SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Fall is flu shot time.
The Springfield Department of Health and Human Services is holding free seasonal flu clinics.
The Mayflower Senior Center on Sumner Avenue served as the clinic on Wednesday.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone over 6 months of age says Bettye Anderson Frederic of the health department. “They should get the flu shot because they don’t want to get the flu. The flu can be mild or it can be very traumatic leading to illness, hospitalization, and for some groups death,” says Frederic.
There are other shots you should consider as well if you’re getting older.
Dr. Rebecca Starr is a geriatrician at Baystate Medical Center. “The pneumonia shot is also very important to get for generally anybody over the age of 65 or younger if you have some issues like COPD, lung disease or diabetes, they often recommend it earlier,” says Dr. Starr.
In addition to the flu and pneumonia shots, there is also a shot for shingles. “What makes it so bad is not the shingles themselves, those are vesicles similar to chicken pox, but it’s the pain that can develop after those vesicles have healed,” says Dr. Starr.
Dr. Starr says the shingles shot is given to people over 60.
Also only get the shingles shot if you’ve had chicken pox.
Check with your primary care physician about whether you should get a shingles or pneumonia shot.