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Community flu shot clinic planned for Sept. 29

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HANCOCK – Local health agencies will once again join forces at a September community flu shot clinic at the Hancock High School.

Western U.P. Health Department, Aspirus Keweenaw, and Portage Health, will provide flu shots at a fast, convenient vaccination clinic, Saturday Sept. 29 from 10-1 at the Hancock High School Gymnasium.

“This clinic provides local health care partners an opportunity to exercise emergency plans,” said Pete Baril, Western U.P. Health Department preparedness coordinator. “With staff from three health care organizations and nursing students, the clinic is quick and efficient.”

Annual flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Certain groups including; young children, those over the age of 65, pregnant women, and individuals with asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung conditions are at the greatest risk of flu-related complications.

“It’s difficult to predict how severe each flu season will be, however, we do know that getting vaccinated is the best line of defense against influenza,” said Western U.P. Health Department Medical Director, Dr. Terry Frankovich.

Flu Shots will cost $25 per person, with no charge to clients who present a current Medicare or Medicaid card. Many children qualify for free or reduced rates through the Vaccines for Children Program. Those with private insurance will be given receipts and billing forms to submit for reimbursement. Drive-thru service will be available for those with limited mobility.

For more information, call the health department in Hancock at (906) 482-7382.

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