Time to protect yourself from the flu

Vaccination clinics being held around Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Ebola concerns have actually been having a positive effect on many health-conscious individuals here in western Massachusetts. The worry over the rare virus has people taking precautions against a much more common one: the flu.

At Springfield’s Hungry Hill Senior Center Friday, health department nurses were conducting a free flu shot clinic. Dorothy Guilmain of Westfield never misses the opportunity to receive her flu shot, which she says has done her a world of good.

“I get my flu shot to prevent myself from getting very ill with the flu. I’ve been getting it all my life, because I’ve never had a problem with it,” Guilmain said.

There has been a lot of emphasis on Ebola fears across the globe, and right here in the United States. Deputy Springfield Public Health Commissioner Bettye Frederic told 22News, that concern can be a very good thing to help protect ourselves against the flu.

“I’m appreciative of their efforts on health and wellness and as prevention, That’s what we’re talking about. We’re talking about prevention,” Frederic said.

The nurses had inadvertently prepared one syringe too many for senior center members.

Rather than allow the vaccine to go to waste, Bettye Frederic got her flu shot. She urged everyone to protect themselves before the coming flu season.

If you missed Friday’s flu clinic, here is a listing of upcoming clinics in the city of Springfield:

  • Wednesday, October 15, 3:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. – St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker Street
  • Thursday, October 16, 10:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M. – Mason Square Senior Center, Emerson Hall, 439 Union Street
  • Thursday, November 6, 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. – Evangelical Covenant Church, 915 Plumtree Road

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