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).
Children can be vaccinated at their doctors' offices, at schools, or at community clinics. Depending on the vaccines needed, adults can be vaccinated at their doctors' offices, at community clinics, at pharmacies, or at some school-located clinics.
The Rhode Island Department of Health partners with the Ocean State Adult Immunization Coalition to run flu vaccination clinics every year.
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 flu vaccination for students. Many clinics are open to the family members of students as well. Clinics will begin running again in the fall.
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, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and varicella.
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:
Immunizations at other times can be arranged by appointment. Please bring the child's immunization history to his or her visit.
Visit your regular healthcare provider for routine recommended adult immunizations. Many pharmacies in Rhode Island also offer these immunizations. Additionally, they are available at the clinics listed below:
When traveling outside of the United States, certain shots may be required or recommended. Because some shots require more than one dose for full protection, start planning for travel immunizations four to six weeks before you are due to leave.