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Health department flu shot clinic Saturday for people at risk

December 01, 2000

Health department flu shot clinic Saturday for people at risk



A Washington County Health Department influenza and pneumonia vaccine clinic for adults will be offered Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.

The clinic is for people in the Category 1 risk classification, said Pat Firey, program supervisor in maternal/childhood nursing at the health department. Clinic nurses will ask people if they are "well," Firey said. It's better not to get the shot if you have a fever, because you won't know if you are sick with the illness you already have or if you are having side effects from the vaccine, she added.

Category 1 includes:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Those ages 65 or older

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Adults with serious long-term health problems, including asthma, heart, lung or kidney disease, or metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, anemia and other blood disorders

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Anyone whose immune system is weakened because of long-term treatment with drugs such as steroids; cancer treatment with X-ray or drugs; or HIV/AIDS or other diseases that affect the immune system

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season.

Adults not at Category 1 risk are encouraged to get flu shots, but at a later clinic, Firey said.

Flu shots are recommended for those younger than 18 who are at high risk. They need an order from their family physician to get a vaccination at the health department. Call 301-791-3210 for an appointment.

The cost is $7. Medicare can be billed. Bring your card.

If there is a snow emergency Dec. 9, the clinic will be rescheduled.

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