Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Every pharmacy is reporting that the vaccine is in short supply right now as the flu season winds down; call before you stop by anywhere for a flu shot.
Thinking about getting a flu shot even as the season winds down? Forget about it at least for a few days – especially if you are under age 65. Pharmacies in Barrington are hard-pressed to put their hands on the vaccine right now. A recent glut of people responding to appeals to get the shot even as the flu season winds down is the reason. “We got increased demand that we did not anticipate,” said a CVS pharmacy manager in Barrington. “Normally, people get their shots early in the flu season.” Michael DeAngelis, a spokesman in corporate communications at the CVS headquarters in Woonsocket, said in an email: "Due to high demand caused by the outbreaks of influenza across the country, some of our locations are experiencing sporadic …
Friday, January 11, 2013
With flu rates higher than normal, RI Health Department Director Michael Fine is urging everyone to get vaccinated to protect yourself and others.
Friday, January 11
From the office of Michael Fine, M.D., director of the Rhode Island Department of Health: As the flu remains widespread in Rhode Island and continues to send people to doctors’ offices and hospitals throughout the state, unvaccinated Rhode Islanders are urged to get flu shots to protect not only themselves, but also those around them — particularly elderly people and babies under the age of six months. “Flu vaccine helps you and the people in your life stay healthy,” said Fine. “Roughly 40 percent of the state has been vaccinated so far this flu season. For the hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders who still haven’t gotten flu shots, it’s not too late to protect yourself, your family members, neighbors, co-workers, and friends.” This…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Here's where to get a flu shot in Barrington, how to recognize symptoms, and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were much lower in Rhode Island than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. Overall in the state, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Barrington that offer the vaccine every day: Check here for more locations in the surrounding area. According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states — Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee — are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease …
Monday, November 7, 2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health is urging residents to get vaccinated against influenza.
The longer days and cooler temperatures mean winter is approaching. But that's not the only season on the way. In an attempt to keep hospital ERs from filling up with influenza-stricken patients, the Rhode Island Department of Health is urging residents to get their flu shots before the peak of the season begins this winter. “Anyone can get the flu, and the flu will keep you home from work or school for at least a week,” Director of Health Dr. Michael Fine said in a release. “The flu is a serious illness and can be even more serious for the elderly, the very young, and anyone who has a chronic illness. The lack of health insurance or a fee for vaccine administration should not prevent Rhode Islanders from taking this essential step to …