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Free Flu Shots - October 25, 2008
Preparedness Exercise Helps Locals Fight the Flu Season
Posted Date: 10/7/2008

                Walk-in Clinic                                              Drive-thru Clinic
                Carson High School, North Gymnasium            Carson City Health Department
                1111 N. Saliman                                            900 E. Long Street

With the flu season quickly approaching, the Carson City Health and Human Services Department is reminding residents to get a flu vaccination during the next two months. Influenza is not just a winter inconvenience, but a contagious respiratory illness. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to complications, hospitalization, and even death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. For those leery of shots, the Health Department also has a large supply of the nasal spray vaccine, FluMist.

Carson City Health and Human Services is partnering with health authorities around the State, including the Washoe County District Health Department and Nevada State Health Division, to test communications and collaboration. Practicing emergency response plans prepares the Health Department to respond during an emergency that necessitates community-wide distribution of vaccines or medications due to a widespread disaster.

Our venue for exercising our plans is a free flu clinic being held on Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on a first come – first served basis. There will be two clinic locations in Carson City to receive free flu shots. A walk-in clinic will be held at Carson High School, in the North large gymnasium, and a drive-thru clinic at the Carson City Health Department at 900 E. Long Street. The parking lot of the high school will open at 8 a.m. Drive-thru participants are asked to wait until 9 a.m. to avoid causing traffic complications. In addition, there will be a free flu clinic at Douglas High School in Minden and Bishop Manogue High School in Reno. These events are open to anyone from any city or county who is age six months or older.

Several agencies and organizations, including Carson City EMS, Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, Carson City School District, MedDirect, Nevada Public Health Foundation, Mental Health Rural Clinics and Sierra Surgery will be active participants in this real-life exercise. More than 75 citizen volunteers will support the Health Department by volunteering at the two flu clinics.

“This is the fifth year we’ve held a free flu shot clinic and we’re excited about the opportunity to protect our community and also test our capabilities.” Health Director Marena Works said “Last year was an especially bad flu season and our community experienced flu-related deaths. I encourage everyone to get their flu shot this year and protect themselves, but also prevent the spread of this contagious infection and protect others.”  

Click here for the press release and additional information.

Contact:
Marena Works, Director
Carson City Health & Human Services
(775) 887-2190

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