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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

December 17, 2003

REMAINDER OF FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE
TO HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS

Charlotte, NC - There is still a limited amount of flu vaccine remaining at the Mecklenburg County Health Department.  About 600 vaccinations were administered today at the Health Department.  The remaining vaccine will be offered on a walk-in basis and only to those at highest risk for developing serious complications from the flu. 

These high-risk groups include children 6 to 23 months, children and adults with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women in their second and third trimesters, and seniors over 65 years of age.

The flu vaccine will be made available only at the Mecklenburg County Health Department's southeast campus located at 249 Billingsley Road.  Clinic hours begin at 8:30am and the flu vaccination will be offered until the vaccine supply is exhausted.  The flu shot is $20 dollars, payable by cash or check.  The vaccination is free for those with Medicaid or Medicare "B" coverage, and at-risk children.

The Health Department expects to receive a limited amount of FluMist next week.  FluMist is a live vaccine administered as a nasal spray and is an alternative to injections for healthy individuals between the ages of 5 and 49 years.  FluMist will be $40 through the Health Department.

There also may be additional injectable vaccine delivered to the Mecklenburg County Health Department from the State within the next several weeks.  The public may be directed to the Health Department's Flu Clinic Information Hotline at 704-336-4667 for details on these additional vaccination opportunities.

General good health habits can also prevent the flu and other illnesses.  Practice frequent and thorough hand washing, avoid crowded places and close contact, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose, and stay home from school or work when you are sick.  Proper sleep and diet are also essential in maintaining good health.

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Media Contact: D.C. Lucchesi at 704-432-0344 or lucchdc@co.mecklenburg.nc.us



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