The Marshall County Health Department will be providing a flu shot clinic on Nov. 14.

The clinic will be held at Connect Church located at 4525 Wyeth Dr. in Guntersville.

Flu vaccinations will be given to individuals, families and groups who need it. Participants are encouraged to wear a short-sleeved shirt to provide easy access to the upper arm.

People ages 6 months and older can get a flu shot for $5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The shot will be provided free to people who present their Medicare or Medicaid cards, or BlueCross/BlueShield insurance card.

Spanish speaking people are encouraged to come and Spanish speaking personnel will be onsite to assist.

Flu shots will be administered by health department nurses on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until the vaccine supply is exhausted. There will be a limited amount of high dose flu vaccine available for ages 65 and older.

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages vaccination of all persons 6 months of age and older against influenza. The flu is a very contagious respiratory illness, and the best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated each year.

Annual flu shots are recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older, anyone with a chronic disease or immunosuppression, healthcare workers, and family members and other caretakers to keep them from getting and spreading flu.

The Alabama Department of Public Health reminds everyone that influenza vaccine is the most important preventive measure against the flu. According to a recent CDC study, it’s confirmed that flu vaccination can prevent flu deaths in children.

Over a period of 30 years, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the U.S. range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people each year. Approximately 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older.

This event is a collaborative effort between local and state agencies to provide the recommended seasonal flu vaccinations, and serves as a functional exercise that demonstrates established emergency protocols for any future occurrence that would require mass public vaccination.

Partners in the clinic are the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, Marshall County Health Department, Marshall Technical School, Community Emergency Response Teams, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, Snead Community College, Guntersville Police Department, Guntersville Fire Rescue, North Alabama Health Care Coalition, Marshall Medical Centers and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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