2012-2013 Flu Clinic Information
On Tuesday January 15th: The Board of Health has limited supply of flu doses available
On Tuesday January 15th, the Framingham Board of Health will have a limited supply of influenza vaccine available for ages 18 and up. There is no charge for this vaccine. Flu shots will be available from 4 to 4:45 pm Tuesday January 15th and then daily after that from 8:30 - 9:30 am and 4 to 4:45 pm while supply lasts. GET THE FLU SHOT, NOT THE FLU.
FRAMINGHAM'S FLU CLINIC INFORMATION HOTLINE 508-532-5478
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Thimerosal and Influenza
Board of Health
150 Concord St.
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 www.cdc.gov 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.