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It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot!

Though the calendar says February, itís not too late to get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season can start as early as October and can last through May with the peak flu season in January or later.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months or older receive a flu shot, but especially those that are at higher risk for developing flu-related complications. Those at higher risk include: children younger than five; adults 65 years or older; pregnant women; and those with a chronic medical condition including asthma; heart disease; neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions; liver, kidney, endocrine or metabolic disorders; morbidly obese; etc. The CDC also strongly encourages health care workers or people that take care of children or any high risk individual to receive the vaccination.

J.C. Blair Medical Services, Inc. will offer a Flu Shot Clinic for the community on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the lobby of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital. The Flu Shot Clinic is open to the community. Patients can pay $20 or bring their insurance card. No appointment is necessary. Any questions, please call (814) 643-8556.