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Ag Center hosts flu shot clinic

Rod MacRae: Where people get their flu shots isn't what counts, what's important is that they get them

November 01, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Katherine Rohrer didn't even wince when Washington County Health Department Registered Nurse Laura Hanes gave her a flu shot Tuesday. The health department held a clinic at the Washington County Agricultural and Education Center.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

As she walked to her car, Williamsport resident Lorraine Troxell tried to remember the last year she did not get a flu shot.

"I think I've been getting it since it came out," she said. "I can't remember a time I didn't get it."

Troxell went to the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike on Tuesday with her husband, Richard, for the  Washington County Health Department's scheduled flu vaccination clinic. She said that such clinics make it easier for her to stay healthy.

"At our age, health care can be expensive, so this clinic is wonderful," she said. "I'm 82 years old, I've lived this long, and as long as there's something like the flu shot to help me continue to do as well as I am, I'm going to use it."

Richard Troxell said he believed everybody should get the flu vaccine, not just for themselves but for the sake of those around them.

"People with the flu are contagious, making them a danger to everybody else as well as themselves," he said. "Anybody who can get the flu shot should go out of their way to get it."

The clinic was held at the Multipurpose Building at the center at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike.

Between 9 a.m. and noon there was no line. Rod MacRae, public information officer for the health department, said the number of people getting their flu vaccines was down from years past.

"This is the second one we've had this year, but we usually do more," he said. "People now have more access to the flu vaccine, either at the supermarket or the drugstore."

MacRae said where people get their flu shots isn't what counts, what's important is that they get them.

"It doesn't really trouble us if people are getting their shots elsewhere as long as they're getting their shots," he said. "If they don't get it, then they (should) at least keep their hands clean and be conscious of the fact that this is an environment full of germs."

After initially being planned as a drive-through, the clinic was changed to a walk-in operation Monday afternoon, the health department said in a news release. Although the clinic was free, it accepted $20 donations from clients to help pay for everything, MacRae said.

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