Pertussis, influenza, pneumonia shots available throughout the state in November, December.
The Rhode Island Department of Health will begin public vaccination clinics for pertussis (whooping cough), seasonal influenza, and pneumonia across the state over the next two months, including one in Woonsocket Dec. 3. “I encourage all Rhode Islanders to see their primary care physician for the vaccinations they need,” said Michael Fine, MD, Director of HEALTH. “But these public clinics are a great opportunity for those who may not have a primary care doctor to catch up on their vaccinations, as well as for our cities and towns to test their ability to run a public vaccination clinic.” Nov. 17 Smithfield - LaPerche Elementary School 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Newport - Thompson Middle School 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 South Kingstown - Matunuck …
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
More than a thousand adults and children were vaccinated for whooping cough (pertussis) in Barrington last week after multiple students were confirmed to have the illness. As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the town had jumped to 21, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH). Meanwhile, in Middletown, at least one student was confirmed with the illness at a local school this week. The vaccination clinic in Barrington was organized by the Department of Health and was apparently the first in the state for whooping cough. It was not mandatory, although the health department did consider putting all of the students at one school on antibiotics after the reported cases. Schools in …