Seasonal flu shots available next week

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 25, 2009

It’s that time of the year –time for Pike County residents to protect themselves against the seasonal flu.

The Pike County Health Department will hold its annual flu shot clinic Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This year it’s going to be held at the Troy Parks and Recreation Building,” said Debbie Baker, clinic supervisor.

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The Park and Recreation Building is located on Enzor Road off of Highway 87.

Baker said anyone six months or older can get the flu vaccination.

The cost is $5 per shot. Those who have Medicare or Medicaid should bring their cards.

“The single best way to protect (from seasonal influenza) is to get vaccinated,” Baker said. “The seasonal flu vaccine is now available.”

Baker said fall is the best time to get vaccinated.

“But, getting vaccinated later in the flu season still provides protection as flu season usually peaks in January or later,” Baker said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, on average 5 to 2 percent of the population gets the flu each year, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from flu-related complications, and approximately 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.

Some people, such as older adults, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease are at increased risk for serious complication from seasonal flu illness.

Baker said in addition to getting the vaccine, people should remember to wash their hands frequently and cover their mouths when they cough.

As for the H1N1 vaccine, Baker said they are expected to receive it, but they haven’t yet.