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. Children, however, cannot be vaccinated against the flu at pharmacies.

Community vaccination clinics

Most 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-located flu vaccination clinics

A school-located flu vaccination program runs each year throughout Rhode Island for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. There is no out-of-pocket charge for a flu vaccination.

Clinics that are listed below as "community clinics" are open to students, faculty, and staff, as well as to the families of students, faculty, and staff. People must be six months of age and older to be vaccinated against the flu.

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 shots 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.