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Flu vaccination clinics up and running

Nurse advises getting shot early

October 10, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Flu vaccination clinics are up and running throughout the county as the season is upon us.

Marshall County Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson said her office has been busy lining up clinics for towns and businesses in the area for the flu vaccine.

Thompson said it's not too early to get the shot, even though the peak season for the flu is January and February.

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"Now is the time to get it so your body has time to develop the immunity that it needs," Thompson said.

Thompson has had no confirmed respiratory flu cases in the county, but she said people may have had the flu and not been tested. There have been confirmed flu cases in Iowa.

"There are no flu cases, but it's coming," Thompson said.

As the weather gets colder, there is greater chances of the flu spreading.

"We are in closer contact with each other," Thompson said.

As always, she has three main points of advice to help prevent the spread of the flu and they include to wash hands frequently, cover your cough and stay home when you're sick.

This year's flu vaccine will have the H1N1 vaccine, as it has for the past three years. Aside from the county-run clinics, vaccine is also available at local pharmacies and doctors' offices. The vaccine is recommended for all ages 6 months and older and the county clinics have the shot for $30 and the mist for $35.

For more information on vaccinations clinics or on the seasonal flu, call public health at 641-754-6353.



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