Health department encourages flu shots; clinics scheduled in Douglas County

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The Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., is shown on Jan. 26, 2018. It houses the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the Visiting Nurses Association of Douglas County and other providers.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering flu shots, and it encourages residents to get them — not only for their own health, but to protect those around them.

The department suggests everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated to avoid influenza.

According to a news release, up to 20 percent of the population may get the flu each year. Its complications can be fatal, particularly for infants and young children, older adults and pregnant women. Even if you have no symptoms, if you are infected, the virus can still spread to others, according to the release.

In Lawrence, the department offers flu shots on a walk-in basis at 200 Maine St. during clinic hours. Visit ldchealth.org or call the front desk at 785-843-3060 for more information.

LDCHD will also offer walk-in community flu vaccination clinics as follows:

• 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Baldwin City Public Library, 800 Seventh St., in Baldwin City

• 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Lecompton Community Building, 333 Elmore St. in Lecompton

• 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Eudora City Offices, 4 E. Seventh St. in Eudora

Those who attend should bring health insurance information and/or cash, credit cards or checks. The shots are $37 for those ages 6 months and up, and $66 for the high-dose vaccine for those ages 65 and up.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, pneumonia, influenza or both were contributing or direct causes of death to nearly 1,600 people in the 2016-17 season, and more than 1,700 people in the 2017-18 season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting vaccinated as soon as possible because it takes two weeks after the shot for protective antibodies to develop, according to the LDCHD release. Additionally, if you do get the flu, the CDC recommends staying home from work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.


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