM to Noon at the Bangs Community Center.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should get vaccinated early to allow your immune system enough time to develop a protection against the virus.
The people most at risk include the very old, very young and people with chronic illnesses like asthma.