MASON COUNTY — In preparation for the 2012-13 flu season, the Mason County Health Department will be offering their annual influenza vaccination clinics beginning on Tuesday.
The clinics will be held at the following times at the following locations: 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Mason Town Hall; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the New Haven Community Center; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Mason County Health Department; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Ashton Baptist Church; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Leon Town Hall; and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Harmony Baptist Church.
These clinics are walk-in and no prior appointment is needed to receive the vaccine. The health department also encourages anyone six months old and older to get a flu shot once a year. It was also added these clinics are open to both adults and children. Children may also receive the vaccination regardless of insurance status.
It was also reported the yearly flu vaccines are updated in order to help fight the type of flu strain that circulated in the previous flu season. Due to this, it was stated these flu vaccines contain a new virus strain.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is different from a cold and can cause mild to severe illness and can, at times, lead to death. It was also stated the flu comes on suddenly and symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Other symptoms common among children can also include vomiting and diarrhea.
The CDC also stated that while most will recover from the flu in a few days to two weeks, flu can also develop into other complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and a sinus and ear infections. It was also noted that not all who have the flu will experience a fever as well.
Those who are at a higher risk for developing complications from the flu, according the CDC, include people 65 years and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.
For more information regarding the clinics, contact the Mason County Health Department at 304-675-3050.