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  • Southwest Utah Public Health Department Offers FREE Seasonal Flu Vaccine
    by David C. Heaton, Contributor
    Published - 08/31/10 - 02:32 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (St. George, UT) - The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) expects to receive their first shipments of influenza vaccine in September and has scheduled "Flu Shoot-Outs" for each county in southwest Utah.

    Local city and county governments are providing valuable assistance, along with Dixie State College, Dixie Regional Medical Center, Valley View Medical Center, and many community volunteers.

    "This year we've been able to arrange free flu vaccinations for each of our Shoot-Outs," said Paulette Valentine, SWUPHD Emergency Preparedness/Communicable Disease Director. "This is also the first time that it's been recommended for everyone over the age of six months. We hope as many people as possible will be able to come to one of our events and get immunized at no charge."

    A new flu vaccine is developed annually to immunize people against the top three flu bugs that are most likely to cause the most trouble as fall arrives. This year's vaccine will include H1N1 serum.

    Another advancement for this flu season is a high-potency flu shot for people 65 and older called "Fluzone High-Dose.” This vaccine was designed to improve the immunity of this vulnerable age group who typically do not get the full benefit from the traditional flu shot.

    Getting a flu shot is a safe way to help prevent the flu, with over 100 million flu vaccines administered every year in the United States.

    Flu Shoot-Out Schedule (FREE to ALL AGES, bring insurance card if available):

    St. George - Saturday, September 18 (9:00AM to 1:00PM) at Dixie State College (enter at 300 South)

    Kanab - Saturday, September 18 (10:00AM to 1:00PM) Kane County Health Fair (Kanab High School)

    Beaver - Wednesday, September 22 (11:00AM to 4:00PM) Fire Station

    Panguitch - Thursday, September 30 (11:00AM to 4:00PM Fire Station

    Cedar City - Saturday, Oct. 9 (9:00AM to 1:00PM) VVMC Health Fair (Valley View Hospital)

    Hurricane - Tuesday, Oct. 19 (11:00AM to 4:00PM) Hurricane Community Center

    Free flu vaccine will be offered at Shoot-Outs only, while supplies last. SWUPHD offices will offer the vaccine during clinic hours for $25, reduced rate for qualified children, or no charge with some insurance.

    For more information, visit Southwest Utah Public Health.
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