September 03, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Annual, Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics Announced

With flu season approaching, and cases of influenza continuing to be reported in our community, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department announces its seasonal flu shot clinics to begin in early October.

“Getting a seasonal flu shot will be more important than ever this year, because of the continuing spread of H1N1,” says immunization coordinator Leslie Davis, RN. “The seasonal flu shot will not protect you against H1N1, but it will protect against other flu viruses expected to circulate in our community this fall – viruses we know cause approximately 36,000 deaths each year.”

Seasonal flu shots will be offered at no cost to individuals considered to be at high risk for complications from seasonal flu, including

Clinics will be held on the following dates:

Vaccinations will be given on a first come, first served basis. No voucher is necessary. Individuals are encouraged to wear a short-sleeved shirt and bring their Medicare card, if applicable. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

H1N1 vaccine is still in clinical trials to test its safety and effectiveness. The first shipments of H1N1 vaccine are expected to reach Springfield in mid- to late October. The health department will provide more information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, the public is encouraged to protect themselves with proven disease prevention methods like good handwashing, keeping a distance from people who are sick, and making healthy lifestyle choices that will boost their immune system. It is also vital that people who are sick stay home until at least 24 hours after their symptoms, including fever, have gone away.

For more information on protection against all types of flu, visit www.springfieldmo.gov/health or call the public health information line at 417-864-1166.

Media contact:
Jaci McReynolds, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-1205 office, (417) 830-9511 cell

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