Submitted by the Bedford Board of Health
Getting the flu shot still is the best way to prevent getting the flu. Anyone can get the flu, but the risk of getting flu is highest among children. Flu can make some people much sicker than others including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions – such as asthma, heart, lung or kidney disease, nervous system disorders, or a weakened immune system. Flu can make existing medical conditions much worse and can also lead to pneumonia and cause diarrhea and seizures in children.
By getting the flu vaccine you protect not only yourself from getting the flu, but you also help to keep it from spreading to those around you; your family, friends, and co-workers. Flu vaccine is the best protection we have from flu and its complications.
The Bedford Town Wide Flu Clinic is open to residents of Bedford 6 months of age and older. It is free of charge for everyone; however, the Board of Health will seek reimbursement from your medical insurance company for the flu dose and administration of the shot. These reimbursements pay for the vaccine we provide each year and enable this program to continue. As such it is important for you to bring insurance cards to this clinic.
At the clinic, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 8 years of age or younger may need a second dose depending on their previous flu vaccination status. Please speak to your pediatrician if you have any question or concerns about the influenza vaccine for your child.
If you’d like to save time, print and complete your flu shot registration form in advance of the clinic by navigating to the Bedford Board of Health website and click on the link: Flu Registration Form under the Flu Clinic Information tab. Bring this completed form and your insurance card to the clinic. We ask that anyone receiving a vaccination wear clothing that allows for easy access to their arm for vaccine administration. If you have any questions about the clinics or the Flu Vaccine please contact the Board of Health at 781-275-6507 or visit the Board of Health website at www.bedfordma.gov/health.
There will be additional opportunities for Middle School and High School students in Bedford to receive the flu vaccine. School-based clinics will be offered this year on October 18th at the High School and October 24th at the Middle School. If you’d like your child to attend the clinic at their school, please navigate to the Flu Clinic Information – School Based tab on Board of Health website, complete the registration form and return it to the BOH before the school clinic date.