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Community Wide Walk-in Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Clinics at LRH

October 1, 2011

Littleton Regional Hospital will provide flu vaccines at their annual "walk-in" flu vaccine clinic at Littleton Regional Hospital on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 am - Noon and 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Occupational Health Department located next to the Emergency Department at LRH. Those interested in receiving a flu vaccine can stop by between these designated hours.

The cost of this year's influenza vaccine is $20 per person. Individuals must be 18 years of age and older to receive the vaccine. The following methods of payment will be accepted - Cash, Check, Credit and/or Debit Card and Government issued Part B Medicare. LRH will submit the necessary paperwork for anyone covered by Medicare and will offer receipts. For your comfort, please wear a short-sleeved shirt that can be rolled up to your shoulder.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average 5 - 20% of the population gets the flu. On average, 226,000 people are hospitalized every year because of influenza and 36,000 people die from the flu. Some people are at higher risk for flu complications including elderly, children and people with certain health conditions.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and stomach symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, which is uncommon but often occurs in children.

The flu virus spreads mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Some people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 - 2 days before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick, which means you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. If soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly are fast acting and reduce the number of germs on skin.

Littleton Regional Hospital's Occupational Health Department will continue to provide flu vaccines while supplies last. Questions regarding flu vaccines should be directed to (603) 444-9294.

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