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Health department to hold influenza vaccine clinic

By Monique Peloquin
Posted Wednesday, December 8, 2004

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The Chatham County Public Health Department has received additional influenza vaccine. A clinic will be held to provide the vaccine to eligible people.

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2004
Time: 9am - 2pm
Places: Jordan Matthews High School Cafeteria; Northwood High School Cafeteria
Cost: Free

Eligibility is based on the CDC recommendations which are:
* All children aged 6-23 months
* Adults 65 and older
* Persons aged 2-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions
* All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season
* Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
* Children aged 6 months-18 years on chronic aspirin therapy
* Health-care workers involved in direct patient care; and
* Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged less than 6 months

For the first time in its history, the CDC is recommending that people outside of those risk groups not get the vaccine.

All people should remember to protect themselves through simple good health habits including: avoiding close contact with those who are sick, staying home when sick, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, washing hands regularly, and avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

Contact the Health Department at 742-5641 for clinic directions or other questions.

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