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Worcester Public Schools – FREE FLU CLINICS for our kids!

FREE FLU VACCINATIONS FOR WPS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS!

This week – through Thursday!

Brothers and sisters of WPS students may also get their vaccines!

Flu shots are the #1 way to prevent your kids from getting sick from influenza this winter! I get my flu shot every year, and every year I NEVER GET THE FLU! All this anti-vaccine rhetoric is over-the-top. Vaccines save lives! Kids and the elderly, and folks with compromised immune systems, can die of the flu! Get them vaccinated! Get yourself vaccinated! It’s for your family and the community’s health!

These WPS CLINICS are a snap!

It’s EASY. It’s FREE. Great, super nice professionals – at least they were great and super nice when I was a kid in the Worcester public schools and went to all the health clinics! And … the docs/nurses have special stuff for your child if he or she is allergic to eggs/can’t get the regular flu shot. Just tell the doc or nurse. Kids can be as young as six months and receive the vaccine – doctors and nurse practitioners can tell you more. Talk with them. They’re the health experts.

For the WPS flu clinics, a parent/guardian MUST be present with the child.

On Tuesday, tomorrow, clinics start at 9 a.m. at:

Chandler Magnet School

Chandler Elementary Community School

Vernon Hill School

Grafton Street Elementary School

Lincoln Street Elementary School

Jacob Hiatt Magnet School

Woodland Academy

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On Wednesday, clinics start at 10 a.m. at:

Canterbury Magnet Computer-Based School

Gates Lane School of International Studies

Clinics will start at 10:30 a.m. at Roosevelt School, and at noon at Tatnuck Magnet School.

Clinics will start at 9 a.m. at Heard Street Discovery Academy, Francis J. McGrath Elementary School, and Rice Square School.

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On Thursday, clinics will start at 9 a.m. at:

Clark Street Developmental Learning School

Nelson Place School

Columbus Park Preparatory Academy

Lakeview School

City View Discovery School

Quinsigamond Elementary School.

The clinic at West Tatnuck School will start at 9:30 a.m.

– R. T.

The City of Worcester and Ebola awareness

The City of Worcester, in collaboration with the Liberian Association of Worcester County and UMass Memorial Global Health Department, is hosting a fundraiser and Evening of Awareness to support medical and humanitarian aid focusing on the global Ebola response efforts.

The date for this event is November 14 from 6 pm-10 pm at Union Station

Our purpose is to provide more awareness and education to Worcester County on the prevailing epidemic of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia and other west African countries.

We are also aiming to provide background health knowledge from public health professionals on EVD.

The program will also be geared toward providing education on the historical ties between Liberia and the USA.

Partners organizing the event are looking for Worcester-based nonprofit organizations and universities that are active with any social justice or service learning programs in the Ebola affected countries to table at the event in order to raise awareness around the current impact and connections organizations in Worcester have to the outbreak in West Africa.

These tabling organizations will have the opportunity to raise funds for their relevant programming at this event.

The program schedule will be structured as follows:

1.   Pre-event march or gathering before city hall (weather permitting)

2.   Presentation of historical ties between Liberia and the USA

3.   Presentation and testimonials by families affected by EVD

4.   Presentations by medical professionals and organizations working in Liberia to help combat EVD

5.   Cultural display of Liberia

6.   Video Presentation from Liberia/Liberian professionals working in Worcester County

7.   (Tabling throughout the night)

Thank you!!

She didn’t sugar-coat it

By Rosalie Tirella

The woman at the City of Worcester Public Health Department felt bad, when I called to tell them about the used syringe in my backyard. And to tell them TAKE IT – SOME JUNKY’S TOOL – AWAY. (I didn’t see the used needle last night when Jett and I returned home from work. So I assume city workers with gloves and sharp boxes came by…)

She told me: The city’s health dept got phone calls a few days ago from people in my neighborhood. They too had stumbled upon dirty drug addict needles.

How unsettling. You are running what you believe to be your mundane, predictable little life and then this symbol of everything dirty and desperate and deadly and illegal pops into your fairly well modulated world, the world you try so hard to create for yourself, your pets, your kids. A reminder that YOU have no control over anything. The universe, your neighborhood – it’s all about entropy, life coming undone, breaking apart. You and your neighbors try so hard to keep it together. But it’s a farce. People lie. People cheat. People behead other people. People kill 18 year old black boys. People lose themselves in heroin. It’s a wonder we’ve created all these amazing civilizations, the anti-dote to entropy!

Maybe the deadly heroin that killed a bunch of people in my city has finally been used up, bought up…Now Worcester is back to the regular smack. The beat goes on…

The Worcester city worker told me this, too: The City of Worcester Health Department gets phone calls like mine every day from people all over Worcester. Discarded syringes are found EVERYWHERE in Worcester. EVERY DAY.

Who wants to buy, renovate and live in one of Worcester’s inner-city three deckers, if he or she has to contend with drug addicts and their “issues”? Who, after a hard day’s work, wants to contend with filthy syringes?

After I blogged about the syringe in my backyard yesterday I got an email from an ICT reader who said she knows how I feel. She wrote she was sick of the junkies behind her building defecating in her building’s back parking lot.

I’ll say!

What made the email especially sad is the person sounded resigned to living with drug addicts and them taking a shit in her parking lot.

Entropy.