Local health group to host drive-thru flu shots

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"As soon as you get that shot, you're not automatically protected right away".

The immunization clinic will be open weekdays from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m., except for Wednesdays, when the clinic's hours will be 1-8 p.m.

The Muskingum County Health Department hosted their third flu shot clinic at the Muskingum Valley Health Clinic South in the Old Maysville Middle School Thursday. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache. Call the drug store for details. Even children can benefit from having a flu shot.

"CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated annually".

Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies said: 'The harsh reality is that flu can kill and the best way to protect yourself is to get the jab. Infants, seniors and individuals with chronic heart, lung or endocrine diseases are more likely than others to become seriously ill if infected by the influenza virus and require hospitalization. "It is highly contagious, and is among the top 10 leading causes of death in Canada".

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Who should get the vaccine?

"Stay healthy for them", McHugh said, "and reduce sick time for you".

Those who are 65 or older can speak to their doctors about whether they'd benefit from a high-dose vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose), which is four times stronger than the standard shot, or the adjuvanted vaccine (Fluad), which has an additive created to elicit a more robust immune reaction. The vaccine protects against several flu strains.

Jenny Harris Deputy Director at Public Health England said: "I would urge eligible people in the South West to help keep the most vulnerable in the region well and to avoid unnecessary hospital visits by making sure they are vaccinated". You can also find a flu clinic near you by visiting the Influenza Clinic Locator on the ImmunizeBC website.

The first statewide flu report, released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, shows that six people have been hospitalized for influenza since October 1, the official start of flu season. By following this policy, you will help to protect the people you are visiting from getting a potentially serious illness.

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