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Walk-in Clinic for flu shots today

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The battle continues to head off the flu, with a walk-in vaccination clinic in Monroe tomorrow (Thursday).

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is holding the flu vaccination clinic for those most at risk for developing flu-related complications. The clinic is 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at the Ouachita Parish Health Unit, 1650 DeSiard St., Monroe, LA 71201. No appointment is necessary. The high-risk groups eligible to receive the flu vaccination at the clinic include:

  • All children 6 months – 18 years of age

  • Everyone 50 years and older

  • Women who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant during flu season

  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives, who appeared to be at higher risk of flu complications last flu season

  • People who have a weakened immune system or chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease

  • People who are morbidly obese

  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

Flu vaccines are the best approach to keeping influenza at bay.

A flat fee of $10 will be charged for patients who fall into a fee-paying category, but services will not be denied due to inability to pay. Medicaid or Medicare participants must bring their insurance card to cover the cost. Parents are also asked to bring their child's vaccination records.

Seasonal flu vaccinations are also available at pharmacies, clinics and from your primary care physician.

In addition to getting the vaccine, DHH encourages the public to take other preventive actions to stop the spread of the flu:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

  • While sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other measures to keep our distance from each other to lessen the spread of flu.

For more information on flu activity by region in Louisiana and to find out how you can avoid being ill, visit http://www.fighttheflula.com/

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