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TAYLOR (WWJ) - With the flu season upon us, the Wayne County Department of Public Health urges residents to get their annual flu vaccines at its Walk-in Family Flu Vaccination Clinic, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5.
The clinic will be held at the Wayne County Community College District-Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd. in Taylor, in the Educational and Performing Arts Center.
Low-cost flu shots that protect against seasonal and H1N1 flu strains circulating this year will be offered for adults and children, ages six months and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The flu vaccine is $15, cash only. Vaccines for qualifying children are $10. Medicaid will be accepted.
As an added incentive, there will be flu prevention giveaways, and adults receiving flu shots will be eligible to win prizes, including gift cards and dinner for two.
The flu is a mild to severe contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can lead to serious complications in high-risk individuals such as individuals with chronic health problems and seniors, and even result in death.
Adults attending the clinic are asked to bring:
• Exact change
• Wear a short sleeve shirt or be able to roll your shirtsleeve to top of your arm
• Immunization records of children who will be vaccinated
Who should not/cannot get the flu shot?
• People allergic to eggs or the flu vaccine
• Those who had a serious reaction to flu vaccine in the past
• Those who have previously developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting a flu shot
• Those who have a fever
Wayne County also offers flu shots for adults and children at its Wayne, Taylor and Redford area clinics throughout the 2011-2012 flu season. Walk-in days are available at the Wayne clinic, 33030 Van Born, and Taylor Health Center, 26650 Eureka Road, on Mondays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other times are by appointment only.
For more information, call the Wayne County Department of Public Health at 734-727-7000, or visit www.waynecounty.com.