[College Hill Topeka] Fwd: Media Release: Health Department to offer free Flu vaccine to community

Katrina Shaw katkake1 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 14:29:18 EST 2019

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From: Rachelle Vega-Retana <rvretana at topeka.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 1:26 PM
Subject: Media Release: Health Department to offer free Flu vaccine to


*Health Department to offer free Flu vaccine to community*

Topeka, Kan. – Due to the increase in flu activity in our community and
across the State the Shawnee County Health Department (SCHD) will begin
offering *FREE* flu vaccine to anyone six months and older *starting Monday
February 4, 2019*, while supplies last.

Even though this year’s current flu severity is lower than last season’s,
flu is still taking a serious toll according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). So far during this flu season (October 1,
2018 through January 19, 2019) the CDC estimates that there have been up to
11.4 million flu illnesses, 5.4 million flu medical visits, and 136,000 flu
hospitalizations across the United States. The CDC recommends that the best
way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

The flu shot will cause antibodies to develop in the body after
vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection from the
flu virus. The flu contributes to approximately 39,000 deaths in the United
States every year.

Anyone can visit our immunization clinic at 2115 SW 10th Ave during regular
clinic hours (see below) to receive their flu shot, no appointment is
needed. For more information about getting a flu shot from SCHD call

*Immunization Clinic Hours:*

Monday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

8:00 am - 11:00 am
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Additionally SCHD encourages residents to take the following steps to help
minimize the spread of germs:

   - Avoid close contact when possible
   - Wash your hands
   - Cover your cough
   - Stay home if you are sick
   - Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
   - Regularly practice good health habits

For more information visit the CDC’s flu homepage: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/


*The Shawnee County Health Department is dedicated to protecting health in
the community by providing prevention, education, and health care services.*

*Follow us on Facebook and Twitter*

[image: Logo_Color_Transparent(3x2.5)]*Craig Barnes*

Division Manager

Community Health Outreach and

Shawnee County Health Department

2600 SW East Circle Drive

Topeka, KS 66606


785.251.5612 office

785.806.6310 cell

785.251.3699 fax

Rachelle Vega-Retana

Grants Administrator

City of Topeka

Dept. of Neighborhood Relations

620 SE Madison St.  1st Floor – Unit 8

Topeka, Ks. 66607

Phone: (785) 368-4490

Fax:       (785) 368-2546

Email:    rvretana at topeka.org

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