Providence Alaska Medical Center to provide free flu vaccinations

November 03, 2016

Vaccinations are part of effort to create healthier communities

Anchorage, Alaska — Providence Alaska Medical Center will provide free influenza vaccinations to adults from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the Diversity Community Health Awareness Day at Northway Mall in Anchorage.

The free flu vaccination event is part of Providence’s commitment to the health and well-being of the community, especially those who might not otherwise have easy access to vaccination services.

For each Providence caregiver who received a flu vaccination this year, the hospital pledged to provide a free vaccination for a community member. As a result, more than 2,000 vaccinations will be distributed to the community. Providence has already provided free flu vaccinations at Brother Francis Shelter and some local assisted living homes.

“Providence strives to provide the safest environment possible for our patients, caregivers and the populations we serve,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Since the flu shot is the best way to keep you and your loved ones from getting the flu, I hope community members take advantage of this opportunity to be vaccinated and protected against the flu.”

Although the vaccinations available at the event are designated for adults only, Providence, in partnership with Kohl’s Cares, also offers a free children’s immunization clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. The next children’s vaccination event is on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Suite A351. Eligibility details and more information is available at http://alaska.providence.org/services/c/childrens/support-and-resources/immunize.