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RI health dept. to hold free vaccination clinics

Associated Press Published: November 9, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Health officials in Rhode Island health officials are holding free vaccination clinics across the state for influenza, pneumonia and other diseases.

The first is scheduled for Saturday in Hopkinton. Clinics will be held Nov. 17 in Newport and Smithfield and at various times in December in other municipalities.

There is no cost for the vaccinations. Health insurance is not required, but those who are covered should bring their insurance card.

The flu is most dangerous to the very young and the elderly. Anyone six months or older can get a shot. It is normally the worst in January and February.

The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for anyone 65 and older and those 19 and older with chronic health conditions as well as those who smoke or have asthma.