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Adair Health Department announces two flu clinics

On Monday, September 20, 2010, and Wednesday, September 29, 2010, the Adair Co. Health Dept. will be holding flu shot clinics at their office at 801 Westlake DR, Columbia. Both clinics will run from 8am-3:30pmCT, and shots will be given by appointment only. These clinics will be for adult vaccinations only; children's vaccine has not yet been received. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Health Dept. at (270) 384-2286 or 270-384-5564, ext. 0.Angela D. Corbin, office manager.

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding flu and flu vaccine:

  1. When should people start thinking about getting the flu shot? When is flu season?
    Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available this fall. Flu season is typically from October through March.
  2. Who do health department staff recommend get the shot?
    Everyone 6 months and older. There are people at higher risk of complications if they do develop the flu. Those people include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with underlying medical conditions. These groups should definitely consider getting the flu vaccine.
  3. Will there be plenty of vaccine this year? There was some shortage in the past few years.
    We do not anticipate any shortages of vaccine this year, however people should not wait to receive their vaccine. Go ahead and get it as soon as it is available to protect yourself and your family as early as possible.
  4. We see the health department has planned many clinics, starting Sept. 20. Will the shots at the clinics be free or will there be a cost?
    Flu shots will cost $23. Flu mist (nasal spray) will cost $30. High Dose Flu shots (available for people 65 years and older) will cost $40. Pediatric flu shots (6 to 35 months) will cost $27.50 and require 2 doses. Several insurances can be billed or patients may use cash, check, Visa or Mastercard. For more information about the cost of the vaccine or scheduling an appointment, please contact the Adair Co. Health Dept. at 384-2286, ext. 0.
  5. Is there an all-in-one shot this year to protect against several strains of flu? Do you all recommend that shot? Will that be available at the health department?
    While flu is unpredictable, it's likely that 2009 H1N1 viruses and regular seasonal viruses will cause illness in the U.S. this flu season. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season.
  6. Should people get a flu shot ever year?
    Yes. Flu strains change each year and new vaccination is required for adequate protection.
  7. Who is at high risk for contracting the flu?
    Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the 2010-2011 season vaccine is available.

    People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.

    Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
  8. How can we prevent getting the flu?
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
    • While you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
For more information about the cost of the vaccine or scheduling an appointment, please contact the Adair Co. Health Dept. at 384-2286, ext. 0.

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