There's still time to get your flu shot - free and low-cost vaccine available - February 20, 2007

Record Number: 3023
Displayed from: Feb 20, 2007 , until: Mar 01, 2007

The following news release is from the Allen County Flu Task Force: ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. Getting vaccinated is still your best shot at avoiding influenza, and it's not too late. Free flu shots are still available from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and Super Shot clinics. February and March are the months when flu activity typically peaks and at least nine children in the United States have died of influenza already this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Locally, Allen County is also seeing widespread flu activity. "Spring break is just around the corner and who wants to spend that time lying in bed with a fever, body aches and a sore throat?" says Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County Health Commissioner. "If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, please consider getting one this week." The shot is available free of charge for children and teenagers six months up to 18 years of age at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health's Immunization Clinic on the fifth floor of the City-County Building, 1 E. Main St. The clinic's hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Parents are asked to bring the child's shot record. Besides the health department's Immunization Clinic, free children's flu vaccinations are also available at all Super Shot clinic locations. For a list of locations and their hours of operation, visit www.phpni.com/supershot.htm or call (260) 424-7468. Adults who still want to arrange for a flu vaccine should check with their physician or visit one of the five RediMed urgent care clinics in northeast Indiana. For a list of locations and hours of operation, visit www.redimedclinics.com. Flu shots can also be obtained through Parkview Home Health & Hospice at 1900 Carew St. Suite 6, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call (260) 373-9810 for further information. With or without the shot, there are steps people can take to help protect themselves and prevent the spread of flu and other viruses. * Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water * Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze * Stay home if you are sick For more information, visit www.fighttheflu.org

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