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Vote & Vax Comes to Peabody

Cast your ballot and get a free flu shot at the same time.

On Tuesday, not only can voters in Ward 2 cast their ballots at the Welch School, they can get a free flu shot as well between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

The Health Department, Board of Registrars, Peabody Public Schools and the City Clerk's office are collaborating to turn the school into a "Vote & Vax" site, as a pilot project in Peabody to offer free vaccinations during flu season and in a convenient way for adults.

Anyone 18 or older can receive a vaccination on as supplies are available.

“Flu season can last from October until May, so now is a great time to get the flu shot to protect you and your loved ones this season,” said Health Department Director Sharon Cameron. “We hope that this Vote and Vax clinic makes it easy and convenient for voters to get vaccinated.”

The idea itself is not new -- the "Vote & Vax" project was launched in 1996 as a non-political public health strategy. Four years ago, more than 20,000 vaccinations were administered at 331 sites across 42 states and Washington D.C.

The Peabody site and one in Gloucester are the only two being held on the North Shore on Election Day -- in 2008, the nearest "Vote & Vax" was in Somerville.

You can call the Health Department at 978-538-5926 for more information on Tuesday's clinic.

Precincts 1 and 2 of Ward 2 vote at the Welch School, which is located at the end of Swampscott Avenue.

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