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October 14, 2013

Flu shots offered

JACKSONVILLE — Cherokee County Public Health will host an Oct. 22 drive-through “Kung Flu Fighting” clinic, offering $20 flu vaccines for adults at the Public Health office at  510 E. Commerce in Jacksonville.

The clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults can use a drive-though lane outside the building, while children under age 19 must go inside the clinic for their immunization, said organizers.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that while “the timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season,” it recommends a yearly flu vaccine for individuals six months of age and older to help protect themselves from the disease.

“While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season,” according to the CDC website; “Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.”

Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February, the site said, but “seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.”

Cost of the vaccine for youths eligible through the Texas Vaccine For Children program is $10, while adults with Medicare Part B or children with Medicaid and CHIP Superior or Ameri-group (with proper ID and paperwork) will not be charged a fee.

For more information about the flu vaccine clinicss, contact Public Health at 903-586-6191 or visit www.cchdtexas.org.

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