FARMINGTON — San Juan Regional Medical Center will offer several free flu clinics this month as part of its Fight the Flu campaign, according to a news release.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend vaccinations for everyone six months or older, especially those at high risk. High risk groups include pregnant women, children younger than 5 and adults 50 and older, as well as people with certain chronic medical conditions, those who live in nursing homes and anyone who cares for those at high risk, such as healthcare workers.
"While it is nearly impossible to predict the exact timing and severity of the flu season each year, what is known is that taking a proactive approach does make a difference in your overall health," said Roberta Rogers, the hospital's marketing manager. "Medical professionals and San Juan Regional Medical Center urge (the public) to be proactive about their health and get their flu vaccines so they can stay healthy during this flu season."
Rogers adds that people can also increase their odds of staying flu-free by taking a few common-sense measures. Those include washing hands frequently; covering coughs; not sharing drinking glasses, cups or towels; and avoiding being around others who are sick.
Flu clinic vaccines will be provided to adults 18 and older on a first-come, first-served basis, until clinic supplies run out. No appointment is necessary.
Flu shots are also available at most area medical offices and at Walgreens' pharmacies, which administer the vaccine to anyone 7 years or older. Walgreens charges $31.99 for the vaccination, although most insurance plans will cover one flu shot per year, said Celeste Selph, a pharmacist at Walgreens.
"People can come in anytime the pharmacy is open ... They just fill out some paperwork, and it usually takes about 20 minutes," Selph said.