Seasonal flu vaccine offered in Eagle County
Eagle, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado – Eagle County’s Department of Public Health will offer vaccination clinics for seasonal flu at its Avon, Eagle and El Jebel locations throughout the month of October. Clinics are scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21 in Avon at 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. Suite 107 and in Eagle at 551 Broadway. Clinics are scheduled from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Fridays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 in El Jebel at 0020 Eagle County Dr. Suite E. The cost of the vaccine is $20 for those 19 and older and $10 for those 18 and younger. All community members are encouraged to get vaccinated against seasonal flu.
Additional clinics will be scheduled as the flu season progresses and will include opportunities for H1N1 vaccine as it becomes available. Priority groups for the H1N1 vaccine established by the Centers for Disease Control include pregnant women; children 6 months through 4 years of age; children 5 through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions; those who live with or provide care for children younger than 6 months of age; and health care providers with direct patient contact. Following these categories, the next priority is for all health care and emergency medical services personnel; all those from 6 months through 24 years of age; and those aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza. Once the demand for prioritized groups has been met, providers will begin vaccinating anyone who requests it.
Public health officials are also reminding the community of preventative steps that can be taken to avoid spreading the flu, including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and keeping a reasonable distance from those who are ill. Individuals with mild flu-like illness should stay home. Children with a fever should not go to child care or school and adults with a fever should not go to work until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours, without the help of fever-reducing medications. The symptoms of both seasonal and H1N1 flu are similar and may include fever greater than 100 degrees, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue. In some cases, diarrhea and vomiting may occur. Individuals with severe symptoms or those at risk for complications from the flu should seek the advice of their health care provider.
The Department of Public Health is working with its partners at the national, state and local levels including medical providers, schools and businesses to ensure information and resources are available to the community. Those with questions on the flu can call the CoHELP line at 877-462-2911. The call center is staffed with both English- and Spanish-speaking health professionals from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Additional information can be found on the county’s Web site at http://www.eaglecounty.us/flu.
Citizens are encouraged to prepare for any emergency that might require staying home for several days. This includes creating a kit with enough food, water and other supplies for a 72-hour period. The American Red Cross Web site at http://www.redcross.org and the Ready Colorado site at http://www.readycolorado.org are recommended resources. The Web sites provide suggestions on items to include in a household supply kit and tips to develop a family emergency communications plan.
Also, community members are encouraged to subscribe to EC Alert, which provides immediate and important local emergency information to all mobile devices including cell phones, pagers and PDAs, or via any email address. The service is free and customizable; text message charges from your cell phone carrier may apply. Visit http://www.ecalert.org to enroll.