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Flu vaccinations begin next week

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EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County Monday will begin vaccinating residents at highest risk of flu . “The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that people with chronic medical conditions, seniors ages 65 and older, children ages 6 to 23 months, and pregnant women have the opportunity to receive their vaccinations first,” county Public Health Manager Jill Hunsaker said. “Because of last year’s vaccine shortage, the vaccine supply is being released to health care providers in stages.”Flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year in the United States:• 5 percent to 20 percent of Americans get the flu;• More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and• Approximately 36,000 people die from flu.Other groups eligible for early vaccination include residents of long-term care facilities, doctors and nurses and caregivers of children less than 6 months old.Healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick. The county will begin providing vaccinations for the general public on Oct. 24 and will hold a large-scale vaccination clinic as an emergency training exercise on Nov. 5.”There is a myth that getting a flu shot can make you sick. Not so,” county Public Heath Nurse Kristin Diedrich said. “Flu vaccine is made with an inactivated virus. If someone gets sick after receiving the flu shot, they are either sick with another illness, or they were exposed to the flu before the vaccine had a chance to kick in.”Common symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches, and a runny nose. “Although people mistake other common illnesses for influenza, the flu is really unmistakable. People feel so ill that they can’t get out of bed for several days.”County flu vaccinations cost $15 for adults and $5 for children. Medicaid and Medicare are accepted. Flu immunizations will be provided during the dates and times listed below:Eagle Office: 551 Broadway, phone number: 328-8840• High Risk Clinic Monday, October 17th 2-4:30pm• Open Clinics Friday, October 28th 2-7pmWednesday, November 2nd 2-4:30pmWednesday, November 9th 9-11:30amWednesday, November 16th 2-4:30pmMonday, November 21st 2-4:30pmWednesday, November 30th 2-4:30pmAvon Office: 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. Suite 107, phone number: 949-7026• High Risk Clinics Wednesday, October 19th 2-4:30pmMonday, October 24th 9-11:30am• Open Clinics Wednesday, November 2nd 2-4:30pmMonday, November 7th 2-7pmFriday, November 18th 2-4:30pmMonday, November 21st 2-4:30pmWednesday, November 30th 2-4:30pmVail, Colorado

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