Letter: Vaccination clinics open as flu season nears

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The Berkshire Public Health Alliance Public Health Nursing Program, in partnership with Berkshire County Boards of Health Association, Fairview Hospital, and the Berkshire Medical Reserve Corps, is now offering nearly 20 flu vaccination clinics in Berkshire County,

According to the CDC, flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community.

Each year Alliance staff, public health nurses, and partners work towards a goal of vaccinating over 1,000 people against influenza. The success of these clinics emphasizes what can be achieved when we work together to ensure public health and wellness in our Berkshire cities and towns.

Clinics are free and will be held in each of the following Alliance towns and municipalities: Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton Egremont, Great Barrington, Housatonic, North Adams, Peru, Washington and Windsor. Contact the Alliance at (413)442-1541, or email us at Alliancenurse@berkshireplanning.org.

For more flu facts, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.

Elizabeth Maschmeyer,

Pittsfield

The writer is public health nurse, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Public Health Alliance.




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