Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Fall Flu Clinic October 23 at Carmel Fire Dept.

Fall Flu Clinic October 23 at Carmel Fire Dept.

In addition to providing flu vaccinations, the event serves as an emergency preparedness exercise to practice plans and procedures for dealing with a public health disaster that would require the Health Department to dispense large amounts of vaccine or medications to the community. People may first have a headache "more in the front of your head or behind your eyes", with other symptoms being a fever of at least 103 degrees, chills, sweats and body aches. The number of ER visits has more than doubled in the past few years, from just over two visits for every 10,000 people to more than five in 2014. According to a study published in 2015, covering the period 2000-2009, more than 2,000 deaths per year have been avoided thanks to vaccination, with an average efficiency of the vaccine in the elderly assessed at 35%.

It's important to get vaccinated every year because flu strains change so rapidly. Some people with the blood sugar disease don't realize they're at risk for flu-related complications.

A news release from the department said getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu.

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The second clinic is set for Tuesday, from 4:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m.at Mercy Hospital Southwest located at 551 Shanley Court. No one will be turned away if they can't pay.

To find the nearest flu vaccination location, check out the HealthMap Vaccine Finder. If not, Community Health Network wants to help you fight the flu-for free! We maybe had one case of flu reported by January, so when I woke up sneezing and coughing one morning it didn't even enter my mind that it could be the flu.

Wash your hands - Handwashing prevents the spread of flu and other germs, like the common cold. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. The clinic also accepts many forms of insurance.

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