County flu clinics to serve only those at high risk
The Garfield County Public Health Nursing Service will be giving flu vaccinations Tuesday to children, seniors and those who fall into the high-priority category. By Carrie ClickPost Independent StaffThe Garfield County Public Health Nursing Service will be giving flu vaccinations Tuesday to children, seniors and those who fall into the high-priority category. The county’s flu clinics will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Rifle and Glenwood Springs public health offices (see box). “We will be concentrating on children 6-23 months, children with chronic illnesses, and adults who fit into the high-priority group,” said immunization coordinator Sara Harter of Garfield County Public Health. The U.S. flu vaccine supply was cut by half Oct. 5 when bacterial contamination closed down a Liverpool, England, vaccine facility. That’s prompted Garfield County Public Health Nursing Service to join with the Centers for Disease Control in recommending that people not in the high-risk category should either delay or forego receiving vaccinations (see box). Besides the county health department, physicians in private practice may have limited supplies of the vaccine. For healthy adults not receiving vaccines, Harter said there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of contacting or spreading the flu.She said to avoid close contact with people who are sick, and to stay home from work or school when you’re sick. Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and washing your hands regularly can also minimize or prevent spreading the flu. People at high-risk for flu can receive a vaccine from 7:30-5:30 p.m. at two locations Tuesday, Oct. 19:Rifle Public Health Office902 Taughenbaugh Blvd. #104Rifle, CO 81650970-625-5200Those considered in the high-priority category include: • All children aged 6-23 mos.• Pregnant women• Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities• Adults more than 65 years old• Children aged 6 mos.-18 years on chronic aspirin therapy • Health care workers and care givers involved in direct patient care• People aged 2-64 years with chronic medical conditions, including heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, metabolic disease, such as diabetes, asthma, anemia and other blood disorders, and weakened immune systemsPeople who have severe allergic reactions to hen’s eggs should not receive flu vaccines. Call 945-6614 or 625- 5200 for further information.
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