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|FMC to host flu vaccination clinic|
Don't let the flu 'bug' you this year…
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.
Flu is a serious contagious disease. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications each year and 20,000 of those are children younger than 5-years-old. Approximately 36,000 people die from the flue every year.
According to the Center for Disase Control website, www.cdc.gov, if you do get the flu, antiviral drugs s are an important treatment option. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight aganst the flu by keeping flu viruses from producing in your body. Antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. This could be especially important for people at high risk.
For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within two days of symptoms). The Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The vaccine can protect you from getting sick from the three main flu strains that researchers indicate will cause the most illness during flu season.
Debi Elrod, director of infection control and performance improvement at FMC will also be traveling to area 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 vaccine 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 insurance.