Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is working to keep local communities healthy by sponsoring free flu clinics for Rhode Islanders who do not have health insurance. Over the next three months, BCBSRI will partner with local community service agencies to sponsor clinics across the state. BCBSRI has administered a free flu shot program for the last five years. Last year, BCBSRI administered vaccines at 40 sites to 700 uninsured individuals. Getting a flu shot is a simple yet highly effective action we can all take to keep our communities healthy, said Dr. Gus Manocchia, chief medical officer for BCBSRI. BCBSRI is committed to helping ensure that all Rhode Islanders, with or without insurance, have the opportunity to receive this very important vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu shot. Vaccination of high-risk persons ? including young children, pregnant women, people 65 years and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. The shot is not recommended for people who are allergic to chicken eggs or who have experienced a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past. The schedule of flu clinics as of September 10, 2014 is as follows: 9/10 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, RI Free Clinic, 655 Broad Street, Providence 9/11 12:30 PM-3:00 PM, RI Free Clinic, 655 Broad Street, Providence 9/16 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, MLK Center, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland, Newport 9/25 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, RI Free Clinic, 655 Broad Street,Providence 9/29 12:00 PM-3:00 PM, Johnnycake Center of Westerly, 23 Industrial Drive, Westerly 10/4 12:00 PM-3:00 PM, Oasis International, 600 Broad Street, Providence 10/15 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Blackstone Valley Community Action, 32 Goff Avenue, Pawtucket 10/29 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 422 Post Road (Suite 102), Warwick 10/30 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Amos House, 415 Friendship Street, Providence 11/15 10:30 AM-1:00 PM, Mount Hope Community Baptist Church, 734 Hope Street, Providence 11/24 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Johnnycake Center Inc, 1231 Kingstown Road, Wakefield Clinics began in September, and additional clinics will be added in October, November and December. Schedules are subject to change. BCBSRI members can get their flu vaccination with no out-of-pocket cost by visiting their primary care provider, a local pharmacy participating in our flu vaccine program or a flu clinic.