Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Sedgwick County Health Department has announced they have 400 FluMist doses to offer Sedgwick County citizens age 2-49
years who have not already been vaccinated this season.
The doses are being offered FREE of charge due to a national initiative through National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
The doses are available on a first-come, first-served basis, starting tomorrow, Friday, January 16.
FluMist is a nasal spray that offers protection against the flu. Anyone in the identified age range (2-49) interested in flu prevention should take advantage of this opportunity.
Receiving flu protection without the negative side effect of being poked by a needle may be appealing to many; however there are some people who should NOT receive FluMist. Those people include:
• Adults older than 50 years of age
• Children younger than 2 years of age.
• Children younger than 5 with one or more episodes of wheezing in the past year
• Children or adolescents on long-term aspirin treatment
• Pregnant women
• People who have long-term health problems including:
o Heart, lung, kidney or liver disease
o Metabolic disease, such as diabetes
o Anemia, and other blood disorders
o Anyone with muscle or nerve illnesses, such as seizure disorders or
cerebral palsy, that can lead to breathing or swallowing problems
o Anyone with a weakened immune system.
The free FluMist doses will be available starting Friday, January 16 at the Sedgwick County Health Department’s West Central Clinic location (2716 W. Central). FluMist will available during hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Thursday, 12:00 - 6:00 PM. An appointment is not needed.
he flu season typically ends around March; however it can last through May. FluMist takes two weeks to become active. Since flu season typically peaks in January or February, it is NOT too late to get protected this season!
Although all individuals are encouraged to be vaccinated, those who fall within the “high risk” group should get vaccinated as soon as possible. For a list of who is included in the high risk group, visit www.sedgwickcounty.org.
Besides getting a flu shot, there are other things everyone can do to reduce the spread of the flu and other diseases:
• Practice good hand washing habits
• Cough and sneeze into your elbow
• Stay home when sick
• Visit www.sedgwickcounty.org to download free educational posters.