Flu shots available at Grace Cottage

TOWNSHEND — Grace Cottage Family Health will offer flu shots to the public on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.

No appointment is needed.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone older than 6 months get a yearly flu vaccine, ideally by October.

According to Grace Cottage, getting an annual seasonal flu vaccine is your best way of avoiding seasonal flu and lessening the chance you'll spread it to others.

Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are common with the flu.

People over 65 or with any chronic disease, such as diabetes or asthma, have a higher risk of contracting the flu and are especially urged to get a flu shot, Grace Cottage said in a press release.

Only one shot is needed this year for protection against three different flu viruses, including H1N1 and seasonal flu. The shot takes about two weeks to take full effect.

Note: The flu shot cannot be given to anyone with an allergy to eggs or latex, or to anyone with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

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