Hospital sets days to offer flu shots to public

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Although the peak of flu season has past, physicians say thevirus is still active until April and are urging people to takeadvantage of two opportunities to receive vaccinations.

King’s Daughters Medical Center will offer flu vaccine shots onThursday and Feb. 5 in the main lobby of the hospital.

Shots will be administered to people 15 years of age and olderThursday from 7 to 9 a.m. and on Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at acost of $15. Payment for the shot is by cash or check only.

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The times on the two days were chosen to accommodate a widevariety of work schedules, including before school and the lunchhour, said Kim Bridge, community educator at KDMC.

“We hope that the community will take advantage of this serviceand use the resources we are offering them as a hospital,” he said.”We cannot stress enough that it is not too late to receive thevaccine and it may save the individual from illness later in theseason.”

Bridge said sometimes people believe that once December andJanuary have passed that the threat of contracting the flu isgone.

“That’s simply not true,” he said.

The hospital received the vaccine early in the season, Bridgesaid. It was earlier offered to hospital employees and volunteers,school teachers and churches.

“We have additional doses left, so we’re offering it to thecommunity and letting them know it is available from the hospitalin addition to the traditional places they would expect, like theirphysician’s office and the health department,” he said.

Bridge said the hospital can also conduct group vaccinations fororganizations and churches with any vaccine not used during the twowalkthroughs at KDMC.

For more information, call (601) 835-9406.