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Cold season is just around the corner and flu shots are here

With flu prevention in mind, several flu clinics will be held on the island this fall - Contributed photo
With flu prevention in mind, several flu clinics will be held on the island this fall
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Days are growing shorter, temperatures are falling, and you know what that means.

That’s right... cold and flu season is just around the corner.

With flu prevention in mind, several flu clinics will be held on the island this fall.

— San Juan Healthcare’s 2011 Drop-In Flu Clinic Schedule begins Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Walk in clinics will run every Wednesday while supplies last. Flu shots will be available by appointment only outside of our scheduled Walk in clinics.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the flu shot clinic will be held at the Mullis Center from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

For more info, call 378-1338.

— San Juan County Health and Community Services Department has adult flu vaccination clinics including this season’s “trivalent” flu vaccine, which will give residents a chance to update protection against other diseases including pneumonia, tetanus and pertussis.

The clinic dates are:

San Juan Island, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m., Mullis Senior Center in partnership with San Juan Healthcare.

Orcas Island, Friday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Orcas Senior Center

Lopez Island, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lopez Senior Center

Adult flu shots cost $30 and the Health Department can bill Medicare, Medicaid or Group Health Insurance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine preventable disease in the U.S. People over the age of 50, children under five, pregnant women, and anyone with a chronic illness are most vulnerable.

Over the years, flu vaccines have proven to be 70 percent to 90 percent effective in preventing the disease. Among the elderly, it reduces, by 70 percent, the chances of a flu illness requiring hospitalization.  Immunity develops one to two weeks after vaccination.

For more info, call 378-4474.

— The Inter Island Medical Center, at 550 Spring Street, will hold two walk in flu shot clinics on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. We will be providing regular flu shots for all ages.

High dose flu shots are also available for 65-year-olds and older.

Vaccinations for the 2010-2011 flu season include protection against the 2009 H1N1 virus and two other flu viruses.

According to medical center staff, vaccination is the best protection against the flu largely because the virus spreads easily from person to person, mostly through coughing and sneezing.

When someone with the flu coughs or sneezes near you, you can breathe in droplets that have the virus. Those droplets may also land on surfaces that you might touch with your hands.

Anyone six months of age and older can receive a flu vaccination; high-dose flu shots will be available for those 65 years of age and older during the walk-in vaccination clinics.

For more info, call 378-2141.

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