The Drew County Mass Flu Clinic will give free flu shots to anyone Thursday Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church on Highway 425 North.
Terri Richardson, director of Student Health Services and exercise room, said the event will be held as practice in mass vaccination in case of a bio-terrorism attack.
"This works well because we are able to practice while vaccinating people for free," Richardson said.
Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
According to the Center for Disease Control Web site approximately 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. get the flu each year. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, about 36,000 people die from flu and the best way to prevent getting the flu is vaccination.
Some people should not get vaccinated without first consulting a physician, they include:
Children under 6 weeks of age.
People with moderate to severe illness with a fever should wait until symptoms lessen.
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ŠThe Voice 2007
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