Cincinnati Health Commissioner Melba Moore and UC Health President and CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, announce the roll out of flu shots for the community in front of the Ambrose H. Clement Health Center operated by UC Health. Photo provided by UC Health

By Amanda Nageleisen 

UC Health 

The University of Cincinnati, UC Health and the Cincinnati Health Department have partnered to provide free influenza vaccines to thousands of people across Cincinnati throughout the month of January. 

The immunizations are funded by UC’s Hero Bearcats program, which launched in April 2019 as part of the university’s bicentennial celebration. 

“Hero Bearcats was created to engage the community and celebrate the people and places that make Cincinnati such a great place to live,” said Martin Ludwig, director of trademarks and licensing for UC. “We are proud to announce that sponsorship income from the campaign is being directed to scholarships and to supporting vulnerable members of the community through the Bearcats Pantry and free flu shots. We are glad that Hero Bearcats has brought people together and enabled the university to make a meaningful impact to support vulnerable members of the community.” 

The Cincinnati Health Department will provide flu shots at each of its seven health clinics across the city, including the Ambrose H. Clement Health Center operated by UC Health. The immunizations will be administered by UC Health and health department clinicians. 

The flu shots will be available at the following dates and times through January 31: 

  • Ambrose H. Clement Health Center3559 Reading Road. Tuesday: 9 a.m.noon, Wednesday: 9 a.m.noonThursday: 1-4 p.m. and Friday: 10 a.m.4 p.m. 
  • Braxton F. Cann Memorial Medical Center5818 Madison RoadMonday: 9 a.m.noonWednesday: 9 a.m.noon and Friday: 1-4 p.m.  
  • Bobbie Sterne Health Center1525 Elm St.Wednesday: 1-4 p.m.
  • Millvale at Hopple Street Health Center2750 Beekman St.Thursday: 1-4 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m.noon 
  • Northside Health Center3917 Spring Grove Ave.Tuesday: 5-7 p.m. 
  • Price Hill Health Center2136 W. 8th St., second and fourth Friday, 1-4 p.m. 
  • Walnut Street Health Center1005 Walnut St.Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.4 p.m. 

The clinics will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone aged 6 months or older receive a flu vaccine annually. Flu season typically lasts from October through March and peaks in February. 

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