Sep 27, 2013

Special flu shot clinic set for Oct. 5

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Department of Health invites the citizens of Darke County to take advantage of a special flu immunization clinic this year. On Oct. 5, the local health department will be hosting a Community Flu Clinic with hopes of serving a large number of community members and their families. The clinic will be presented at Spirit Medical Transport, 5484 State Route 49 South (south of the fairgrounds on State Route 49). The delivery of the shots during this event will be by both walk-in and drive through services between the hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It is highly suggested by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that everyone be annually immunized to acquire immunity against the seasonal flu. Those who typically have a more serious health risk(s) with the affects from the flu are the very young, very old and those who live with chronic health issues. For these folks, catching the flu can really place serious stress on their health. Each year, approximately 36,000 Americans die from the effects of being ill with influenza. The flu vaccine will be available for all ages from six months through senior citizens. The fee for the health department flu shot is $25 per person. This price is slightly increased this year due to the fact they will be offering the Quadrivalent form of the vaccine – meaning the vaccine will produce immunity for four different strains of influenza with one injection. With the slightly higher prices comes and additional coverage. Health Department vaccines are always the lowest price around because the agency is not attempting to make a profit. Another positive change at the clinics is that most Health Insurance Companies can now be billed by the health department; however, the client must show their insurance card at the time of service.

Come and receive flu shots for the entire family before the serious flu season begins and for a reasonable price. For more information about influenza and/or the vaccine, call the Darke County Health Department, 548-4196, ext. 202.

Anyone who wishes to download the registration form used for this 2013 Darke County Community Flu Clinic to save time on the day of the event can find the form on their website, www.darkecountyhealth.org. Bring the completed form, one per each participant, to the clinic on Oct. 5. This form will only be accepted in this manner, on this date, at this location.

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