October 4, 2007
The Mecklenburg County
Health Department today announced locations for its 2007 flu shot clinics to provide county residents protection from seasonal influenza.
· Tuesday, October 16, Eastland Mall, 5471 Central Ave. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
· Tuesday, October 30, West Charlotte High School, 2219 Senior Drive, 10 a.m. - 4.p.m
· Tuesday, October 30, North Mecklenburg. High School, 11201 Old Statesville Road, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
· Sunday, November 18, Mecklenburg County Health Department, 249 Billingsley Road, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost for the vaccine is $25 and can be paid for using cash, check or charge. Medicaid and Medicare "B" will also be accepted. Please bring your insurance card.
The Centers for Disease Control has said that this year’s supply of flu vaccine will be abundant. "The single most effective way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall," says Dr. Stephen Keener, Medical Director for the Health Department. "This will not only protect you, but your loved ones, co-workers and your community, as well."
For healthy people, influenza is usually not that dangerous. However, when flu hits people over 65 or those who have other medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, serious complications such as pneumonia can occur. Also included in this
high-risk group are pregnant women and very young children. That is why the Centers for Disease Control encourages anyone in this high-risk category get vaccinated early in the season.
The very best time for a flu shot is during the months of October or November but you can still get vaccinated in December or later. Flu season generally peaks anywhere from very late January until early spring.
The flu vaccine, however, is not the only answer to staying healthy during the fall and winter months. Good health habits are essential and can help limit one’s susceptibility to colds and flu. Important but simple tips for staying well include:
Wash your hands. Cleaning your hands often will help protect you from germs.
Avoid close contact. Stay away from people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to prevent them from becoming ill.
Cover your mouth and nose. Cover both with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. This may prevent others from catching your illness.
Stay home if you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, or errands when you are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
The Health Department is not the only provider across the community offering flu shots. Private physicians, along with many drug and grocery stores, will have a wide variety of dates and times from which to choose. To see a list of these options and for more information on protecting yourself from seasonal influenza, visit
and click on Fluwatch.
Regular updates in English and Spanish can be heard by calling the Flu Clinic Information Hotline at