As cold and flu season starts to settle in, the city will be offering a number of opportunities for residents of all ages to receive a flu vaccine.
School-based and community flu clinics will be offered during the months of October and November, according to the city's website. Both injectable vaccines and the nasal spray vaccine will be available to Newton residents at no cost, but insurance information will be requested at the clinics for reimbursement.
If a resident does not have health insurance, he/she can still receive a flu vaccine from the city free of charge.
Information on the injectable and nasal spray vaccines is included in the .pdf section to the right.
The school-based clinics started yesterday, Oct. 2, and are open to students grades K-12. These clinics will continue periodically until Nov. 9. A calendar of the school-based clinics is included in the .pdf section above.
Students who wish to receive a vaccine must turn in a vaccine consent form to the school nurse two days prior to the clinic, according to the city's website. The forms are available online and in the .pdf section above.
If a Newton resident of school age does not attend public school, he/she can still receive a vaccine at his/her neighborhood school. The same vaccine consent form must be filled out and turned in at the clinic.
Community Flu Clinics
In addition to the school-based clinics, the city is offering two community flu clinics.
The first clinic will be for adult Newton residents and will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center.
A family flu clinic for all Newton residents 6 months and older will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 440.
Residents should download the community flu clinic form, print it, fill it out and bring it to the clinic along with any health insurance and Medicare cards.
The city's Health and Human Services Department also offers a number of health tips and other flu resources on its website.