Glenwood and Rifle flu shot clinics to take place Saturday
The first cases of seasonal influenza have recently been reported in Colorado. If you have been putting it off, or haven’t given flu season much thought, now is the time to get your vaccination.
Community flu vaccine clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Garfield County Public Health departments in Rifle and Glenwood Springs. The Rifle location is at 195 W. 14th St., across from City Market. The Glenwood office is at 2014 Blake Ave., next to Valley View Hospital. No appointments are necessary.
The health department typically works in October to administer flu vaccinations to thousands of county residents.
“This year was a little different for us,” said Danielle Yost, immunizations coordinator for Garfield County Public Health. “Some health-care providers have experienced a delay in receiving flu vaccine from manufacturers. Normally, we have held several community flu clinics by this time in the season. But with only a limited amount of vaccine, we weren’t able to schedule as many of those clinics yet.”
Though the initial vaccine delay affected some health-care providers’ abilities to vaccinate early, more than two-thirds of the requested vaccine supply has now been distributed.
“There is still plenty of time to take advantage of vaccination to protect yourself this flu season,” said Yost. “Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and February, although it can last as late as May. The flu vaccine offers the best protection against the flu, for you, your family, and for the community. The more people that are vaccinated, the safer we all are.”
Garfield County Public Health will offer additional flu clinics as it receives more vaccine.
For more information on seasonal influenza, or for questions about flu clinics, contact Garfield County Public Health at 970-945-6614, or visit garfield-county.com.
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