October 1, 2019
Tri-State Memorial Hospital to Host Community Flu Shot Clinic
CLARKSTON, WA- Friday, September 27, 2019-Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus will host a two-day Community Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, October 9, and Thursday, October 10, from 8:00AM-6:00PM in the Tri-State Memorial Hospital Conference Room located at 1221 Highland Avenue, Clarkston. The Community Flu Shot Clinic will offer the Quadrivalent flu vaccine, which covers four strains of the flu as opposed to the three strains covered by the Trivalent vaccine. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome.
The flu vaccine will be available to anyone ages six months and older. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine annual influenza vaccinations for all persons over the age of six months, who do not have contraindications. Ask your primary care provider about the flu vaccine, even if you reacted to it previously.
“Influenza viruses are the most common cause of flu. A flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of illness, hospitalization, or even death from Influenza, and can prevent you from spreading the virus to your loved ones,” said Anubhav Kanwar, MD of Tri-State Infectious Disease, HIV & Travel Clinic. “Getting your flu vaccine by the middle of October will ensure you are protected until the end of flu season.” Dr. Kanwar stated that the flu season usually lasts until the beginning of April next year.
“A high-dose flu vaccine is slightly more effective in the elderly (age 65 years and above),” said Dr. Kanwar. The CDC recommends the flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu, and that it is especially important for those over the age of 65. Studies conducted by the CDC during the previous flu season estimates that between 54% and 70% of season flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group.
Dr. Kanwar continued on this topic by stating that there are anti-flu medicines available if you have the flu, although they should be started within two days of becoming sick. “It can shorten the duration of fever and illness symptoms, and may also reduce the risk of complications from influenza, although a flu vaccine is your best prevention,” said Dr. Kanwar.
Prior to receiving the flu vaccine, attendees will fill out a consent form. All vaccines require a $25.00 payment at time of service, or for those who choose to bill their insurance, they must present a valid insurance card.