Colrain library holding flu clinic Saturday

  • Greenfield Community College nursing student Kimberly Day prepares a flu shot during a clinic at the Deerfield Town Offices. Another flu clinic will be held at Colrain’s Griswold Memorial Library on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Published: 11/22/2019 5:59:40 PM
Modified: 11/22/2019 5:59:28 PM

COLRAIN — The 12th and final flu clinic of the season sponsored by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments will be held Saturday.

The clinic will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Griswold Memorial Library.

“We really want to have a public service that meets the (community’s) needs,” said Lisa White, regional public health nurse for FRCOG’s Cooperative Public Health Service.

“It seemed like a clear win-win,” said Librarian Chelsea Jordan-Makely, about partnering with the Cooperative Public Health Service. “Libraries are all about access, so meeting people where they are, (perhaps) out running errands, they can also get a flu shot.”

Jordan-Makely said Saturday’s flu clinic fits into a larger picture.

“There are bigger trends nationally of libraries providing access to information about health care” as well as health care itself, she said. Another example is when the library provided information about Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) after a handful of human cases this summer.

The flu clinics are a community effort that brings together volunteers, both with and without medical knowledge, as well as local health boards, White said.

Michael Friedlander, who is both on Colrain’s Board of Health and a library trustee, was instrumental in linking both entities, Jordan-Makely and White agreed.

“When (a clinic) comes together, it’s just a great team of people working toward this common goal to deliver the simple public health intervention activity,” White said.

All insurance cards are accepted, White said, adding that those who lack insurance will never be turned away.

For those without insurance, there is a $20 fee for adults and a $10 fee for children.

White said the clinic will use the Massachusetts Immunization Information System, which help doctors update one’s vaccine record.

“I’m just always excited about the opportunity that the event has to bring the community together and to serve families,” White said.

Reach Maureen O’Reilly at moreilly@recorder.com or at 413-772-0261, ext. 280.




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