Vermillion clinic will give flu shots to persons at highest risk of disease

Vermillion clinic will give flu shots to persons at highest risk of disease Due to receiving just a partial shipment of influenza vaccine, the Vermillion Medical Clinic will begin administering the vaccine to persons who are at highest risk of complications from influenza.

The guideline recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will be strictly followed.

The following persons should receive the influenza vaccine in October or November:


* Persons 65 years or older.


* Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.


* Adults and children who have respiratory diseases (including asthma) or heart disease.


* Adults and children who have chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes or severe anemia), or immune system problems (e.g., HIV infection or receiving medications such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy).


* Children and teenagers (6 months to 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and might be at risk for Reye's Syndrome.


* Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the flu season.


* Healthcare workers, and employees of hospitals, clinics, offices, and chronic care institutions who directly care for, and have close contact with, people at high risk for complications of flu.


* If the remainder of the vaccine arrives at a later date, the following persons should receive the influenza vaccine in December:


* Unvaccinated persons in the groups above, including healthcare workers.


* Household members (including children) or persons in high-risk groups.


* If the flu vaccine is available, healthy persons 50 to 64 years old, and any others who want to be vaccinated.

The cost of the influenza vaccine is $10, free with Medicare card. If you have any question as to whether you are at high risk, please ask your primary physician.

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