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Ray Health Department administering flu shots throughout county

Ray County Health Department is offering flu shots this fall at different locations and times.
“Now is the best time to get your influenza vaccination,” said Stacey Cox, R.N. and administrator of the health department. “Getting a shot now gives the body time to produce the antibodies to mount a strong defense.”
Seasonal flu vaccinations are recommended for people at risk for a serious case of influenza or those who may have complications from the flu, but even healthy adults and children older than six months can benefit from the shot.
“At – risk groups include individuals over the age of 65, people who have serious, long – term health problems such as diabetes, heart or lung disease and patients with suppressed or weakened immune systems,” Cox said.
Influenza vaccinations should be readministered annually. Each year the vaccine is designed to protect against flu viruses likely to circulate in the United States during the upcoming winter. The flu shot will aid in preventing 60 to 70 percent of flu strains and 90 percent of deaths related to influenza.
The flu shots will be available for $20 or a recipient’s Medicare Part B or Medicaid card. Services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.
The following clinics are scheduled during the next few weeks; however, the schedule may change due to vaccine availability:

Oct. 6, Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Oct. 7, Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 8, Camden Methodist Church, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Henrietta City Hall 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 9, Millville United Methodist Church, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Knoxville Community Church, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 10, Ray County Senior Nutrition Center, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 13, Closed – Columbus Day
Oct. 14, Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Hardin City Hall, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 15, Wood Heights City Hall, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 16, Stet Bethany Church of the Brethren, 11 a.m. – Noon; Orrick Lions Club, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Oct. 17, Lawson Assembly of God Church, 1 p.m. –  4 p.m.
Oct. 20, Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Oct. 21, Ray County Health Department, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Lawson United Christian Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Oct. 24, Ray County Senior Nutrition Center, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 27, Ray County Health Department 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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