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Angelina Health district plans Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine

Angelina Health district plans Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 9:50am

The Angelina County and Cities Health District will conduct its fifth annual Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Day on Thursday.

Anyone wanting to receive this year’s flu vaccination can drive up to the health district, at 503 Hill St., between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Immunization Director Sarah Adams said the district will vaccinate anyone in the vehicle for $20 each.

“This is a fast and easy way the public can be vaccinated without getting out of their car. It takes less than five minutes,” Adams said. “It’s extremely important to get your flu vaccination every year to protect yourself and the community. There is very little flu activity in Angelina County, and we want to keep it that way.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Children, people age 65 years and older, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system especially need to be vaccinated.

“A vaccinated community is a healthy community,” Adams said. “There will be no vaccination shortage this year. We’re not worried about running out.”

Adams also encouraged parents, siblings, grandparents and caregivers of children under 6 months of age to protect themselves against the flu.

“This way you don’t bring the flu to the baby, who has no protection,” Adams said.

The CDC states people should get the vaccine as soon as it is available, and the immunization will last all year-round.

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