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|FMC sponsors flu vaccinations and mini health fair|
Franklin Medical Center will be hosting a community flu vaccination clinic and mini-health fair on Friday, Nov. 7, from 7 a.m to 4 p.m. in the front lobby.
"Many hospital representatives will be available for health information and blood pressure checks," said Debi Elrod, director of infection control and performance improvement, "We're sponsoring the clinic as a service to the community, not only for the flu vaccine, but also to distribute health information."
The Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
According to the CDC website, symptoms of the flu include:
runny or stuffy nose
Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, can also occur but are more common in children than adults.
If you get sick, the CDC advises that you:
-Get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.
-There are over-the-count medications to relieve symptoms of the flu (but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever).
-Remember that serious illness from the fule is more likely in certain groups of people including people 65 and older, pregnant women, people with certain chronic medical conditions and young children.
-Consult your doctor early on for the best treatment, but also be aware of emergency warning signs that require urgent medical symptoms.
Elrod will also travel to parish schools during the last week of October to offer flu vaccines to the teachers and employees. After Nov. 7, the vaccine will be available at FMC Health Clinics in Winnsboro, Newellton and St. Joseph.
The flu vaccination and mini-health fair is free to Medicare recipients who present a Medicare card. There will be a $15 for all others. Franklin Medical Center will not file with insurance.