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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Drive-through flu shot clinic scheduled

  • The time for taking influenza precautions has arrived again and Unity Health Center hopes to make flu prevention easier this year with a free drive-through flu clinic.


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  • The time for taking influenza precautions has arrived again and Unity Health Center hopes to make flu prevention easier this year with a free drive-through flu clinic.
    The clinic will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – or while supplies last – Saturday, Oct. 30, at the hospital’s south campus, 1900 Gordon Cooper Drive.
    The flu shots are free to children and adults, regardless of whether or not they fit within the “high risk” category.
    The high risk category includes those who are 50 or older; all children, “especially 6 months to 4 years;” pregnant women; patients with cancer, lung or heart disease, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS or other chronic health disorders; and those who live with or care for an individual who fits into this category.
    Appointments aren’t necessary. However, early arrival helps ensure an individual will not be affected if supplies run out before 3 p.m.
    Those who would like to receive the free flu shot should enter Unity’s south campus at the north entrance.
    This year’s influenza shot includes protection against specific flu viruses, including H1N1, which is the strain of virus that caused a lot of concern during last flu season.
    However, any individuals who have experienced a serious allergic reaction to eggs, thimerosal – “a mercury derivative in contact lens cleaners” – or previous flu vaccine, as well as those with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome should call a doctor before being vaccinated.
    For additional information, call Unity’s Infection Control department at 878-8157.

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