AUBURN, Mass. – When residents step into the voting booth, they’re selecting a leader to protect their economic, social and political interests. On this Election Day, Auburn residents can protect their own health.
The Auburn Board of Health is offering a “Vote-n-Vac,” in which residents can receive a flu vaccination when they vote Tuesday, Nov. 6.
In this new program, the Board of Health will set up a public flu clinic on Election Day from noon to 8 p.m. at Auburn High School.
“We hope that this will make it as convenient as possible to get vaccinated this year, and to protect you and your family against the flu,” the Board of Health said in a statement.
Andrew Pelletier, director of public health, said the department will set up in Room 200, away from the voting booths, for both voters and non-voters.
“You don’t have to vote to get a flu shot at this public flu clinic,” Pelletier said at a recent Board of Selectmen meeting. “Remember, every vaccine we give out protects not only the person that we gave it to, but also every person they may have gotten in contact with if they had the flu. So one vaccine protects multiple people.
“We think that the flu clinics are a continuing benefit to the community, and we will push them as hard as we can, as long as we can,” he added.
Flu clinic participants should bring their insurance or Medicare cards.
Voting will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the high school gym from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The top race on the ballot is President Barack Obama versus Republican challenger Mitt Romney. There is also the hotly contested U.S. Senate race pitting incumbent Scott Brown against Elizabeth Warren. Another notable match-up is the state Senate race between incumbent Michael Moore and Steve Simonian.
For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 508-832-7701.