GET YOUR FLU SHOT! Clinic for Residents October 27

Get yourself and your family vaccinated

Get Your Free Flu Shot!

For more information, contact David Neylon, Public Health Nurse by phone at 781-698-4509 or by email at dneylon@lexingtonma.gov. For more information on the Flu and Flu Vaccine, please visit Mass.gov/flu and flu.gov

Saturday, October 27, 10 AM - 2:30 PM
All residents age 5 and older (children under 5 should see their doctor for a flu vaccination)

Central Office Building/Old Harrington School Gym
Enter at 328 Lowell Street and follow the signs (see additional directions)

NOTES:

The shot is free, but please bring your health insurance card or Medicare Part B card, so that the Town can be reimbursed. You can still be vaccinated if you do not have a health insurance card.

There is no copay or fee collected by Medicare or your insurance company — it's cheaper for them to pay for your vaccination than a possible case of flu.

Vaccines available:

FLUAD

  • Only for those 65 years and older
  • Offers protection against 3 flu strains
  • Injection (shot)
  • Also contains an immune-system booster
  • In limited supply

Flumist

  • Only for those age 5 - 18
  • Quadrivalent: offers protection from 4 flu strains
  • Internasal vaccine - squirted up your nose
  • Supply may be limited

Flucelvax

  • For all ages
  • Quadrivalent: offers protection from 4 flu strains
  • Injection (shot)

People age 65 and above can choose which vaccine to have, although the supply of FLUAD may be limited. If the Clinic runs out, you can also be vaccinated with FLUAD at your doctor's office, local pharmacies, or walk-in clinics such as Carewell Urgent Care at 58 Bedford St.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens at the Flu Clinic?
Upon arrival, you will be greeted and given a “deli” style ticket which indicates that a vaccine dose is available for you as long as you are medically eligible to receive the dose.  You will also be asked to complete a Vaccine Administration Record (VAR) and it will ask you for your health insurance information. 

At the all-ages clinics, there will be separate lines for adults with children, and for adults only. Please use the appropirate lines.

What flu strains are covered by this year's vaccine?

  • A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09–like virus
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008–like virus (Victoria lineage)
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus (Yamagata lineage) Available in Quadrivalent Vaccine only

What is “FLUAD” flu vaccine?
FLUAD is a flu shot designed for adults 65 and older and is the first FDA-approved seasonal flu shot that contains an immune-enhancing ingredient, or “adjuvant”.

FLUAD is a trivalent flu vaccine — meaning that offers protection against 3 strains of flu — but it has something else: an immune-enhancing ingredient that can help provide a strong immune response to the flu in adults 65 and older.

The immune-enhancing ingredient in FLUAD is an oil derived from squalene. Squalene is a naturally occurring substance found in humans, animals, and plants. Squalene is made by the liver and normally circulates in the human body.

Is there a Preferred Type of Flu Vaccine to Receive this Year?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated no preference for which vaccine you should get. If you aren't sure, speak to your doctor, PA or nurse at your doctor's office. But the most important thing is to get a flu shot!

When Should I Get the Flu Vaccine?
You should be vaccinated as soon as vaccine is available. Flu season in Massachusetts typically begins in September/October and goes through April/May.

How is the Flu Vaccine Developed?
CDC Yearly Lab Work on Flu Viruses
1,000,000: More than 1 million patient specimens are testing in clinical labs participating in CDC domestic disease surveillance.
     90,000: About 90,000 specimens are tested in 93 state/local public health labs.
          6,000: CDC conducts flu genetic sequencing on about 6,000 flu viruses each year.
               2,000: CDC test about 2,000 flu viruses to determine their immune properties.
                    50: CDC prepares as many as 50 viruses for possible use in vaccine production.

Additional Directions  to Lexington Public School Administrative Office Building Gym

Although the street address for Lexington Public Schools Administrative Offices Building is 146 Maple St. in Lexington, residents traveling by car can best access the flu clinic by:

  1. turning into 328 Lowell St
  2. staying to the left once you have entered the school campus 
  3. The School Offices building is the 2nd building
  4. Signs will direct you to the clinic entrance
  5. Parking is available in the rear of the building or in any lot on site.  Residents can park at either parking lot on their right.

Those residents using their car’s GPS system may have difficulty accessing the clinic if they list “146 Maple St.” as their destination address. It is recommended to look at a map in advance