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You may not want to get that flu shot

If you're a healthy adult, don't get a flu shot.

That’s what health agencies are advising, after a flu-vaccine plant in Liverpool, England, closed down this week because of bacterial contamination at the facility. By Carrie ClickPost Independent StaffIf you’re a healthy adult, don’t get a flu shot.That’s what health agencies are advising, after a flu-vaccine plant in Liverpool, England, closed down this week because of bacterial contamination at the facility. Estimates are that half of the world’s flu vaccine has been eliminated. That’s prompted Garfield County Public Health Nursing Service to join health officials in the rest of the state, the country, and even the world who are modifying plans to distribute this year’s influenza vaccine.Earlier this week, the nursing service publicized dates for a number of flu shot clinics scheduled throughout the county this month. All those clinics are now on hold, according to the county’s immunization program coordinator Sara Harter.”Nothing’s being planned now,” Harter said. “We’ve put the clinics on hold.” In the meantime, the county has a very limited supply of vaccine, which it is administering on a case-by-case basis, Harter said. “We’re targeting only the high-risk population,” she said. “When people call in, we’re assessing their situation, and determining if they fall into the high risk category.” Harter said those who feel they fall into the high risk category should contact their private doctor or the public health department. She said the county health department will provide flu vaccines for this high risk population as long as vaccine is available.And for those who fall into the “healthy adult” category, 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. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com


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