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Free flu clinic at Hawlemont on Saturday

CHARLEMONT — The Towns of Hawley, Rowe, Monroe, Heath and Charlemont, acting as the Hawlemont EDS, are sponsoring a community flu clinic for anyone 6 months or older on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hawlemont Regional School on Main Street.

Influenza, caused by an infectious virus, makes millions of people sick every year in the United States. Young children, people age 65 and older, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of major illness from flu. Each year, thousands of people die from flu and even more require hospitalization.

Flu vaccination is the easiest way to protect most people from flu’s ravages.

At the Saturday’s clinic, both nasal mist flu vaccines and injectable flu vaccines will be available. Any individuals seeking vaccination will be treated, but those with insurance are asked to bring their health insurance cards to help defray the cost.

Residents who cannot go to the clinic on this date can make arrangements with Lisa White, town nurse, to get immunized in their homes.

Coffee and refreshments will be available at the clinic.

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