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Haverhill

October 14, 2010

Flu shots available starting Saturday

The city's Council on Aging will hold flu clinics on three consecutive Saturdays beginning this weekend from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The clinics will be open to all Massachusetts residents.

The shots are free, but there is a suggested donation of $20. The city will bill Medicare for people who receive benefits from that agency. The clinics are open to everyone, with no restrictions as to any particular target group.

Vincent Ouellette, director of human services for the city, said although there is no anticipated flu-shot shortage, those in high-risk groups, including those who suffer from asthma, lung disease, diabetes or heart conditions, regardless of age, should visit a clinic. Haverhill currently has 500 doses of the vaccine, and expects to receive another 1,000 doses for the last two clinics, which are Oct. 23 and Oct. 30. Community Health Nurse Susan Najuch will supervise the clinics.

"This is the standard flu shot as the H1N1 pandemic is over," Ouellette said.

Annual Walk for Youth is Saturday

The Greater Haverhill Boys & Girls Club will hold its sixth annual Walk for Youth on Saturday at 10 a.m. The walk begins and ends at the club, 55 Emerson St. Rain date is Sunday at 10 a.m. Music by a deejay will be playing outside the club and free tours and refreshments follow the walk. Participants, including children and adults, have been approaching friends, family and others with pledge sheets, asking for donations. Pledge sheets are available at the club, and on the morning of the event at the front desk. This is the club's biggest fund-raiser of the year and proceeds support operating expenses and programs for its 1,000 youth members. To take part in the walk, to sponsor a walker or become a sponsor, contact Kathleen Pruett at 978-374-6171.

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