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Union County Public Health urges annual influenza vaccination

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 10:31 a.m. CDT

Union County Public Health/Greater Regional Medical Center Outreach Services joins the Iowa Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control in urging an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older as the best way to protect against influenza. By getting a yearly flu-vaccine, individuals can protect themselves from illness, and protect those around them. Residents of Union County should get vaccinated as soon vaccine is available in their community.

“The best way to protect you and your family is to receive an annual influenza-vaccination,” said Robin Sevier, RN, Union County Public Health nurse.

“In Union County, our flu clinics are scheduled to be offered each Thursday beginning October 3 through November 21 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.,” Sevier said.

To add convenience for the public, the flu clinic will be held in the Medical Arts Plaza. Use the south entrance.

Influenza is a respiratory illness that most often causes fever, headache, extreme tiredness, coughing, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose. Occasionally, nausea and diarrhea can accompany the respiratory symptoms. The flu virus is spread when people who are ill cough or sneeze without covering their mouths and noses, sending tiny droplets of saliva into the air for others to breathe in and get sick. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object (such as a door handle) that has been touched by someone with the flu (who coughed into their hand), and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

For more information about influenza, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx.

For information about seasonal influenza clinics in Union County, call 641-782-3682.

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