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Health department schedules 2018 flu clinics

First one Oct 11 at Granville Legion

People of all ages should take steps to protect themselves from the flu.
People of all ages should take steps to protect themselves from the flu.

HENNEPIN — The Putnam County Health Department is now offering walk-in flu clinics for adults age 18 years and older.

Most private insurance is accepted. Medicare Part B, cash and checks will also be accepted. Participants should bring a current insurance card or Medicare Part B card with them. For all others, the fee is $30 cash or check. (Medicaid is not accepted for adult flu vaccines.)

Those not able to attend the clinics may call the Putnam County Health Department for an appointment.

Children’s flu shots will be given in the Putnam County Health Department office by appointment. The Health Department is at 220 E. High St. in Hennepin.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, everyone age 6 months or older should get a flu shot. Following the “three C’s” (cover your cough, contain the spread of disease by staying home if you are sick, and control the disease by washing your hands) will also help to keep your family healthy during flu season.

On average, 5 to 20 percent of Americans catch the flu every year, with more than 200,000 being hospitalized (including 20,000 children ) and 36,000 dying from flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is getting a flu shot every year.

The following clinics are for adults 18 years and older. Call the health department at 815-925-7326 for children’s flu shot appointments and adults not able to attend the public clinics.

Walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary, will be held on the following dates:

• Thursday, Oct. 11 — 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Granville American Legion.

• Monday, Oct. 15 — 4:30 to 6 p.m. at McNabb EMS Building on Route 89.

• Tuesday, Oct. 16 — 2 to 3 p.m. at the Hennepin Pool.

• Thursday, Oct. 18 — 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Standard Senior Center-PCAS.

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