Where to get vaccinated

Everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu every year. It is also important for people to be immunized against several other vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunization recommendations are based on age infants/children preteens/teens adults.

Where to get vaccinated against the flu

Doctors' offices

Children and adults in Rhode Island can be vaccinated against the flu by their doctors.

Pharmacies

Adults can be vaccinated against the flu at pharmacies. Some pharmacies also vaccinate children who are 9 years of age and older. Contact your local pharmacy to find out if your child can be vaccinated there against the flu.

Community vaccination clinics

Many community clinics are open to children and adults. There is no charge for a flu shot at these community clinics. People are not required to have health insurance either. However, people with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards.

School flu vaccination clinics

A school flu vaccination program runs each year throughout Rhode Island for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. All of the school clinics for the 2014-2015 school year have already run. The schedule for next year's clinics will be posted in the summer of 2015.

Where to get vaccinated against other vaccine-preventable diseases

Children

Doctors' offices

Rhode Island pediatricians and family physicians provide recommended childhood immunization.

St. Joseph Center for Health & Human Services

Children who are uninsured or who do not have regular doctors can be immunized for free through St. Joseph Center for Health and Human Services (21 Peace Street, Providence, Rhode Island; 401-456-4359). Children who have insurance or who have doctors will not be vaccinated at St. Joseph.

Walk-in's are welcome on the following dates and at the following times:

  • Monday: 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 4 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 4 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM - 4 PM

Immunizations at other times can be arranged by appointment. Please bring the child's immunization history to his or her visit.

High Schools

Vaccinate Before You Graduate is a program that provides vaccinations to all students in grades 9 through 12 in Rhode Island schools. The following vaccines are available to students through Vaccinate Before You Graduate: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), flu, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), meningitis, polio, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), and varicella.

Adults

Doctors' offices and pharmacies

Adults can be immunized by against some vaccine-preventable diseases at doctors' offices and pharmacies. Contact your doctor or local pharmacy to learn more.

Adult immunization centers

Women and Infants Hospital

Tdap and pneumococcal vaccine are available free-of-charge in the lobby of Women and Infants Hospital every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 - 8 PM. Tdap protects against pertussis, in addition to tetanus and diphtheria. Pneumococcal vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease.



Vaccination events run by cities and towns

Cities and towns in Rhode Island hold public vaccination events every year. Two vaccines will be available at the events this year - flu vaccine and Tdap. Tdap protects against pertussis, in addition to other diseases.

Everyone who is six months of age and older can get vaccinated against the flu at these clinics. People who are 11 years of age and older can receive Tdap. There is no charge for vaccinations at these events. You do not need health insurance to be vaccinated, but if you have insurance, please bring your insurance card.

These events help officials in cities and towns prepare for the distribution of vaccine or other types of medication in the event of an actual health emergency.

Date Time Location Address City or town
11/15/14 10 AM - 1 PM Dr. Ed. A. Ricci M.S. 51 Intervale Ave. North Providence
11/15/14 10 AM - 1 PM Joseph Jenks Jr. H.S. 350 Division St. Pawtucket
11/15/14 10 AM - 1 PM Smithfield H.S. 90 Pleasant View Ave. Smithfield
11/20/14 5 - 8 PM Lincoln H.S. 135 Old River Rd. Lincoln
12/2/14 5 - 8 PM Woonsocket H.S. 777 Cass Ave. Woonsocket
12/3/14 5 - 8 PM North Smithfield H.S. 412 Greenville Rd. North Smithfield
12/4/14 5 - 8 PM South Kingstown H.S. 215 Columbia St. Wakefield
12/4/14 5 - 8 PM Cumberland H.S. 2600 Mendon Rd. Cumberland
12/9/14 5-8 PM Mt. Hope H.S. 199 Chestnut St. Bristol
12/9/14 5- 8 PM Melrose Ave. School 76 Melrose Ave. Jamestown
12/11/14 5- 8 PM Burrillville H.S. 425 East Ave. Harrisville
12/20/14 10 AM - 1 PM Ashaway E.S. 12A Hillside Ave. Ashaway
1/13/15 5- 8 PM Westerly M.S. 10 Sandy Hill Rd. Westerly