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10/18/04

Flu Vaccine Available Tuesday for High-Risk Population

The City of Lubbock Health Department will administer 750 doses of flu vaccine to high-risk persons on Tuesday, October 19th from 1-4pm (or until vaccine runs out) at the City of Lubbock Health Department, which is located at 1902 Texas Avenue.

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The cost will be $10/person. Medicare will be accepted. This vaccine will be for those persons who fall within the high-risk priority groups as defined by the Centers for Disease Control last week.

These groups include:

  • all adults aged 65 years and older
  • persons aged 3-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions
  • all women who are in their second trimester of pregnancy
  • residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • children 3-18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy
  • health-care workers with direct face-to-face patient contact
  • out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged <6 months.

Individuals not eligible to receive this vaccine are:

  • Healthy adults
  • Healthy children
  • Children less than 3 years of age
  • Household contacts of high-risk

"We are asking that if you are healthy to please defer from getting your flu shot at t his time. Our goal with this shipment of vaccine is to try and reach those persons 3 years of age and older who have true high-risk conditions and/or who are at risk from complications should they contract the flu. At this time we still do not have any flu vaccine for children 6-35 months of age," says Beckie Brawley, R.N., BSN Public Health Coordinator.

Those healthy individuals not eligible to receive the flu shot can prevent becoming ill by good regular handwashing, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, if you are ill staying at home, and if you know of someone who is ill staying away from them.

Reminder: You cannot take the flu shot if you are ill with a fever or have an allergy to eggs.

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