Pitkin County Community Health wants to “stick it to you” in BOTH arms! Community Health is pleased to report that there is finally enough Seasonal and H1N1 Flu vaccine for everybody to be vaccinated who wants to be. There are two clinics next week. One for Seasonal Flu vaccinations and one for H1N1 vaccinations. Health officials say It’s OK to get two flu shots in the same week. There will be flu mist available.
Seasonal Flu Clinic Mon. Dec. 7th 2 to 6 pm Community Health (H&Hs Bldg. next to AVH)
H1N1 Flu Clinic Wed. Dec 9th 2 to 6 pm Community Health (H&Hs Bldg. next to AVH)
So, you think flu season is over? Read on!
The scoop on H1N1:
Even though we have all heard reports that cases of H1N1 have declined locally and nationally in recent weeks, health officials warn that there could be a new “surge” of the illness after the first of the year. Sadly, pediatric deaths from H1N1 are much higher than from seasonal flu in each of the past four years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 35 children died across the nation last week from complications from H1N1. Health officials continue to emphasize the importance of becoming part of the immunized “herd” to protect yourself and others from this potentially fatal disease. There has been a lot of misinformation circulating about the safety of the H1N1 vaccine. Health officials say there is no indication that it has any more side effects than the traditional season flu shot. H1N1 vaccinations are being provided free of charge to all.
The scoop on Seasonal Flu:
So far this season, there have been very few cases of seasonal flu as the H1N1 strain showed up earlier and has dominated. But we’re just heading in to the seasonal flu season now! Seasonal Flu is expected to appear across the country and in our community as it always does between now and the end of February. It is not too late to protect yourself from Seasonal Flu. Remember, seasonal flu kills 35,000 people nationwide every year and hospitalizes thousands more than that! Shots are $20 for adults, $10 for children.
Shot or no shot please remember:
Wash your hands a lot, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, avoid close contact with sick people, and by all means STAY HOME if you get sick!
For more information go to www.flu.gov.