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By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Free flu shots offered this coming Tuesday

Enter through main doors at the hospital to get yours

 


A city-wide flu shot clinic is set for Tuesday evening, Nov. 6 according to health officials. The shots are free according to flyers advertising the event.

Donations will be accepted to defray costs and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The clinic will run from 6-8 p.m. the flyer said.

Last year, public health nurse Pam Shirrell said most people should consider getting a flu shot Only those who are currently ill with a fever , are allergic to chicken eggs or have compromised immune systems from certain diseases should not get a flu shot. Children under the age of five and those over the age of 50 are usually encouraged to get the vaccine, as they are at the highest risk of serious complications from influenza.

In the past several years, public health officials in Valdez, including the Public Health Nurse, city representatives from the fire department and the hospital and clinic have teamed up to provide free or low cost flu vaccination events to help stem influenza outbreaks.

It is important to get inoculated with the new vaccine every year, according to medical experts. The types of flu the inoculations prevent can change from year to year and unfortunately, the protection doesn’t last forever.

Anyone with questions regarding this year’s flu vaccine or the upcoming flu shot clinic should call Shirrell at the Public Health Clinic at 835-4612.

 

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