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By Cynthia Haggitt
It’s that time of year again, flu season. Many people don’t realize it, but the flu can be a very serious illness and the Calhoun County Health Department will be offering drive through flu shot clinics for those five years of age and older by appointment only. Drive through clinics will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm – 3:15pm in front of the health department located at 210 French Street, Hardin.
According to the CDC website, “Influenza (flu) is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Flu can mean a few days of feeling bad and missing work or it can result in more serious illness. According to the Calhoun County Health Department website, “An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. Children five years or younger can have an appointment in the office. For appointments, please call the Health Department at 618-576-2428 and have your current, primary insurance card available as we will need this information to set up your appointment. If you are without insurance or your insurance does not cover flu vaccines, we do have self-pay vaccines available.”