The Springfield Rescue Mission held a flu shot clinic for the homeless on Friday.
Friday marks the official start to the 2018, 2019 flu season in Massachusetts. Eighty thousand people died from the flu last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors say getting a flu shot can both help keep you from getting sick, and stop the disease from spreading.
“It’s good to do, I never did it before,” said John Rogers, who utilizes the Rescue Mission.
Organizers of the clinic told 22News that getting the flu could be deadly for homeless people.
“If they were to get the flu and have any other things in their life that makes their immune system go down, it could affect them because of the elements they live in and the means of getting medical that they need,” said Robin Gobeille, the development manager at Springfield Rescue Mission.
The CDC reports that people start getting the flu in October, so it’s best to get a flu shot by the end of the month.
The Springfield Rescue Mission told 22News that they are planning to have another free flu shot clinic by November.