|Health Dept. flu clinic Thurs.|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:45|
The flu season is starting and the Wood County Health District is working to reduce the local impact of influenza with a flu vaccine clinic scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Children 18 and under can receive a flu shot or flu mist for $10. Shots are $20 for adults 18 through 64. Adults 65 and older can receive a high-dose shot for $40.
"Not only does receiving the flu vaccination protect yourself, it is also extremely helpful in preventing illness in those around you and the members of our community," said Epidemiologist Nikki Brue.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 to 20 percent of people are infected with the flu and more than 200,000 are hospitalized each year. Not everyone has the same risk of becoming infected. Several groups of people have a higher risk of serious complications including children under 5; people with chronic diseases such as asthma, COPD, heart disease and diabetes; pregnant women; and adults 65 and older.
This year, the Wood County Health District is teaming up with the University of Toledo's College of Nursing to put on the clinic.
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