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Senior Times - October 2018 Why Take a Chance on Flu?
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Come To The Drive-Thru
By: Michelle Thorne, Personal Health Manager
The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) is again offering flu vaccine in 2018. Saturday, October 6 the CCPHD will host a Drive-Thru Flu Clinic at the Toeller Building back parking lot from 10am-1pm. No need to leave your car, or car seat, making it great for grandkids too. Tdap, Hepatitis A, Pneumonia, and Shingles vaccines will also be available.
Beginning October 1 the flu vac-
cine will be available at both Health Department locations (Albion and
Battle Creek) and at several flu clinics across the county. Contact the Health Department at (269) 969-6363, visit, or like us on Facebook for additional information and flu clinic times and dates.
Everyone six months of age and older should get Influenza protection. Getting vaccinated decreases risk and helps
to protect other people you come into contact with from getting the flu. There are special flu vaccines for people 65+ years, and even 50+ years, with higher amounts of antigen for better protection against the flu.
The best way to protect children is to get vaccinated. Anyone who has had a severe allergy to any parts of the vaccine should not get vaccinated. Those who are sick with a fever at the time of vacci- nation should wait until they have recov- ered. A severe allergy to eggs is NO longer a reason to not get vaccinated, as severe reactions are extremely rare.
The flu vaccine cannot make you sick. Several things can occur that might make you think you got sick from the vaccine. First, you may have already been exposed to the flu just prior to
getting vaccinated. Secondly, it takes about two weeks for your body to be ready to fight off the virus. Thirdly, some people may have a mild response to the vaccine by their own body. A day or two of muscle aches, low fever, and being tired simply tells us your body is responding to the vaccine working in your system but it does not mean you are sick with the flu.
Symptoms of influenza include sud- den onset of illness, chills, headache, stuffy nose, feeling of weakness, fever higher than 100.4°, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches. In children, symp- toms may include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and/or feeling really tired.
The flu can be surprisingly debili- tating to people, especially those with underlying medical conditions. High risk conditions may include: Pregnancy, heart problems, disease or treatment that suppresses the immune system (chemo- therapy, cancer), chronic lung diseases, diabetes, kidney disease, and being over the age of 65. Remember, the flu vac- cine will not prevent influenza 100% but it will significantly reduce the impact of influenza illness and can prevent deaths from influenza!
To prevent the spread of illness, stay at home while you are sick. Influenza viruses are spread from person to per- son primarily through sneezing and coughing. The virus may also be spread through contact with germs on the hands of a sick person or by touching objects or surfaces that have been touched by a sick person. Wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based cleaner/ hand sanitizer. Washing your hands is the single most important way to stop the spread of influenza.
Why Take a Chance on Flu?
Steve Frisbie is fighting FOR you.
• NO county tax increases
• Prioritizing spending on police, fire & infrastructure • Calhoun County bond rating upgraded to AA
• Leading efforts to fix the roads through smart
spending, road warranties, and consolidation.
A graduate of The Robert B. Miller College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Steve is a paramedic and the Director of Operations at LifeCare Ambulance Service. Steve and his wife Lorene reside in Pennfield.
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Paid for by The Committee to Elect Steve Frisbie 148 Pheasantwood Trail, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Drive-Thru Flu Clinic
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
10am - 1pm
Toeller Building Back Parking Lot, 190 E. Michigan, Battle Creek
Flu Vaccines Available in Clinics Beginning October 1
Health Department: Albion & Battle Creek Call 269-969-6363 or visit us on the web for more information
• High Dose Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine available
• Flu vaccines $40.00 and $69.00 (High Dose & Flu Blok)
• Pneumonia vaccine $116.00 and $203.00 Cash, check, and credit card accepted
• Many insurances accepted
Calhoun County Public Health Department 190 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 269-969-6363 CCPublicHealthDepartment

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