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2013-2014 Flu Clinic Information
Flu vaccine will be offered during the nurses daily clinic hours from 8:30 am - 9:30 am and from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday while supply lasts. Both flu shots and flu mist are available. There is NO CHARGE for this vaccine. If you have a health insurance plan(s) please bring your health insurance card(s) with you. For ALL AGES 6 months and up

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Thimerosal and Influenza
Board of Health

150 Concord St.
Room 221
Framingham, MA  01702

Ph: (508) 532-5470
TTY (508) 532-5479
Fx: (508) 620-4833

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Monday - Friday
8:30 am – 9:30 am
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm


  • See for information about thimerosal and vaccine safety 
  • There is no convincing scientific evidence of harm caused by the minute doses of thimerosal in vaccines except for minor effects like swelling and redness at the injection site due to sensitivity to thimerosal. 
  • Most importantly, since 1999, newly formulated thimerosal-free vaccines have been licensed. With the newly formulated vaccines, the maximum cumulative exposure during the first six months of life will now be less than three micrograms of mercury. No children are receiving toxic levels of mercury from vaccines. 
  • Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative that has been used for decades in the United States in multi-dose vials (vials containing more than one dose) of some vaccines to prevent the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, which may contaminate them. 
  • In vaccines, preservatives are used to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi in the event that they get into the vaccine. This may occur when a syringe needle enters a vial as a vaccine is being prepared for administration. Contamination by germs in a vaccine could cause serious illness or death. In some vaccines, preservatives are added during the manufacturing process to prevent microbial growth. 
  • Influenza vaccine is manufactured in both multi-dose vials and in single dose units. Multi-dose vials contain thimerosal as a preservative to prevent potential contamination after the vial is opened.  
  • Single-dose units do not require the use of thimerosal as a preservative. In addition, the live-attenuated version of the vaccine, which is administered intranasally (through the nose), is produced in single-units and does not contain thimerosal.


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Framingham, MA 01702
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