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Drive through flu clinic

Grundy County Public Health Holds Fifth Annual Drive Through Flu Clinic Best protection against the flu is yearly immunization

September 15, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

Grundy County joins the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in encouraging all residents to get their yearly flu vaccination. "The flu vaccine is safe and it saves lives," said Nancy Haren, RN, BSN. "Healthy people, including healthy children and young adults, can get very ill from the flu and can spread the flu to others. By getting a yearly flu vaccine you can protect yourself from serious illness, and protect those around you." It's especially important to be vaccinated if you have regular contact with people more vulnerable to the complications of flu, including babies, children with asthma, and the elderly.

The 5th annual drive thru clinic will be held on Friday, September 20th from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Bethany Presbyterian Church. Please enter through the 4th Street entrance. Please bring your red, white and blue Medicare card if you are on Medicare.

The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older. This year's flu vaccine is plentiful and available in both the injectable ('shot in the arm') and mist ('spray in the nose') options; the vaccine protects against the three most common flu viruses expected to circulate this year, including the 2009 H1N1 virus.

Influenza is a respiratory illness that most often causes fever, headache, extreme tiredness, muscle pain, dry coughing, sore throat, and runny nose. In children, diarrhea sometimes accompanies the respiratory symptoms. The flu virus is spread when people who are ill cough or sneeze without covering their mouths and noses. Others get sick when they breathe in the air containing the flu virus. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object (like a door handle) that has been touched by someone with the flu (who coughed into their hand), and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose.

For more information on influenza, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx?pg=FluHome. For information about the influenza vaccine, including where you may find a local vaccine provider, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx?pg=FluVaccine.

 
 

 

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