Berrien Health Department Offering Flu Shot Clinics

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"Reducing risks is one of the AADE's seven key self-care behaviors for managing diabetes, and getting the flu shot every fall is an excellent way of reducing the risk of getting sick", certified diabetes educator Evan Sisson said in an AADE news release.

The HSE is today calling on those most at risk - people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with long term and chronic illnesses and nursing home residents to get the vaccine.

With flu season just around the corner, Dignity Health is hosting free flu shot clinics this week. 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%.

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Thousands of Americans may get the flu this year.

Couqille/Myrtle Point area residents may receive shots 8 a.m. -1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Coos County Courthouse in room 121, 250 N Baxter in Coquille. Do not let the location fool you as this event is open to everyone in the community! No one will be turned away for an inability to pay!

"The type [of vaccine] that we use is called quadrivalent, and it has four of the most commonly anticipated strands of flu for any given season", Weber said. If not, Community Health Network wants to help you fight the flu-for free!

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Matthew Rudberg, a physician assistant at MinuteClinic, explains the upcoming flu season could be heightened due to newly-discovered flu strains in the southern hemisphere.

Cover your cough - If you do find yourself coughing and sneezing, cough into your elbow to prevent spreading germs to those around you.

For those who are unable to attend the community flu vaccination event on October 14, the flu vaccine will be available at Carson City Health and Human Services' Immunization Clinic every Thursday between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis.

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