Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Adds Additional Flu Clinics To November Schedule

(Providence, RI, 11.4.2010)

Flu Shots Available for Uninsured and Under-Insured Rhode Islanders

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) has added five free flu clinics to its schedule for November. To curb a flu outbreak this season, the state's largest health insurer is underwriting the cost to provide influenza vaccinations to Rhode Islanders who lack health insurance or whose insurance doesn't include flu shots. BCBSRI works with community service providers to manage the clinics.

The new sites are located in Providence, Woonsocket and Pawtucket.

"BCBSRI continues to add influenza vaccination clinics because we want to help prevent a flu outbreak this year," said James E. Purcell, president and chief executive officer at BCBSRI. "The entire state of Rhode Island would be exposed to a greater risk of widespread influenza and to greater healthcare costs if vaccinations are not made available to all."

For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending that everyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu shot. The shot is not recommended for people who are severely allergic to chicken eggs or who have experienced a severe reaction to a past influenza vaccination in the past. Last year, BCBSRI administered nearly 700 doses through this annual program. This year, the seasonal flu shots will include the vaccination for the H1N1 virus.

11/6 Oasis International, 600 Broad St., Providence; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

11/7 Tabernacle Baptist Church West, 134 Bridgeham St., Providence; 12 – 2 p.m.

11/8 Central Falls Affordable Housing Auth., 30 Washington St.; 10 a.m. - noon

11/8 Connecting for Children and Families, 46 Hope Street, Providence; 3-6 p.m.

11/9 Camp Street Ministries, 190 Camp St., Providence; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

11/9 Urban League of RI, 246 Prairie Ave., Providence; 3-7 p.m.

11/10 Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket; 72 Kendrick Ave., Woonsocket 4-6 p.m.

11/13 Mt. Hope Community Baptist Church, 734 Hope St., Providence; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

11/13 YMCA of Pawtucket, 20 Summer St., Pawtucket; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

11/14 Salvation Army, 382 Broad St., Providence; 3-6 p.m.

11/15 Channel One, 361 Cowden St., Central Falls; 10 a.m.-noon

11/17 Amos House, 413 Friendship St., Providence; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

11/17 Women's Center of Rhode Island, Providence; 10:30-12:30 p.m.

11/17 Youth Pride Inc., 171 Chestnut St., Providence; 2-5 p.m.

11/17 Taming Asthma, 557 Broad St., Providence; 5-7 p.m.

11/17 Salvation Army, 102 High St., Pawtucket; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

11/22 Jonnycake Center Inc., 1231 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

11/30 Crossroads Rhode Island, 160 Broad St., Providence; 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Flu vaccinations also are free for all BCBSRI members. There is no copay or coinsurance for members simply getting an immunization.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state's leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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