Flu shot clinic numbers low

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 29, 2010

Some 50 people came out to the Covington County Health Department Wednesday to get flu shots.

The health department currently has seasonal flu shots and H1N1 shots available.

“We’ve been doing walk-ins every day, so the number is down,” said Bobbie Jo Harper, administrative support, who was helping with the clinic.

“And we’ve had some clinics before.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in years past, indicates that seasonal flu activity typically does not reach its peak in the U.S. until January or February; however, flu activity has occurred throughout the year.

Getting a flu vaccination is the No.1 recommended step in the Alabama Department of Public Health’s “Do 10” campaign.

But, residents should remember to wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes, stay at home with fever, stockpile supplies such as soap and alcohol-based sanitizer, thermometers, liquids to stay hydrated and other things, clean and disinfect, know your office emergency plan, learn home care, call the doctor if symptoms worsen and stay information.

For those who haven’t received a vaccination, there is still time.

Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department.

Seasonal flu vaccines, as well as the H1N1 flu vaccine, will be available to all citizens.

There is no charge for the H1N1 vaccine; however, there is a $5 charge for the seasonal vaccination.

All Medicaid and Medicare participants should bring their cards with them.