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Health department offers adult flu shots at senior center

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With flu season fast approaching, Franklin County Public Health is offering Pickerington area adults the opportunity to receive their seasonal flu shot from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 in the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.

According to Marjorie Sherrod of the Pickerington Senior Center, the cost for a flu shot will be $25 for those 19 years old and older.

Sherrod said a high-dose flu shot that is especially formulated for seniors 65 years old and older is $45.

Payment methods accepted include cash, check, VISA and Mastercard.

Sherrod said Franklin County Public Health, which serves Pickerington, will accept insurance.

"There will be no co-pay if you have an insurance card," she said, adding that those wishing to receive a flu shot can just show up at the Senior Center without registering beforehand.

"You don't have to sign up for it," said Sherrod.

Mitzi Kline, communications director for Franklin County Public Health said "it's important that everyone 6 months or older gets their flu shot every year. It not only protects you, but your families, friends and co-workers from becoming ill as well."

Kline said it is also imperative that people understand the shots are safe.

"There are a lot of myths out there," she said.

"Some people say they can get sick off the flu shot, that's a myth," Kline said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only one in 4 million people suffer an allergic reaction to the flu shot.

The CDC has stated influenza seasons are unpredictable in that they can begin as early as October, though it most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February.

The CDC states that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and protect against the flu.

Kline said senior citizens are most at-risk for the flu, thus the reason behind offering those 65 and older the high-dose flu vaccine called "fluzone."

"It's just a higher dose, there is more in the shots to protect older people," she said, adding the high-dose vaccine was approved by the CDC "a couple of years ago."

Whereas the Pickerington Senior Center program targets adults, Kline said children can get immunized from the flu Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way.

"We do the childhood clinics every single month, but the (program) at the Senior Center is a one-time deal," Kline said.

For additional information, visit www.myfcph.org or call 614-525-3719.

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