Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Offers Free Flu Shots To Un- and Under-Insured Rhode Islanders

(10.1.2012)
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (Blue Cross) is taking steps to improve the health of Rhode Islanders by sponsoring free flu clinics for individuals who do not have health insurance.  Over the next three months, Blue Cross will work with local community service providers to sponsor clinics across the state.  Last year, Blue Cross administered vaccines at 42 sites to 828 uninsured individuals.  This year’s goal is to vaccinate 1,000 Rhode Islanders.

“While it may seem early in the season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals receive the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available, which will provide immunity that lasts through the flu season,” said Dr. Gus Manocchia, chief medical officer for Blue Cross.  “Getting vaccinated against the flu is a critical first step in preventative care, which is essential to maintaining good health.  We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with many community organizations to make the flu vaccine more readily available for Rhode Islanders who may not have access to the shot.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu shot.  Vaccination of high-risk persons—including young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease—is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.  The shot is not recommended for people who are allergic to chicken eggs or who have experienced a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.

The schedule of flu clinics as of October 1, 2012 is as follows:

10/3
Taming Asthma, 557 Broad Street, Providence, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

10/5
Providence Housing Authority, 285 Chad Brown Street, Providence, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

10/5
Big Sisters of Rhode Island, 1540 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

10/6
Lighthouse Community Development Corporation, 11 Hawthorne Street, Providence, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

10/6
Oasis International, 600 Broad Street, Providence, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

10/8
Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

10/9
Crossroads Rhode Island, 160 Broad Street, Providence, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

10/9
Westerly Jonnycake Center, 23 Industrial Drive, Westerly, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

10/9
Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

10/10
YWCA Northern Rhode Island, 514 Blackstone Street, Woonsocket, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

10/10
McAuley House, 622 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

10/10
Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

10/11
Senior Helpers, 60 Quaker Lane, Suite 63, Warwick, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

10/12
Lucy's Hearth, 913 West Main Road, Middletown, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

10/12
Socio Economic Development Corporation for Southeast Asians, 270 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

10/12
YMCA of Pawtucket, 20 Summer Street, Pawtucket, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

10/13
Lighthouse Community Development Center, 11 Hawthorne Street, Providence, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

10/15
Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

10/15
Connecting for Children and Families, 46 Hope Street, Woonsocket, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

10/15
Mary House, 244 Smith Street, Providence, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

10/16
Blackstone Valley Community Action Program (BVCAP), 32 Goff Avenue, Pawtucket, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

10/16
Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

10/16
Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket, 72 Kendrick Avenue, Woonsocket, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

10/16
WARM Shelter, 56 Spruce Street, Westerly, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

10/17
Rhode Island Family Shelter, 165 Beach Avenue, Warwick, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

10/18
St. Martin De Porres Senior Center, 160 Cranston Street, Providence, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

10/19
Nickerson House Community Center, 133 Delaine Street, Providence, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

10/19
Progreso Latino, 626 Broad Street, Central Falls, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

10/23
Central Falls Affordable Housing Authority (Forand Manor), 30 Washington Street, Central Falls, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

10/24
Central Falls Affordable Housing Authority (Wilfrid Manor), 466 Hunt Street, Central Falls, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

10/26
Providence In-Town Churches Association (PICA), 250 Washington Street, Providence, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

10/26
Amos House, 413 Friendship Street, Providence, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

10/29
Socio Economic Development Corporation for Southeast Asians, 727 Front Street, Suite 110, Woonsocket, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

10/30
Camp Street Ministries, 194 Camp Street, Providence, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

11/3
Mount Hope Community Baptist Church, 734 Hope Street, Providence, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

11/15
Nickerson House Community Center, 133 Delaine Street, Providence, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

11/19
Jonnycake Center Inc., 1231 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Additional clinics will be added in October, November and December, and schedules are subject to change. 

Blue Cross members can get their flu vaccination with no out-of-pocket cost by visiting their primary care provider, a local pharmacy participating in our flu vaccine program or a flu clinic.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members.  The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  For more information, visit BCBSRI.com and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.

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