The Marshall County Health Department will be providing a flu shot clinic on Nov. 14. The clinic will be held at Connect Church in Guntersville.

Flu vaccinations will be given to individuals, families and groups. The one receiving the shot is encouraged to wear a short-sleeved shirt so that there is easy access to the upper arm.

People ages 6 months and older can get a flu shot for $5 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The shot will be provided free to people who present their Medicare or Medicaid cards, or BlueCross/BlueShield insurance card.

Spanish speaking people are encouraged to come. There will be Spanish speaking personnel onsite to assist.

Flu shots will be administered by Health Department Nurses on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until the vaccine supply is gone. There will be a limited amount of high dose flu vaccine available for ages 65 and older.

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages getting your flu vaccination to all ages 6 months and older. The flu is a very contagious respi-

(Continued on page 8) ratory illness, and the best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated each year.

Annual flu shots are recommended for all that are 6 months and older and anyone with a chronic disease or are immunosuppressed, healthcare workers, and family members and other caretakers to keep them from getting and spreading flu. The Alabama Department of Public Health reminds everyone that influenza vaccine is the most important preventive measure against the flu.

Partners in the clinic are the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, Marshall County Health Department, Marshall Technical School, Community Emergency Response Teams, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, Snead Community College, Guntersville Police Department, Guntersville Fire Rescue, North Alabama Health Care Coalition, Marshall Medical Centers, and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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