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Free flu vaccination clinics today in Rifle, Glenwood

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Garfield County Public Health will give free flu shots this afternoon and evening for school-aged children and their families who have not yet received them. No appointment is necessary.

The clinics will be held in the health department’s offices at 2014 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs, and 195 W. 14th St. in Rifle, from 2 to 7 p.m. today.

Since Oct. 3, more than 135 individuals have been hospitalized with the flu across Colorado.

Ken Gershman, director of Communicable Diseases at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said, “It’s important people not let their guard down and get a flu vaccination to prevent the flu. The flu is circulating statewide and across the nation, and people must know they can protect themselves.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending everyone over 6 months of age get a flu vaccination.

Flu, or influenza, is a potentially serious disease that causes significant illness and death each year. The CDC reported 12,000 deaths around the nation last flu season due to the 2009 H1N1 virus. Protection against H1N1, and two other circulating influenza strains, is contained in this season’s flu vaccination.

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot who cannot make today’s clinics can call to set up an appointment. For more information about flu or the vaccine, call Garfield County Public Health at (970) 625-5200 in Rifle or (970) 945-6614 in Glenwood.

– Staff Report

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