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August 22, 2013

Essex health panel eyes shingles vaccine clinics

ESSEX — A number of local and state health agencies have traditionally offered clinics distributing flu vaccines.

Now, the Essex Board of Health is taking that idea to a different level.

The Essex board has announced that it will be offering a limited supply of free shingles vaccine to Essex residents over the age of 60.

A clinic date has not yet been scheduled, officials said, but any residents interested in receiving this free vaccine must call the Essex Board of Health office at 978-768-7614 to register.

Those eligible to receive the vaccine will be notified when a date is scheduled and given an appointment. Those ineligible to be vaccinated at his time will be placed on a waiting list in the event someone before them drops out, or when additional vaccine becomes available.

Those scheduling appointments must bring proof of residency with them, as well as any insurance information they have. But uninsured individuals, officials said, will not be turned away.

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