Officials Direct Haverhill Residents to Pharmacies for Flu Shots

While some area health departments have scheduled upcoming flu vaccine clinics, Haverhill residents still seeking a flu shot are being directed to local pharmacies.

City Health Department Nurse Mary Connolly told WHAV since there were earlier clinics at Haverhill Citizens Center Oct. 11 and Oct. 13, held with a local pharmacy, no other city-held clinics are scheduled.

“Any resident can get their flu vaccine at any of the pharmacies on a walk-in basis. And it is covered by Medicare, as well as a pneumonia shot – also covered by Medicare,” Connolly said.

According to Human Services Director Vincent Ouellette, vaccine supplies are more readily available at pharmacies and a supply to the city from the state is limited.

Meanwhile, as other communities remind seniors and others at higher risk of getting the illness to get a flu shot, a “family” flu clinic in North Andover is being held today, from 5-7 p.m. at North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St. The clinic is for residents in Kindergarten and older, according to a statement. Meanwhile the town of Andover holds a community flu clinic Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Senior Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover. The clinic is for residents age three and older. Nasal mist vaccine will not be available at either clinic. No appointment is necessary. Attendees are asked to bring their insurance cards for billing purposes.

“It is vital that all residents, especially those who are high risk, get their flu shots every year to protect themselves against the flu virus,” said Andover Director of Public Health Thomas Carbone. “If you do have flu-like symptoms, stay home and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Contact your physician if your symptoms are severe or prolonged.”

The vaccine is updated each year based on which influenza viruses scientists believe will be most prevalent. The Centers of Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.